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I'd like to stop the SuperDrive from spinning up after coming out of sleep since the noise it makes is quite loud. The SuperDrive was 'fixed' at an authorized retailer a while back and it's made a lot of noise ever since. This is a 3 year old white MacBook, so it's out of warranty.

Is there a way to not have it check for disks after opening the lid?

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Is there a disk actually in the drive? Have you run the latest software updates? A while back there was a firmware update (I don't remember for which MacBooks though) that helped the 'noise' a superdrive makes when waking up. –  jmlumpkin Aug 10 '11 at 12:08
    
@jmlumpkin Everything's up to date and there's no disk in the drive. It makes the same sound when it boots and when it wakes up; the sound is quite loud. –  alex Aug 11 '11 at 9:28
    
I had a unibody alum MacBook for a bit (they sold them for a few months, it looks just like the current 13" MBP). It had a very similar problem that was very annoying. There was a firmware upgrade for it that did quiet it down some, but it still was annoying. –  jmlumpkin Aug 11 '11 at 12:10
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You can disable the Superdrive if you set your account up under parental controls.

Under Preferences > Accounts (Users under Lion) > Enable parental controls > other > check limit cd and dvd burning

This should do the trick.

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Interesting. I'll give it a try when I get home. Thanks! –  alex Aug 10 '11 at 9:24
    
I tried it, but it does not work. The SuperDrive does the same thing after waking from sleep. –  alex Aug 11 '11 at 19:22
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