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    Removing optical drive and leaving the gap open


    I do not use the laptop's DVD drive frequently, in fact only on extremely rare occasion. Therefore, I am thinking of removing the built-in optical drive to save on weight.

    However, I wonder if it is OK to leave the gap open? Or a caddy should be purchased to seal the gap up.
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    I wouldn't leave it open. Dust could get in there, not to mention other things that should really stay out of the internals of a computer. Plus there's the aesthetics.

    Slim DVD drives don't weigh that much, though...

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