Help - Black MB and MBPro Superdrive compatibility question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by wtf89, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. wtf89 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I am hoping someone here can help answer this.

    I have a friend who has a Black Macbook in which the CD/DVD/Superdrive has failed. As far as I know the MBook is out of warranty.

    She has spotted a Superdrive from a Macbook Pro (unibody) being offered for sale on a web-forum, and asked me if it would be possible for me to install it for her. The superdrive on offer has a manufacture date of Oct 2008.

    My question is regarding compatibility issues. If I tell her to purchase it will it be compatible with the Black Macbook she has?

    Have done some searching and not been able to find an answer to this question

    In theory 'a superdrive is a superdrive' right? Or is it?

    I used to repair Macs a few years back so the actual installation should be simple enough but just need to know if there are any superdrive compatibility issues I need to be aware of. I have moved to Linux machines and have not kept in touch with the Mac issues. Any help answering this question would be appreciated, thanks
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Short answer is no...

    As far as I know all the unibody MB and MBP use SATA drives - the black MB use ATAPI....

    Should be easy enough to get a replacement from eBay surely.
  3. wtf89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010

    thanks very much for your reply. Very helpful

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