Optical Drive Disc Removal Technique, or Foreign Object Removal


  1. Optical Drive Disc Removal Technique, or Foreign Object Removal, Optical Drive Disc Removal Technique, or Foreign Object Removal: crwdns2935265:01crwdnd2935265:01crwdnd2935265:01crwdne2935265:0
    • With the optical drive removed from the computer, remove the screws securing the top panel of the optical drive.

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    • With the screws removed, shift the top panel slightly toward the rear of the optical drive so the retaining tabs clear the body of the drive.

    • Lift the top panel off the optical drive.

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    • Remove any objects stuck in the optical drive.

    • If a disk is stuck in the drive, simply lift it off the spindle motor.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.



There should be a caveat. The screws are extremely tiny and can strip easily, besides get lost. Be sure to work away from the edge of a table. On my MBP early 2008 17" there are three brackets, it's a good idea to snap a photo of the layout or mark with a pen to help re-orient.

Also though my case looked like the one above, the label was reversed and the drive was a Panasonic made in China. On trying to open the case per the instructions it should be noted there's a circuit board looking piece of plastic with the ribbon cable, remove first by prying away.

macvoodoodr - crwdns2934203:0crwdne2934203:0

Also when I got the left side unhinged, the right side would not slide so it took twisting the top clockwise, the right side stayed attached though I got the case cracked about 45 degrees and got my system install disk out. On reassembly be very careful to line up the top holes to the metal underneath, and check first around the case edge that it is completely seated. Don't over tighten the screws or they will strip.

Never the less on the rear bracket that fastens to the logic board hole the screws wouldn't take and the bracket stayed loose. Am considering a dab of epoxy in the holes wiped flush to re-attach the bracket after drying.

macvoodoodr - crwdns2934203:0crwdne2934203:0

Hi Andrew, I managed to do this stage to remove a stuck disc after all the Apple suggestions failed and found it straight forward and interesting. However after reinstalling everything back in place and powering up I found everything working as before with the exception of the WiFi/Bluetooth and possibly the camera,although I haven't tested that yet. Due to enlarging the screen on my IPad to view stage 5 in greater detail, the written word on the right Was off screen so I missed the part regarding the small clear plastic cable retainer and also the part about aligning the connector . Is it possible this could have a bearing on my lack of wifi and Bluetooth? I notice in some other comments that people have broken this small clear plastic retainer and although I didn't see anything laying on the logic board would that last be relevant to the missing hardware? Regards Peter

Peter Mayo - crwdns2934203:0crwdne2934203:0

Excellent instructions. I dismantled my 2006 macbook, and my optical drive, to retrieve an installation disk that mysteriously wasn't booting. Funnily enough, the drive was empty. Ha, ha. Then I noticed the disk on the mantelpiece... . However, the whole experience was educational and kinda fun.

Did I reassemble it? No: almost everything, especially the software was on its last legs, so I succumbed to my wife's persistent demands to put it out of its misery. Lovely machine though. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Sob.

Peter Hancock - crwdns2934203:0crwdne2934203:0



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