Can I use any brand of slot-loading optical drive in a MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AVR2, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    The Superdrive in my MBP 2.16 is starting to become unreliable at burning, so I want to replace it. Can I use *any* slot-loading optical drive of the appopriate form factor?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The ones your buy have to be the slim slot loaders that conform to standards. Some slot loading drives do not work as they are mostly too thick. I think all the Matsushita drives should work.
     
  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I figured that the form factor had to be correct, but I was wondering if there were any other potential gotchas. I guess that optical drives all use standard protocols, so as long as it physically fits inside the case, any drive from any manufacturer should work OK.
     
  4. 2fives macrumors regular

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    My optical drive is gone too. Unfortunately my MBP is out of warranty, I was to cheap to spend $400 on apple care.

    The drive has to be 9.5mm thick. From what I can see on ebay it will be hard to get away with much less than $140 give or take. Frigen ridiculous for a DVD drive. I also price the fan replacements at around $50 each. :( All of a sudden the $400 for Apple Care didn't seem to bad.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can get this one:
    http://www.slidirect.com/web/do/pub/sku/view?categoryId=45&id=133
    $145 with warranty.

    Or if you feel rich:
    http://www.slidirect.com/web/do/pub/sku/view?categoryId=43&id=136
     

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