Can I disable the DVD drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by d000hg, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. d000hg macrumors newbie

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    I have one of the aluminium MacBooks (not the Pro) and the DVD drive failed a while ago. I don't really need it so I wondered if I can disable it somehow, akin to Device Manager in Windows?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Why do you need to disable it? Just don't put a DVD in it and it won't use any system resources.
     
  3. d000hg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dunno, I assumed it would be using some power or something, it shows up still.

    On a more productive tack, I can take it out physically to reduce weight; is it possible to replace it with a 2nd HDD or even an SSD? Maybe even replace my HDD with a SSD by cloning it across? It's not the fastest Mac but I already upgraded to 4Gb RAM and am just installing 10.8 so thought a SSD might give a new lease of life.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not consuming power unless it's being used.
    Yes, just search the forum for "optibay" and you'll find many threads where this process is described, including what you need to buy to make it work.
     

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