How likely is Apple Store to have replacement optical drive in stock?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NJRonbo, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Have a 2009 27" iMac.

    The optical drive has been acting really crazy for the past year. It hates certain blank discs and I find myself having to switch brands and then remarkably, switch back again when the drive becomes fussy.

    This week, the drive started eating my blank discs. I would insert a DVD-R and upon hitting eject, the mechanisms would go into motion, but the disc would not come out. Happened with several more discs.

    In a way, it's good news for me. I need a new optical drive and it's to the point where I know Apple will need to replace it.

    I have Apple Care. Called Apple they had me reset the PRAM. That did not work. I now have an appointment to bring my iMac into the Genius Bar where I am hoping they will give me a new drive.

    Do they usually have replacement optical drives in stock that I can walk in there, wait about a half hour, and walk out with a brand-new installed drive?
  2. RobT macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2007
    Ohio, USA
    I took my MBA in to Apple due to a faulty SuperDrive (major noisy and didn't read many discs). They had a couple of replacement drives there in stock but had to keep the MBA overnight to install.
  3. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    When did the MBAs get super drives?
  4. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Why not ask Apple? They're more likely to know than anyone here!
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I would doubt it, man. Even if they do have them, you're unlikely to be the only one waiting for a repair, and opening a 27" iMac and doing a job well probably isn't something that's likely to be done in 30 minutes.

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