Possible to disable Superdrive without physically disconnecting cables?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by star5, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. star5 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hello. I'm using a late 2008 UBMBP 15". I hardly use the superdrive at all, and I was wondering if there was a way to disable/enable via software or kext work as opposed to physically disconnecting the cable.

    Will it help with battery life, being disabled?

    BTW, I noticed that the EFI and superdrive updates that came out today eliminated the noise when shutdown/startup/sleep and sped up those times on my machine.

    Thank you.
  2. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2009
    If you dont have a disk in it, then it isn't using any power
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Dude, if u ain't using the drive, it won't eat battery life.
  4. star5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    Thanks for the replies.

    My wife has an Air Rev A, SL. Shutdown and sleep and awake from sleep are almost instantaneous. My macbook pro lagged b/c it was always checking the superdrive, which is another reason why I wanted to disable it because I wasn't using it.

    I don't know if the new EFI / Superdrive update which eliminated the sounds the drive was making is actually doing anything more than just getting rid of the noise...
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Does it have SSD drive? Probably due to the SSD drive instead of a disk based harddrive.
  6. star5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    Nope. It has the stock PATA drive, 80gb.

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