New Macbook Pro Double Layer Superdrive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alep85, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. alep85 macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2005
    Hey everyone, I've got a first gen Macbook Pro, and was contemplating putting in the Superdrive from the current Macbook Pros that feature double layer burning. What is the model number of this drive, and does it have the same height and size characteristics as the Matshita UJ-857 that is currently in my laptop? Also, do you think it is worth doing that along with a HDD upgrade, or would it be more cost effective to just buy a new MBP? (I do a lot of audio work and music storage, so the Core 2 Duo and bigger HDD options would be of use to me). Let me know, thanks!
  2. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2006
    The optical drive in my new C2D 17" MacBook is a Matshita UJ-85J. I have no idea how it compares in size to the Matshita UJ-857. But judging from the similarity in the numbers and Matshita's history my guess is that they are physically interchangeable.

    You might try to contact the TechStore and get a price on upgrading the drive and replacing the HD with a larger one. As a package deal I suspect that it would be in the order of $500.
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Do you genuinely need Dual layer burning?

    If you are upgrading for the sake of upgrading rather than a real need it is wiser to just... let it be.

    What you are doing can potentially
    1. cost quite a bit of money
    2. destroy your Macbook Pro (not very many happy endings for people who do surgery on theirs)
    3. void your warranty

    Plus it is not that expensive to upgrade to a C2D refurbished unit too. Rather than shelling out $100 or so for the drive and at the end of it get a warped machine that wouldn't even stay closed, why not just sell it as it is on ebay with its warranty and chastity intact, and put the money towards a C2D?
  4. michaelsaxon macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    I haven't had good luck with dual layer burning and the media is very expensive comparatively.
  5. sdsviet macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    this is a rather old thread but i rather not make another since this is here. i have a first gen mbp and i want to replace the superdrive in mine and get one that can do dual layers. does any one the model number and where. does the newest superdrive for mbp fit in my first gen. i plan on keeping this first gen for awhile so i wont be needing to save up to buy a new one or anything. just wanna upgrade this one.

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