can I disconnect the optical drive to save battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seydurin, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. seydurin macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I've been longing for a bit longer battery life, and I was just wondering if removing/disconnecting the optical drive would make a difference. I don't need it, and common sense says I could just disconnect it.

    Anyone have a clue?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It doesn't draw energy if you're not using it. It would make no difference.
  3. lauph macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    30 mins from Cupertino
    Also, if there is no media in the drive, pressing the eject key gets no response from the drive, implying that the drive is sleeping or whatever you wish to call it.
    Several OS updates ago, pressing the eject key would make the drive go through some noisy mechanical process.

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