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Unplugging optical drive in order to avoid sound on startup?

In order to avoid the sound from the optical drive on startup, I decided to just unplug the optical drive internally. However, I just left the wire fully unplugged but still hovering over its port. Could this cause any problems? I don’t think the back of the case is applying any pressure on connector but I’m not really sure. Maybe there is a better way to solve this problem?

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What is your macOS version?

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@danj Catalina 10.15.7 (19H524)

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The reason I asked what you had is my system isn’t doing running the optical drive that often. My OS test system is a 13” 2012 MacBook Pro.

Let’s make sure your settings are set correctly. go into your preferences > Startup Disk and see if resetting it helps (with the optical drive plugged in), Next lets also reset the SMC and NVRAM

Let’s see where that leads us.

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@danj Before I do the steps outlined above, I just want to clarify that I don't really ever want to hear the optical drive. The reason is because I am a student, and I'm trying to avoid that awkward moment in class when its silent and you (the optical drive) makes a loud noise and everyone looks at you. However, if the drive running not "that often" means almost never then I'll go ahead and do the resets for sure.

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@tecrpr - It rarely goes! I think yesterday it went once. I often leave my system running and if it goes to sleep it only goes to Stage-1 not Stage-2

Do you put your system to sleep (or let it go to sleep from no action) or close the lid Vs shutdown?

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@danj I just recently got this macbook, however I do shutdown the computer if I know I won't use it for a while (1hr or more) and if I'm going to come back to using it soon then I will just shut the lid. I haven't manually put it to sleep or let it go to sleep from no action yet.

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So lets check the startup disk setting and reset SMC & NVRAM. Let's see where that gets us.

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@danj I did all the steps, and as far as I can tell it still makes the sound every time it boots up.

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If you don’t want to use your optical drive you can remove it using this guide. If you just want to leave it unplugged I would recommend putting some anti-static tape around the head of the optical drive cable and then using the anti-static tape to tape it down so it doesn’t move around internally.

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@zpl Thanks for the answer. I don't want to remove it as I'd probably put it back in eventually, so that's just a waste of time. If I were to just leave the wire hanging and without anti-static tape what's the worst that can happen? Is that more of a safety precaution or will my whole machine brick in a matter of weeks if I don't use the tape?

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If you leave the cable disconnected without tape to secure it there's a possibility that it will jiggle around and touch other components. It's probably unlikely, but left loose like that there's a chance it could scrape up against the logic board or bridge two connections and cause a short.

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