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OWC Mercury

8X 9.5mm Internal DVD/CD Writer
2005-08 MacBook Pro 13-15" models

Mac / PC / DVD Multi Recorder / Rewritable
  • Mac
  • PC
  • DVD Multi Recorder
  • Blu-Ray
 
Do you have a white or black MacBook or a 15" MacBook Pro with the original combo drive? Or perhaps an older 4X or 6X optical drive in it that's just not fast enough anymore? How about being able to burn dual-layer discs? This replacement Super-MultiDrive is just what you're looking for!

The new OWC Mercury Super-MultiDrive is compatible with MacBook 13.3" and MacBook Pro 15" models prior to the late 2008 "Unibody" models. See the bottom of this page for the full list of compatible systems.
This Optical Drive Solution Includes:
  • OWC Mercury Internal DVD/CD Writer
  • OWC Installation manual for Optical Drive installation.
OWC Note: This is the exact same type of Super-MultiDrive that Apple uses! You can install it into your MacBook/15" MacBook Pro yourself - Check out our installation videos for assistance!

If you would like professional installation, OWC offers that service too. Please contact us for more information.

OWC Mercury Super-Multidrive Specs:

General

Drive Type
Internal DVD/CD Writer
Form Factor
9.5mm Laptop
Interface
EIDE/ATAPI
Loading Mechanism
Slot
Bezel Color
No Bezel
Buffer Memory
2MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
GSA-S10N
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Supported Formats
DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Capacity

Data Capacity
8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
4.7GB : DVD General Use
700MB : 79 minute CD
650MB : 74 minute CD
550MB : 63 minute CD

Disk Labeling

Disc Labeling
No

Physical

Height (max)
9.5mm (0.39")
Width (max)
128.0mm (5.04")
Length (max)
127.0mm (5.00")
Weight (typical)
0.16kg (0.35lbs.)

Maximum Read Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
6X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
6X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
6X
DVD-ROM
8X
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
6X
CD-ROM
24X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X

Maximum Write Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R DL
4X
DVD+R DL
4X
DVD-RW
4X
DVD+RW
4X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X

Reliability

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 50° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-40° C to 65° C
Operating Humidity
5% to 90% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
5% to 95% R.H.
OWC Notes:

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is highly recommended! At this time, there is no native support for this drive when using earlier versions of Mac OS X. Patching this drive for support under earlier versions of Mac OS X is possible using Christian Moller's PatchBurn Software.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MMB5SD8XDL

Includes

This Optical Drive is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro4,1
2.4GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid/Late 2007)
(June, 2007)
Model ID: MacBookPro3,1
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo)
(October, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro2,2
2.16GHz, 2.33GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
(May, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
(January, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBook4,1
2.1GHz, 2.4GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Late 2007)
(November, 2007)
Model ID: MacBook3,1
2.0GHz, 2.2GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Mid 2007)
(May, 2007)
Model ID: MacBook2,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Late 2006)
(November, 2006)
Model ID: MacBook2,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook
MacBook
(May, 2006)
Model ID: MacBook1,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 9 out of 9 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great disc drive November 20, 2015 I bought this to replace a partially-broken drive in a pre-Unibody MacBook. The drive works great, and I just completed an installation of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) using it. No drivers are necessary, in case you're wondering. I actually replaced the optical drive, swapped the hard drive, and upgraded the RAM in the MacBook. So there was no OS on the upgraded system. The computer booted to a blank grey screen, but upon inserting the Snow Leopard install DVD, it automatically started the installer.

OWC's installation videos make it easy to learn about swapping the optical drive for your Mac.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Fits myA1211 properly, Works properly August 18, 2015 OWC offers consistently correct info on fit and compatibility. This superdrive is no exception. I upgraded the hard drive at the same time. Why open the laptop up twice for the same job. The machine is faster than ever and the gear all fits without adaptors or firmware issues. I can't really expect anything else. Good price, support, fast shipping.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Works April 28, 2015 Installation instructions are for the most part excellent, but had some trouble with corner screw hidden beneath grounded cable. . (its *nearly* unreachable) This is the hardest part. Also Macbook top cover clips fall all over the place when removing. After install it works pretty well. Read speed for CD ripping is somewhat below what I expected, but I'm using Asunder on Mint 17, so perhaps communication with firmware (updated) is not optimal for some reason. Havent tried a burn yet.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Uppsala, Sweden Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great to get replacement drive kit November 4, 2014 The OWC web site contains adequate information of the product(s) and smooth ordering and payment procedure. The delivery is fast and safe also to, in this case, a country outside US. The instruction for installing is good, in particular in combination with the video available at the web site. Possibly a few more hints for the reassembly procedure would be helpful. On the whole, however, I am very satisfied to now have been able to read the DVD with OS X system upgrade.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Caracas, DC. Venezuela. Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product! Easy mounting! September 1, 2014 This a great piece of hardware. Comes finely packed, and includes a VERY DETAILED and WELL ILLUSTRATED how-to-change manual (it's actually made of photographies). I replaced the damaged unit myself using the included book, but I strongly recommend not to do it by yourself if you're not familiar with electronic devices and tiny screws.

I love this!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Houston, TX Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Macbook works like new! August 28, 2014 I purchased this optical drive to replace the one that failed in my Macbook. I have an older Macbook; one of the 2007 models. The instructions were very simple. If you've never opened a Macbook before the instructions clearly explain what you need to do to replace the drive. Having a small screwdriver set is very helpful, I was fortunate to have all of the sizes at work. I've been able to read any CD or DVD I've inserted into this drive.

My original optical drive stopped working. I tried using external DVD drives (non Mac), they did not work very well, sometimes it wouldn't even boot. I also had to replace my Macbook HDD because it died as well. Trying to install Snow Leopard from a non Apple External DVD Drive was a nightmare! After putting the new internal optical drive in, I was able to install everything without problems.

The cost of this drive is close to a SuperDrive, but I feel like the Macbook needs the internal optical drive to properly work. I would recommend this to anyone who feels confident they can replace the drive them self.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Yucaipa, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works great, was able to change it myself July 7, 2014 I am somewhat mechanically inclined, but was a little leery of opening up the guts of my computer to change the optical drive. However, after watching the OWC video on how to change it out, and purchasing the right tools (OWC has a great little tool kit), I was able to change out the drive in about a half hour or so. It worked the first time I plugged it in, and I saved myself an hour or two of commute and wait time as well as probably about $60 in labor by not having to take it to a service center. You need to keep track of the screws as you remove them, so you can put them back in the same place, as there are multiple different types. What I did was to get a wide piece of masking tape that I stuck to the table next to me, sticky side up, and I laid the screws on them in order as I took them out. I am pleased with the result.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vancouver, Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent upgrade ! March 27, 2013 Great Upgrade for my older core 2 duo Macbook. Writes to Dual Layer DVD's rapidly. Gives new life to Macbook with included software.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: jjkeys
Rating: 5/5 Excellent instructions September 13, 2012 Installation went well, thanks to the excellent instructions. The drive performs as expected - I have no complaints.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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