Possible to disable Superdrive without physically disconnecting cables?

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

  1. star5 macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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

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    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

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

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    Nope. It has the stock PATA drive, 80gb.
     

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