Space wasted by optical drive

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  1. lilcosco08, Dec 2, 2010
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    lilcosco08 macrumors 65816

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    Credits go to iFixit for the picture


    Just thought I'd post this picture.

    OD is just about as big as the logic board, ditch it and we can see some powerful stuff.

    Or Steve could just ditch the logic board, and we can have another optical drive. :p
     
  2. TheBaconKing macrumors regular

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    Thats why you remove it and install a second Hard Drive
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Don't know why you couldn't add onto the other thread(s) about this.
    Remove it and put in an optibay.
     
  4. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

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    Funny, I was just thinking about this the other day. I mean I've had my MBP for about 2 years now, and I have used the optical drive maybe 5 times ...
     
  5. lilcosco08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    IMO I'd rather see extended battery/faster gpu/cpu than another drive
     
  6. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    To all people saying "just install another hard drive", most people don't need or want another hard drive. Who wants more than 1TB in a laptop?

    Wouldn't it be better to see some serious increase in power and battery life? I mean, there is room in there for another computer for gods sakes! The optical drive isn't worth it when instead the MBP 13" could become seriously powerful.
     
  7. TheBaconKing macrumors regular

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    I use 2 drives to speed up my computer..

    the SSD to for boot and applications
    and the 640 HDD for the user directory (basically everything else)

    With that my boot time averages 15 seconds, sometimes more and sometimes less.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Well you may get your wish. If apple applies the changes to the MBA to the MBP line you may see the disappearance of the optical drive.

    Personally, while I may not use the optical drive very much, but there have been circumstances to when I do need it. So I'll probably not go the optibay route at this stage. Maybe next year, I'll take the plunge and get a usb dvd drive for those rare times I do need it and slap another SSD into the drive bay.
     
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. The dual-drive setup works great and is very handy.
     
  10. rtrt macrumors 6502a

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    agree with this. if the current 13" mbp had an i5 with separate graphics card i'd have had one by now. sticking with my mb till they do.

    of course now that the mba has the higher res screen - thats been added to my 13" mbp minimum spec too:D

    appreciate it might be a long wait
     
  11. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    if the optical drive is removed what will people do who burn home movies, etc?
     
  12. miata macrumors 6502

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    External SuperDrive like the MBAs.
     
  13. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Sucks that those mini-cd's never got huge ... those things are like a 1/3 of the size of regular cd's
     
  14. miata macrumors 6502

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    SD cards are even smaller and have much more capacity:)
     
  15. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but those mini cd's where able to play on regular cd players too, if I remember correctly. :p
     
  16. Nein01, Dec 3, 2010
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    yeah, but a hard drive is still significantly smaller than the optical drive. i don't know about you, but personally, i'd like to not have ANY wasted space in a laptop that i pay $3k for.

    we could have two hard drives AND extra battery or CPU/GPU power if apple removed the ODs.
     
  17. Winni macrumors 68030

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    The same people who wanted more than 640 Kilobytes of RAM in their desktop computer.
     
  18. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    yay! Another Optical Drive witch hunt!

    Why didn't you give iFixit credit for their picture?
     
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    Agreed!
     
  21. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    He maybe referring to the poster who said to put a SSD in the main bay for fast boot/app opening times, and another drive in the opti bay.

    I too had a 500gb drive in my optibay, it fits my usage very well. I too never turn off my computer, I sleep it when I get on a flight or anywhere else.
     
  22. miata macrumors 6502

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    I also never shutdown my MPB. I can imagine the focus on boot time given the Steve Jobs message, but the real value of the SSD is fast application launch, file opening, searches and virtual memory.
     
  23. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Well I don't want to spend an extra $80 to have a superdrive, I want it included.
     
  24. miata macrumors 6502

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    You would rather pay an extra $80 to have it included?
     
  25. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think anyone is disagreeing with you here. It's just that as Apple has not (yet) removed the od, you might as well sort it as best you can yourself now with the Optibay, or OWC's Data Doubler.

    The second drive option is not all about capacity, but rather flexibility. And yes, there still is A LOT of wasted space, even with the bulky bracket and second HDD, so yes plenty of room for extra battery gpu etc.

    I personally think we'll get SSD standard on all MBPs on the next revision. Actually 'flash' chips ala MBA so it too can be thinner and lighter.
     

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