Replacement DVD/CD Drive for Macbook 2.1 Intel Core 2 Duo?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lambda007, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Hi guys

    Dad dropped the Mac :( And now it ticks like crazy when you insert a disk, and only reads the odd one.

    Im looking for a replacement, and have done a bit of research myself but just wanted to check with the experts before ordering anything.

    Specs are:

    2.1 Intel Core 2 Duo
    1 GB RAM
    120GB 5400rpm HDD
    Slot loading combo drive

    Now, for new drives im looking at:

    Apple MacBook / Pro SuperDrive GWA-4080MB DVD-RW Slim
    Panasonic (Matsushita) CW-8221 super-slim combo drive

    The "Matsushita" is the existing one, but is the other one a better one?

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help :D

    P.S. Can't wait for the Pro refresh, 15" here I come...
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I have the same Macbook as well and I can't wait for the Pro 15" refresh as well, I'll be there day 1 for it.
    As for the drive that ticks, I had this same issue and luckily it was during my AppleCare so they repaired for free. If you still have your warranty they will replace it. If not I'd suggest getting a superdrive that the Air's use and taking it back within 30days since the new MBP's will be out within that time. If you're looking for a permanent replacement than the Apple MacBook / Pro one you listed is better.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    The MacBook Air Superdrive only works with the Air. It can be modified to work with any USB computer but involves taking it apart.....

    If you are planning on keeping the MacBook then buy the Superdrive

    If you plan on selling soon then buy the Combi drive

    The difference in price is probably only around $20 or so
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I bought a used MacBook off eBay a few weeks ago and when I got it the optical drive wouldn't eject disks. Wanting to be able to put media on my MacBook if I needed to, I decided to look on eBay for replacement drives. I found a used Combo drive for $35 from a seller on eBay (electronicmac) and I installed the drive myself. If you have upgraded or been inside a MacBook before it's a easy install, and there are a few online guides that make it easy to do.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Its my dads that has broken, he plans to keep it for the foreseeable future, whats a combi drive?
  6. macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    combi = combo

    the one that is in at the moment will read but not burn dvds = combo

    The Superdrive (GWA-4080MB DVD-RW Slim) will burn dvds

    If you are keeping it then go for the SuperDrive - lots on eBay

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