Honestly, how often do you use your optical drive?

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  1. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Getting a new MBP tomorrow and am going to replace the optical drive with my 7200RPM 500GB for iTunes and internal scratch disk, and use the X-25 160GB Intel as my boot drive. I have a modified MacBook Air superdrive that I can use for the few times I actually use optical media. So just wondering, how often people actually use their superdrives.
     
  2. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    I'll be honest, I haven't used it in at least 2 months.
     
  3. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Never. Except for installing Leopard.
     
  4. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    Only when I have to

    Like, installing a new OS or software
     
  5. evitica macrumors member

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    I use mine more than I'd like to. Mostly because the nature of my work. In terms of personal use, practically never.
     
  6. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Other than installs, I've used it several times over the summer to rip our kids dvd collection for iPod and PSP viewing, as well as data archiving. All told, I could easily pull out an external optical when needed, and always enjoy the additional HD space, so I'm liking the OPs plans.
     
  7. danimal99 macrumors regular

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    I've had my 13" Pro for about 2 1/2 weeks now, I haven't used it yet. I suppose I probably should pop a DVD in just to make sure it works while I still can return it...

    Uhh, oh yeah, I'll be using it tomorrow, assuming my Up-To-Date Snow Leopard disc arrives finally. :)
     
  8. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Except for watching DVDs and installing software I don't really use it. I've only used it to burn discs a few times.
     
  9. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

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    I use my burner about once a day throughout the week.
     
  10. Elzlaik macrumors regular

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    It's funny. When CD-RW drives first came out, mine was external and couldn't wait to get a computer with an internal one. Ten years later and I would rather have an external superdrive and a slimmer, lighter notebook.
     
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  12. moral-hazard macrumors regular

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    I realized this after owning my macbook for ~2 months. I have put CD's in it a total of three times - one to reinstall leopard, one to install XP in a VM, and one to install MS Office.

    I wouldn't be at a loss at all if i were to dump my optical (I might get an X25-m soon and do just that). I have a USB slim drive from when i used to have a netbook, so i'd be good to go.
     
  13. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I use it a few times a month. Usually adding songs to iTunes (which I really should do from the server) or burning a .iso.
     
  14. iphonematt Guest

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    I use my optical drive a couple times daily i would say.
     
  15. MacManiac777 macrumors member

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    I have used mine a few times for burning DVDs and CDs but use it everyday for watching a movie or TV programme before bed :D
     
  16. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    use it for ripping CDs and burning DVDs (more often) and installing an OS/boot into OS DVD for diagnostics.

    the optical drive is one of the biggest components in a notebook and would free up a lot of space if removed i.e. one of the points of the MacBook Air… but Apple should make a less expensive MacBook without an optical drive, or a tablet will not have one?
     
  17. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Not all that often. Mostly for ripping dvd's to ipod.

    But I remember way back last year when everyone thought Apple crazy for removing it from the Air. My how times have changed.;)
     
  18. ravensfan55 macrumors 6502

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    Install Snow Leopard + Boot Camp partition
    Burn some DVDs
    Import CDs

    I really wish Apple offered a modular slot for another SSD/hard disk. I guess the unibody design prohibits that.
     
  19. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    i don't use it often, but i can't go without it just yet.
     
  20. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Well, my on HD bootloader is busted so I am booted off a CD right now but aside from bootloaders hardly never. (hackintosh)

    I burn CDs and give them away and never see them again more often than I read from CDs on my real Macs.

    I have used my PB G4's SuperDrive once outside of the house and guess what? that was burning a CD in the car, and I never saw those CDs again:eek:.

    I don't even use it for OS reinstalls as my OS is on my HD ready for a clean install. (along with the most recent combo updater)

    (I would replace it with a HD if it was cheaper to have it installed and Apple would do it [And an SSD in the HD spot])
     
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  22. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a

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    I use mine probably 1-2x a month. I burned my first DVD DL last month (Sony media) for our vacation videos; iDVD '09 worked beautifully.
     
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    I rarely use mine, i could do without. Leopard, Office and a few other installs and that's about it. If i was given the option to purchase without I probably would. An external would be ok with me if it gave me more HD space/options.
     
  25. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816

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    Just out of curiosity, how will this 2nd hard drive be connected? Some freaky wiring or what?
     

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