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    MBP (mid 2010) Super Drive Replacement?
    Hi there,

    I guess I have a dead SUper Drive(MAt****a UJ 898) on Macbook Pro 17" (mid 2010), as it keeps ejecting all the Dvds....I wanted to flash it(just to check) with new firmware using Mat****a Flasher/Simple Flash but not luck as I already am on OSX Lion...and unable to downgrade. I saw the guide on ifixit and would like to replace the super drive...(as I do not have Apple guarantee)... Is it possible to install other models of Mat****a/Panasonic drives? or it specifically has to be the exact same model? (UJ 898 in my case)

    Thanks.

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    Yes, it's possible to replace it with a better model. The folks at Other World Computing have some very nice replacement super drives that outperform the Apple original. Go to this LINK.

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    chscag...thank you for your reply...i found a super drive by Sony model # AD 5960S online and i am planning to buy it. Just to get a professional opinion : Which brand is better for Super drive,Mat****a/Sony? or any other good ones are available? I really do not want to have any future superdrive problems...therefore im double checking.

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    To be honest, I've had good luck with both brands. The Matsu****a brand seems to be the one preferred by Apple since it came stock in my MacBook and iMac. However, I've used Sony branded drives over the years and never had a problem with them.

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    Personally prefer Pioneer drives, however the Mat****a should be fine as they are a Panasonic company.
    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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    That is what i thought...Pioneer is supposed to be good...but I have a UJ 898 installed and it just ejects every disc i insert :/ that is why i am looking to change it. is it possible to fix this issue without a replacement?

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    Either brand/replacement drive...will be MUCH better than the suspected broken drive you currently have!

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