Preliminary Steps

Before you begin, open the computer, and lay it on its side with the access side facing up.

Important: Make sure the latch on the back panel is in the up position. When the latch is down, the optical drives and carrier are locked in place and you will not be able to remove them.

Removing the Optical Drive Carrier and Optical Drives

1. Make sure the latch on the back panel is up, so that the drives and carriers are unlocked.

2. Pull the optical drive carrier part way out of the computer.

3. Disconnect the power and ribbon cables from the optical drive(s) and remove the carrier.

4. If you are replacing the optical drive with a new optical drive, do the following:

  • Remove the four mounting screws and remove the optical drive from the carrier.
  • Use the four screws to mount the replacement drive in the carrier.

Note: If you are adding a second drive to the carrier, use the four screws stored on the back of the drive carrier to secure the drive to the carrier.

Replacing the Optical Drive Carrier and Optical Drives

Important: Use the original Apple cables that came with the computer when you install or replace the optical drives. If just one optical drive is installed, tuck the cables for the second drive out of the way.

1. Attach the power and ribbon cables to the back of the drive(s).

Important: Attach the connector on the end of the optical drive ribbon cable and the connector in the middle of the optical drive power cable to the top drive. If there is a second drive in the carrier, attach the remaining optical drive ribbon and power connectors to the bottom drive.

2. Slide the optical drive carrier over the guides and into place in the optical drive bay.

Important: Be very careful not to catch the cables under the carrier as you slide it into the bay.

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