Why the hate for optical drives?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Martyimac, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Martyimac macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    I see a lot of folks saying they are disappointed that :apple: continues to use Optical drives. My question is why?
    What happens when you can only get a program you want on an optical drive (DVD or CD). How about doing personal file backups on optical like itunes or iphoto backups? What do you use to do your backups if you don't have an optical drive?

    This is a serious question, I don't know of a viable alternative and need educating, or at least other options.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    optical drives take up space

    they are rarely used and the space could be used for other things...like a batt

    if you need one, get an external usb drive
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You either buy a digital download version, wait for them to offer the program on an alternative medium, or use an external drive.

    What about them? Without an optical drive you can still backup to a cloud site or to an external drive of some sort.

    Cloud, flash drive, external hard drive, or to an optical disc via an external burner.
  4. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    Most programs can now be acquired online and purchased on line. Adobe's CS series for example: you can download the demo, then register/purchase it.

    Online backup services are also increasing in popularity and availability. CrashPlan can cost you as low as $6 a month for unlimited backup in the cloud for unlimited computers. That's less than the cost of 5 physical BD discs a month that don't give you differential backup.

    Time machine is free, and a local drive with a TB is much less than $100.
  5. Tamasi macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    External drives would more than suffice for most people that only need to use it a few times a year at most. On the other hand, the ('internal') optical drive takes up a lot of space, space that also could be used for other things, like better battery performance, a better cooling system such that a better CPU and GPU can be used, etc.
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Is there such software anymore? Nearly all software can be downloaded nowadays. Only big suites like Final Cut are only distributed through optical media but you could get an external drive for that purpose.

    External hard drive.
  7. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    Optical drives take up space, are rarely used by many people, and finally: optical disks are a primitive storage/backup solution.
  8. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Chicago IL
    Most of what I would say has been said above.... I guess I would like to add to it by saying that the space they take up for little use.... would be much better served for something else like a 2nd Hard Drive.... which serves much more value to most people.
  9. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    For backups, I use a 500GB WD external hard drive and for programs that are on a CD... I would use an external CD drive or find a way to wirelessly connect another PC's or my iMac's CD drive to my (future) MBP.

    But rarely do I ever use my CD drive, so I plan on replacing it when a second hard drive when I get my MBP.
  10. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    As far as the what do you do part. This is what I do as far as backups.

    Current copy on computer, time machine backups, I also have a secondary backup drive that I don't keep connected to my computer and do backups on periodically.

    As download speeds get faster, cameras take larger pictures, etc.. It's not realistic to backup the amount of data I have to a 8GB disk.

    As far as optical drives. I can't remember the last program that "needed" to be installed from disk, even OS. Still I purchase music and movies in disc format so I'm not ready for optical drives to go away yet. How else can I get them into my itunes?
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    They take up a huge amount of space in a small laptop for something that isn't used much.
  12. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    In terms of square area, they are larger than the battery itself. However, they are also the one of the more dense objects in a laptop. Larger batteries ad weight more than any other component in a laptop.
  13. namtaB macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2011
    I have a MBA and bought the external optical to go with it. But I have used their CD/DVD sharing and it works very well, whenever I want to watch a DVD on my MBA I just piggyback of the DVD drive in my Vaio with no issues. The other thing I've noticed, and this may just be with me, but almost every laptop Ive ever owner has had problems with the optical drive from it not being able to read some discs after a few years to completely not working altogether.
  14. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Because it's internal, and Apple is forcing us to have it. Imagine all the beautiful things that could take its place instead.
    Buy an external optical drive, cheapest I've seen is around $20~, and use it to your hearts content.
  15. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
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    Agreed, optical media is a bit redundant in laptops - these days! Blu rays gave their use on big tvs but DVD drives are really defunct agree with having ssd and hdd in optibay instead and I got plent idle int DVD drives I could use as external. Ps apple DVD not workin with extn is nor prob for me as I never watch DVDs on my laptop
  16. Grouchy Bob macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    AssWipe, New Mexico
    Oh my.

    Where are all the ODD defenders? The poor useless optical drive stands alone. :eek:

    Anybody want to buy some vintage CD+RW's? (circa 1998)?
  17. kukrisna macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2011
    I need the optical drive. I record a lot of music majors and grad students applying to summer programs, grad programs, etc. and many of the prescreenings require either a DVD or a CD to showcase ability, so I'm always using the optical drive.

    Granted, I am an exception. Most people do not have a need for the drive. Personally I would hate to see it go, but I can logically understand if they disappear in the near future.


    Also some people video tape guest lectures, recitals, and concerts, and want a nicely put together DVD of the event. I do that as well.
  18. koston33 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Question what external optical drives are you guys running. Anything to look for when picking one up. Question can I enclose my internal one and make an external usb drive. Or my friends 2008 macbook has a broken optical drive. Could I sell it to him as a direct replacement?
  19. DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    I've used an optical drive maybe once or twice in two years.

    I would much rather a second hard drive in Raid 0 for more speed or more room for extra RAM.
  20. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2010
    They take up a ridiculous amount of space within a laptop. The space can be used for some many other things... Ideally an "L" shaped battery for longer operating times.

    I haven't used the drive in my laptop in like 5 years. Honestly.
  21. DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    So true. Mine broke two years ago and I've used an external DVD Drive once maybe twice in those two years.

    I really don't need it onboard.
  22. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    1. You can't install Windows without a DVD drive, nor can you boot into Windows via drive sharing.
    2. Ripping of music CD's, though less prevalent nowadays, still is popular.
    3. Ripping DVD's.
    4. Ripping Blu-Ray via external HDD
    5. PC and Mac games are mostly on DVD's.
    6. Adobe's Master Collection is always on DVD sets.
    7. Recovery boot disks like Knoppix
    8. Burning CD's and DVD's.
    9. Watching DVD's rented from Redbox, or for watching hard copies of DVD's that was bought for a TV.
    10. Software developers and programmers use CD's to distribute necessary drivers, kexts and programs.
    11. Movies on DVD's and CD's save hard drive space.
  23. koston33 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2011
    so could I sell my optical drive to my friend to fix his 2008 macbook?
  24. dta macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011
    To be able watch movies is important for me. Do you think in the future movies would be sold/rented in flash drives or something else through USB or Thunderbolt ports?

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