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Failed superdrive (Pioneer K06), hard to find a replacement

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This 1.5 year drive failed to eject my DVD tonight, it tries but something is mechanically binding. It's been making noise for a while. I've looked online for the same model without luck. Only place is OWC with an off brand pretty much in the whole world apparently. I'd like to keep the internal drive working, I've used 2 different external drives at times but the internal has just worked better.

Anybody else replaced this drive and where'd you get the part?
Mini 2nd generation (4 usb's), Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Saul in PA Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
    OWC's drives work fine. Most are Matshitsu which Apple uses along with Pioneer. Only difference is firmware so in the System Profiler it will say "Generic Drive Support" instead of "Apple Shipping Drive." If you can't live with that then go to an Apple store or authorized repair who can get you one with Apple firmware.
    Intel Mac Mini, iBook G4, MacBook Air, iPod Touch, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • kmac1036 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    Matshitsu is now Panasonic. I had a OWC slot drive die right at the year mark, they did an exchange with me, no problem.

    they seem to be the best deal on the mini, besides getting just an external drive.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/optical-drives/superdrives/
    UB 15" MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.7), PM G4 DVI, 1.2Ghz
  • niqin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I picked up a - Description: MATSHITA Powerbook UJ-846 DVD±R/±RW/RAM/DL Multi Burner, Item Number 290341266195 Qty: 1 Unit Price: $59.99 USD - off ebay a couple of weeks ago. fitted it into a 1.66GHz mini with no problems (had to pull a bit of plastic off the front to make it fit).
    Mac Mini (2009), Mac OS X (10.6), 4GB, 500GB, 1920x1080, 1st Apple: a Lisa 1MB 5MB BW (loved it)
  • jpdemers Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    There are probably a dozen superdrive models that will physically fit (you can find them on eBay), but there's really no way to know if the firmware will be compatible with the drivers installed in the OS. I tried two different drives made for MacBook laptops, and although they installed easily in the Mini neither one worked. I finally went with OWC, which does seem to be the only reliable source. (OWC has good products, and good support.)

    I've read that re-installing the OS will sometimes solve this problem; supposedly the installer checks to see what superdrive is present and installs the corrrect driver. You'd need a bootable external DVD drive to try it.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6)

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