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  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

    • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent. Remove the lower case.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board. It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

  4. Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  6. Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Though not recommended by iFixit staff, some users opt to omit this step completely. For information on this, see the step comments.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

  7. Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket. De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
    • Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  8. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board. De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  9. Remove the following five screws:
    • Remove the following five screws:

    • Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 3.1 mm Phillips screws

    • One 5 mm Phillips screw

  10. Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other. Move the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the subwoofer away from the top of the optical drive.
    • Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.

    • Move the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the subwoofer away from the top of the optical drive.

  11. Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable out from under the retaining finger near the side of the optical drive. Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable upward to disconnect it from the logic board.
    • Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable out from under the retaining finger near the side of the optical drive.

    • Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable upward to disconnect it from the logic board.

  12. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the hard drive cable away from the optical drive.

  13. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  14. Remove the three 2.7 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.
    • Remove the three 2.7 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

  15. Pull the optical drive upward from its edge closest to the display and remove it from the upper case.
    • Pull the optical drive upward from its edge closest to the display and remove it from the upper case.

  16. Pull the optical drive cable away from the optical drive. Be sure to pull on the connector, not the cable itself.
    • Pull the optical drive cable away from the optical drive.

    • Be sure to pull on the connector, not the cable itself.

    • Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.

Conclusión

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

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I am confused - per Apple's specs, this model doesn't have an optical drive: https://support.apple.com/kb/sp649?local...

tempelmann - Contestar

Yes, the specs say so:

Connections and Expansion

MagSafe power port

Gigabit Ethernet port

FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)

Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)

Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)

Headphone port

SDXC card slot

Kensington lock slot

8x SuperDrive <-

Florian Schulz -

Am I the only one who finds this ‘guide’ to me inappropriately titled. I mean, it should be called ‘optical drive removal and that’s it’. The title it currently has led me to believe that it would not only show how to take out the optical drive, but that it would then show me how to put in the new hard drive I have. In other words, where’s the rest? That nobody else has posted this comment is making me equally crazy right now. It’s got me so crazy right. This guides got me feeling so crazy right now. Got me so crazy, this guides got me crazy, this guides got me crazy. This Guide!!!!

Ryan DeMont - Contestar

Are you trying to take the optical drive out entirely and install a new HDD there? You need an HDD bay (mounter, adapter, whatever you call it) for your new drive to install it because: 1. HDD is way too small to fit the place and 2. the connector for optical drive is different from that of your HDD’s.

If you don’t have any, iFixit offers this (careful, it supports HDD up to only 750GB!)

If you have one, did yours come with some instruction to secure your HDD in place? Follow the instruction on that (usually requires you to put 4 screws on the side of your HDD as well as to screw the metal part you scavenged from your SuperDrive.) Once you take out the SuperDrive, replace the words “optical drive” in this guide with “your HDD bay,” then backtrack the guide (in fact, most of the guides here only instruct you how to disassemble your device; There’s a final instruction on the blue area to backtrack the guide to assemble it back.) That’s what I did.

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Replacement is simply the removal process in reverse.

Robert Gellatly -

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