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Old Dec 8, 2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Removing Optical Drive from Macbook Pro 2009

Hello all,

I was just wandering if I could remove my MBP '09 optical drive? Or would I have to put something in it's place?

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Old Dec 8, 2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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Hello all,

I was just wandering if I could remove my MBP '09 optical drive? Or would I have to put something in it's place?

Cheers
Of cause you can remove the optical drive. In fact, you can remove the motherboard too but you never state why you would want to remove the optical drive.
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Well, you could use an optibay and make a fusion drive with the SSD and the HDD.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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Planning on having it in an enclosure for my Mac Mini and GFs MBA. Then swapping out the HDD for a small SSD to give me a (negligibly) lighter laptop for just word processing bits. So is it OK to just leave a gap where the optical drive should be?

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Planning on having it in an enclosure for my Mac Mini and GFs MBA. Then swapping out the HDD for a small SSD to give me a (negligibly) lighter laptop for just word processing bits. So is it OK to just leave a gap where the optical drive should be?
You won't feel much difference. I have a dual drive setup and when i remove the optical drive, it isn't that heavy. I think it should be alright to leave the gap.
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Yes you can. I did this on 2 Macbooks that I use as media players and didn't need the DVD drives. The empty space doesn't affect anything. Just be prepared to remove the bottom if someone slides a DVD in there without knowing
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