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Permanently remove optical drive for weight loss purposes

I own a mid 2010 15" MacBook Pro. I never use the optical drive, so I would like to get rid of it all together. Mostly to lose weight.

Can I safely remove the optical drive without putting a replacement drive/hdd in place? Or must this space by some means be occupied by a device?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Kind regards,

K11h

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You can remove it and leave the space without any issues.

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