# Ubuntu – Permanently disable CD drive

12.04drivehardwareoptical;power-management

Possible Duplicate:
disable the cdrom in Ubuntu 11.10 OS

I have no use for a CD drive, ever. Yet it exists, consumes power, opens inadvertently when in its case or in my bed and makes noise whenever computer sleeps, wakes, shuts down or boots.

I would like to shut it out of existence. This will also be true if my next laptop has one too. But in this particular case I don't have the password to access the BIOS (hope it's not required).

udisks --show-info /dev/sr0 shows

drive:
vendor:                    HL-DT-ST
model:                     HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50L
revision:                  SC04
serial:                    MKS92IH3934
WWN:
detachable:                0
can spindown:              0
rotational media:          Yes, unknown rate
write-cache:               unknown
ejectable:                 1


I think detachable: 0 indicates what I want is not possible but I feel like I'm probably not the only one to find a CD drive useless and annoying. So maybe someone has an idea on how to do this.

I was about to test playing with files in /sys/bus/scsi/devices/1:0:0:0/block/sr0/power but I'd like to avoid messing with stuff I can't really handle and that could make it unmountable but still annoying or worse.

Feel free to ask for more details.