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    Superdrive replacment
    Hi guys!

    At the end of the month (or maybe longer depending on any new of future spec updates to the 2012 iMac) i will be buying a new iMac, my dad asked me if he could have my current iMac (mid 2011 21.5") when i get the new one, this wasn't i problem until yesterday when i seriously my superdrive (long story dont ask... just trust me its broken)

    to put it simply i was just wondering if anyone had any sort of idea how much it would cost if i sent it to be replaced by Apple? or failing that im more than competent enough to replace myself (ive built many pcs in the past and i have watched videos online about the superdrive replacement, so i know what i have to do) its just trying to search onine for a replacement parts i have found that different sites say i need different superdrives and the prive varies from like 200 to 30 for a superdrive so im really confused as of who to trust and where to get one from

    any help welcome

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    I can get you a URL to a replacement superdrive and even take apart instructions if you feel you can do it. The hardest part with your iMac is taking off the front glass without braking it. You just need suction cups that OWC sells. You will spend 2x with Apple having them replace the drive. I will find the URLs and post them here.

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    Take Apart instructions:

    iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Teardown - iFixit

    Optical Drive:

    OWC OWCMIMACSD8XDKA Mercury Optical iMac G5... in stock at OWC

    Suction Cups:

    Heavy-duty Suction Cups (Pair) - iFixit

    The optical drive should work in yours as to my knowledge they have not changed them since the late iMac G5 iSight Macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pibolar View Post
    ...this wasn't i problem until yesterday when i seriously my superdrive (long story dont ask... just trust me its broken)

    to put it simply i was just wondering if anyone had any sort of idea how much it would cost if i sent it to be replaced by Apple? or failing that im more than competent enough to replace myself (ive built many pcs in the past and i have watched videos online about the superdrive replacement, so i know what i have to do) its just trying to search onine for a replacement parts i have found that different sites say i need different superdrives and the prive varies from like 200 to 30 for a superdrive so im really confused as of who to trust and where to get one from
    dtravis7 gave you lots of great info...and I definitely agree...having Apple do the replacement will probably be pretty darn expensive.

    If you decide that replacing the internal optical drive is something you would rather not do...a perfectly acceptable alternative would be to simply purchase an external USB optical drive:

    OWC VLU2SD24XS External 24X DVD DL USB 2.0... in stock at OWC

    The external optical drive is even less expensive @ $49.99. The external optical drive may not be as attractive...but then how often do any of use use our optical drives these days. And with the external...you can always unplug it when not using it...and store away somewhere else.

    But if you prefer having the internal optical drive operational...go for it!

    - Nick

    p.s. Since you mentioned currency in 's...I'm assuming you are in the UK. The OWC link may not be the best alternative from a cost perspective. But this gives you the idea to possibly shop locally for a low cost external optical drive.
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
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    Thanks for the replies, Nick i wouldnt actually care about the drive BUT it makes continuous noise as the lens seems to want to adjust itself all the time

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    A good UK source for suction cups is Maplin, they sell a mini suction cup dent puller made by Rolson for under 4, P/N 219990. You only need one, attach it to the left top corner of the glass, pull the corner away, slide your fingers behind sliding to the right to release the top edge. Then pull away and lift out releasing the bottom clips.
    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by pibolar View Post
    Thanks for the replies, Nick i wouldnt actually care about the drive BUT it makes continuous noise as the lens seems to want to adjust itself all the time
    Are you saying it does this even with no disk in the drive?

    - Nick
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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Quote Originally Posted by pibolar View Post
    Thanks for the replies, Nick i wouldnt actually care about the drive BUT it makes continuous noise as the lens seems to want to adjust itself all the time
    Then all you need to do is open up the iMac, remove the power/data connector from the back of the drive and it will bother you no more. Don't remove the optical drive, otherwise the fans will run flat out as the temperature sensor won't be connected. If you need an optical drive for anything buy a samsung external USB drive for just over 20.00.
    Steve
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    And a drive such as a Samsung SE 208 with a USB 'Y' cable will work plugged into a USB hub and no mains powered. Use one on my iMac and works great.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Yes Nick even with no disk in the drive

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    Can't you just jam something in the slot to fatally kill it?

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    Replacing Superdrive mid 2011 21.5" iMac
    Hey everyone!

    i Have a 21.5" mid 2011 iMac 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 (Model Identifier:iMac12,1) i seriously broke the Superdrive in it, very long story, no need to bore you with the details, but its broken. i am aware that i can just buy a third party dvd drive for pretty cheap etc etc however, if/when the new slimline iMac gets a spec refresh in the coming months i will be upgrading to a top spec 27" iMac, my Dad asked if he could have my old iMac to use for his accounts etc etc and he will require to Bootcamp it, as my 21.5" comes with a internal Superdrive there is no way to boot from a USB drive or a USB dvd drive so he will NEED me to replace the Superdrive (something i have no problem doing, i've built many PCs in the past and have the correct tools and have watched videos on how to open the iMac and replace my Superdrive)

    My trouble is finding the right Superdrive for my iMac, i have spent a few evenings looking around on the web and i have found that different sites say different Superdrives and the price difference on websites is anywhere from 30-250 so im a little confused as whats too much and whats too little as far as price goes, another problem i have found is certain sites wont ship to England. Im hoping someone in here can point me in the right place to buy the correct Superdrive etc etc

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    Threads merged. No need to start a 2nd thread for the exact same topic. Thanks for understanding.

    - Nick
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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Quote Originally Posted by pibolar View Post
    My trouble is finding the right Superdrive for my iMac, i have spent a few evenings looking around on the web and i have found that different sites say different Superdrives and the price difference on websites is anywhere from 30-250 so im a little confused as whats too much and whats too little as far as price goes, another problem i have found is certain sites wont ship to England. Im hoping someone in here can point me in the right place to buy the correct Superdrive etc etc
    Here are two websites to help you identify the correct superdrive:

    - Powerbookmedic
    - iFixit

    Since your are in the UK...these may or may not be the best from the shipping side of things...but maybe they will help identify the correct replacement drive.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    unfortunately neither of those sites could help me

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