Can I take the SuperDrive from a 2007 Mac Mini and put it in a 2009 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GameGuru38, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. GameGuru38 macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2009
    My wife is not happy with her Mac Mini I got off eBay, it is the one in the thread. It is constantly stalling and beach balling and I already did a clean install of Lion from USB thumb drive. Not sure where the issue is and I have not been happy we are stuck with Lion on it so I am looking at eBay for a newer model. I am looking at a 2009 that can take up to El Capitan (will just go up to Mavericks though) and I found one that is going for a decent price right now but the SuperDrive isn't functioning. If I bought this could I just take the SuperDrive out of the 2007 and install it in the 2009 or are they different?
  2. Kaida macrumors regular


    May 28, 2016
    Have you opened up your 2007?

    My 2009 is a 12.5mm Sata connector. If it is the same, it will most probably work
  3. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Nope, sorry mate; the 2009 uses a SATA optical drive, and the 2007 uses a PATA optical drive.

    They go for around $20-40 on eBay; a cheaper option would be an external USB optical drive that can be had for $10-20. Plus, that can be used on other computers :)

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