Yesterday we showed how to remove the MacBook Pro's internal hard drive. Today we'll show how to take out the front-loading Combo drive, remove the various mounting brackets, and get the SuperDrive ready for installation.
The ComboDrive, like the internal hard drive, is attached to the frame by several removable mounting brackets, one on the side (right, left) and one in the back. There is also a removable data connector at the rear left.
With the screws removed and the cable to the motherboard disconnected, the drive may now be lift out of the laptop.
The screws for the mounting brackets (left, top, right) are now accessible.
It is important to note the holes used and orientation of the bracket relative to the drive as they must be remounted the same way onto the SuperDrive.
These drives are flexible and can be damaged. Care should be taken to not press on or bend them during handling.
When reattaching the brackets, there is no need to tighten the screws very much. Just enough so the bracket does not move will be sufficient.
We are now ready to upgrade both of the MacBook Pro's drives. The final part of this series will be posted on Monday. We will show how to install the imation SSD and the SuperDrive. For parts and detail video instructions, check out the PowerBookMedic site. They have everything you will need to keep you Mac laptops and ipods going a long long time. [Permalink] -MacBook Pro ComboDrive Removal