Replaced Macbook optical drive, now cds are hard to insert.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Motocross250R, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    I replaced Macbook optical drive with one from another macbook, (not new) and now, the discs are really hard to put in, they don't scrape, just real firm, Well, iFixit said to transfer the black L shaped tape on the underside of the drive, well my old one didn't have it, and the new one did. So I left it on, do you think the black tape raised the drive up blocking part of it? Do you think removing the tape would have lowered it and made it work? After all this work I don't really want to go in and remove the tape, idk. Thanks
  2. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Update: Now, it's scratching the hell out of any disk that goes in. One long straight line, end to end. So it's something before the drive, or right at the start of it, ahhh
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Durham NC
    Just replaced mine with a Superdrive out of a MBP, no problems whatsoever. Reassembly requires patience and a delicate touch. I suggest you take it apart again and get to the root of the problem. The cause may be the drive itself. Can you confirm that it was in perfect working order before you installed it?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    Slot load drives have a tendency to require a delicate touch and can be very picky and eat disks...I've had it happen not fun...

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