3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2013 5:30 AM by mooblie
Ed Lawrence1 Level 1 Level 1



My superdrive appears to be on the blink. It takes the disks in, but adamantly refuses to mount the disks. It is the follow model (one of the later dual core intel models with superdrive).


The superdrive is a: PIONEER DVD-RW  DVRTS08 


I would be tempted to replace it myself, and wondered is there any guidance (I've seen some on Fixit) and also would anyone know which drives fit this model? Should I get that same model?



  Model Name:          Mac mini

  Model Identifier:          Macmini3,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          3 MB

  Memory:          2 GB

  Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MM31.0081.B06

  SMC Version (system):          1.35f0

  Serial Number (system):          74951CMS19Y

  Hardware UUID:          F637EC7E-CC8E-5352-9672-A172237F07C3


Or course the other option is just to bu an external drive- say the Apple Superdrive for £65 or a cheapo on Ebay.


Many thanks in advance

Mac mini (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Reply by John Lockwood on Mar 21, 2013 2:27 AM Helpful

I had a SuperDrive fail in a similar model Mac mini. I bought a replacement mechanism off eBay (the original Pioneer model had been discontinued) and fitted it myself, while I did not need the MacFixit instructions myself, those make such an operation straight forward.


The part I bought off eBay was Apple labeled but most slot-loading mechanisms should fit.

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