11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2007 4:25 AM by MEDLOW
Alex02 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm tired of it spinning up every time I startup or wake the laptop. I never use it anyway so I'm trying to figure out how to disable it like you would do with a PC. Help would be appreciated.

macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • paton Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    just make sure the drive is empty (no disks in it) it doesnt spin up then
  • Alex02 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No it still makes the loud noise.
  • paton Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    i would go get it seen to then at an apple shop
  • elbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having this issue too, only perhaps worse. My CD drive on my MBPro (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857) makes a horrible grinding noise when it spins. it still plays disks but the noise is horrible. I want to just turn the thing off until I have time to take it in.
  • chercka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I would love to be able to disable the cd-drive itself. The startup sound is loud, and I use the drive very rarely. Anybody know how to do this through the OS?
  • Michael Tirta Level 5 Level 5 (7,650 points)
    actually the spinning sound is considered normal, that is the way the optical check if there is any disk to start or read with.

    try to open system preference > start up disk > and select your macbook system folder, it might still make sound and spun, but it will not try to look and boot to optical drive (if you ever select to boot from optical drive before).

    If the optical drive sound is too loud and you think that is not normal, visit apple store and compare yours to their demo unit.

    Good Luck.
  • anthonylkelly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey if you don't want your macbook optical drive take it out and sell it to me. Mine is broken and I am in desperate need of one. Anyone that has a working optical drive for a macbook that they want to sell email me @ anthonylkelly@yahoo.com .

  • Sam Kivi Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I think what Alex means is the noise the drive makes when booting, waking from sleep or opening Disk Utility. It the the sound of the motor which moves the discs in and out of the drive, not any spinning. It makes these noises irrespective of whether there is a disc in the drive.

    I also find the noise very annoying, especially when using my Macbook at the library where it is deathly quiet and the drive noise is actually very loud (but not abnormal or indicating a fault, I am sure of that).
    I imagine that the commands for this drive checking is in the EFI or BIOS equivalent as it does the check when booting.
    The noise has been particularly annoying for me as I have found my macbook to library's 802.11x connection fails ever 1-10 minutes, and the only way I have found to fix it is to sleep and wake the 'book. Lots of drive noises!!

    please someone advise on whether it is possible or even plausible to modify this!
  • JustanAlias4Me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a disk that won't eject from my Macbook's CD drive. Every time the Macbook wakes from sleep it goes through ~10 seconds trying to eject the disk.

    The Genius at the Palo Alto store could do nothing. He told me it's ~$300 to have the drive replaced, so I asked how I might disable it & use an external one.

    The Genius's Answer: You'd have to remove the connection from the logic board. There is (so far as he knows) no software or firmware solution for this.

    Now, this doesn't make much sense to me. You'd think, being Unix, you could remove the device file or some such. Anybody tried anything like this?
  • 4wayDiablo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This annoys me too. Help appreciated.

    EDIT: I mean the terrible sound of the optical drive at startup etc.

    Message was edited by: 4wayDiablo
  • MEDLOW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yup... Me too..! I hate the noise when I open the lid on the MacBook each time.
    I would prefer to be able to disable the drive somehow (other than unplugging it from the MBoard)

    Is there a PC BIOS equivalent that you can access at boot up?

    Please help.