Removing Optical Drive from Macbook Pro 2009

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ashley0609, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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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
     
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    gngan

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    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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    clyde2801

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    Well, you could use an optibay and make a fusion drive with the SSD and the HDD.
     
  4. Ashley0609, Dec 8, 2012
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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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    gngan

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    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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    Dadioh

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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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