Remove Superdrive to have weight & power?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 671417, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. 671417 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    Has anybody here tried removing their MBP's Superdrive i.e. DVD+-RW?

    I'd be interested to know how much it weighs and how much power it uses when not actually in use.

    Even with no disc in it, it does rev up from time to time when I do an Open... file.

    I know I can replace it with a hard drive bay, but I don't especially need that. I'm contemplating just leaving it empty. But it might be nice to some day add a second SSD.

    Thanks.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    it saves very little weight. doesn't really impact the battery that much.

    other threads have talked about how much it weighs; try a search.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're replacing it with another HDD or SSD, fine. Removing it otherwise is pointless, as it won't make any noticeable difference in weight or battery life.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Maybe I've just never noticed it on mine, but it shouldn't be spinning up with no disc.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If you open a file directly from a Dvd/CD and then later click on open, it might have reference to the DVD in previous files
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    But unless there is something wrong with it, the drive isn't going to spin up if there isn't a disc inserted.
     

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