13" MacBook Pro 2010 and internal bluray replacement player

loby

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I looked all over the forums and could not find a solution. Please assist if able and much appreciated:

I have a 13" MacBook Pro 2010 and would like to put a blu-ray internal player into the DVD bay. My DVD player currently is getting worn-out and still have a use (need) for DVD and Blu-Ray burnings.

I know Panasonic made an internal blu-ray drive that could fit in the bay, but not sure of the model (9.5mm version? - not sure if this is the one that fits), or if the model is still available..

Did anyone put a blu-ray into their 13" MacBook Pro 2010 and have good results? If so, which model?

Thank you and again much appreciate the help!
 

loby

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The drive is a sata 9.5 mm slot load but it's going to be difficult to find.

I also recommend going with an external drive.
Yes, it is difficult to find, but...I am getting tired of doggles and always having to plug things in when I need it.

I have a bunch of other apple offerings that are newer and better...but sometimes I would rather not hazzle with having to always find an adapter, plug something into another something or another adapter for an adapter to get the job done quickly...

My macbook pro 2010 for general use works, plus it has all of the ports that works with my legacy accessories. I seem to go back to it just for the feel and like it, though again I have newer products that technically are superior in speed, screen, thinner etc..Have Sierra on it.

I have four external drives (two blurays) and juggle them around my other production desktop and laptops.

It would be great to just pop in a disk and call it a day instead of making a big production out of it JUST to play or record a disk.l.

I have looked everywhere, but cannot find something that would work. It looks like panasonic came out with something years back, but probably all of the drives (if still usable) are being used and no one is giving them up...so no luck finding...
[doublepost=1552494216][/doublepost]Is the 2012 macbook pro the same unibody as the 2010? If so, I think I may have found a drive. It is advertised to work in a 2012 macbook pro.

Would this work in the 2010?
 

loby

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Yes!!! Thanks!!! Funny, I first looked on their website, but did not find this....? Once I received your post I ordered this one. This model is the one I was looking for and it the model that is recommended by my research for th macbook pro. Good price since bluray players where I work (outside the U.S.) costs more, expecially external.

Thanks for finding this! I should recieve it next week and look forward to seeing how well it works with the macbook pro. I have Toast 11 and the 2018 version (newest). I wanted everything all-in-one unit, so I am excited to try it!

Many thanks again!
 

loby

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Purchased the Panasonic UJ267 from macsales. I got it to work and installed it...but some things to consider if you are planning on dong this...

I am sure by now (2019), most are forgetting about wanting to do this since apple has discouraged using CDs, DVDs and Blurays in light to market their streaming and cloud options, but for those who might still want an internal Blu-ray drive in their 2009-2012 Macbook pro's, here is some information:

1. The blu-ray drive comes covered with a vinyl type of tape and the sides have a foil type of tape that if you remove it, it voids any warranty for the drive.

You will have to remove it if you want to put in the MacBook pro and will void any warranty. This is strategic by macsales so you don't return the drive if you mess up the installation. This is an all or nothing project!


2. The drive is the correct size to fit in the MacBook Pro, but you will need to modify it...so...when or if you do this, ONLY buy this from macsales if you are willing to take the risk. This is an all or nothing adventure. If you mess up, you eat the $117 etc. costs.

3. You will have to remove the top case of the blu-ray drive and replace it with the old DVD top case of the drive that came with you MacBook Pro. This is the only way to secure the drive in the drive bay of the laptop since the MacBook pro's DVD drive has a custom top. See link how to do this.


4. Before removing the top of the drive, you will need to cut or remove the tape or foil that secures the case together. Also, remove the white QA sticker, for under it is a screw (did not see and bent the case a little - but fixed it). Of course macsales put that label over one of the screws so when you have to take the top cover off, Once doing this...Goodbye to your warranty on the drive.

5. I put electrician tape again around the drive to replace the tape that I had to cut on the sides after unscrewing the top cover. If anyone knows I should not do this, please let me know.

I do not think the heat in the laptop will melt the electrician tape since the tape is designed to be around heat stuff, but please correct me if I am wrong. I do not want any sticky tape stuff melting and going on any components etc.

6. Follow these links to remove and install the drive. Note: the macsales installation video makes it look easier than it seems. The wires that have to be moved to get to a screw WILL unattach a connector that is not detached in the video, so be very careful about sliding the connector back into place. You will know what I am talking about if you do this. :)

https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Panasonic/UJ267/?fullDetails


https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbookpro_13_unibody_mid10_optical/

7. Drive works for blu-ray disks that are writeable well. For factory created movies disks, sometimes it froze my system (16GBs, SSD & on El Capitan), but most of them work. I bought the drive mostly for making blu-rays, so not a deal breaker for me.

Installation generally not too hard, but you probably need to be experienced with this stuff. I have done it for years, so no big deal for me. :)
 
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