Replacement Superdrive for 2010 13" MBP

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  1. Apples555 macrumors regular

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    The superdrive in my 13" 2010 MBP doesn't burn DVDs anymore, which is expected because it's old.

    Is there a modern drive that will fit? The current drive is an LG GS23N, and LG makes a slot-loading GS40N that looks like it will fit. Has anyone tried something like this?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Unless you're confident of doing the repair yourself, it might be easier to just pick up an -external- USB DVD/CD drive. It's one more piece of hardware around, but it's a simple cheap solution that works.

    They don't cost very much at all.
    I like Samsung drives, myself.

    Another reason for getting an external:
    Eventually, you're going to get a new MacBook (or iMac, perhaps).
    Since none of these come with DVD/CD drives any more, you can just "move the external drive over" to the next Mac...
     
  3. Apples555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not too worried about swapping it out. I've taken the old superdrive in and out plenty of times to clean it. I would just like to know if someone else has tried putting in a modern drive, because the dimensions might be off by enough to be a problem. For example, that plastic bezel on the front may be a problem and may have to be removed.
     
  4. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Any on eBay? I had one at one time, but I think I threw it away in my last electronic junk cleanup.
     
  5. Apples555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    There are plenty of original GS23Ns on eBay, but they are already at least seven years old and will likely have impaired burning ability, at least of DLs.

    I already have an external, but I dislike having to take it with the notebook.

    I guess no one has tried to fit a modern internal optical drive into one of these old MacBooks. At $40, it's probably worth a try. The biggest problem will likely be the plastic bezel.
     
  6. Apples555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I put in a HL-DT-ST GS41N. Dropped right in and works fine.
     
  7. Apples555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update: the GS41N was DOA and wouldn't read CDs. Since the HL-DT-ST optical drives seem to be of very poor quality (I've had three fail and one was only two months old), I decided to get a used Matsushita UJ-8A8 from PowerbookMedic. $5. Works great (so far).
     

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