Can I remove the Wii U optical drive?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by swankerme, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. swankerme
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    I do not ever plan on using a retail disc. The optical drive is very loud - can I remove it without negative effect?
     
  2. Hayato213

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    It is making loud noise with digital games?
     
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    I'm referring to the loud noise when switching between Wii U and vWii. My assumption is that this noise is the optical drive.
     
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    That is normal, it does that when swapping between Vwii and Wii U.
     
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    Yes, I know it's normal - but I'm assuming I can get rid of that noise by removing the optical drive.
     
  7. Hayato213

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    I guess you can't fully operate the wii u without the optical drive, you could always put the unit somewhere away from where you are sitting at , so it won't be so noisy like on a wall shelf.
     
  8. swankerme
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    Do I have to disassemble the optical drive to acceess the drive motherboard? Or can I just leave the pictured ribbon cable floating in the console?

     

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    Check the video in the thread I posted, it shows you how to dissemble it.....
     
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    I missed the post with the video. I'll give it a try later and provide an update here for anyone curious.
     
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    For anyone interested, I completed this mod today. It took me about 45 minutes, taking my time. Very simple to accomplish.

    My Wii U is now amazingly quiet. It no longer makes the loud whirring noises when starting up and switching between Wii U and vWii.

    Highly recommended for anyone who doesn't use physical discs.
     
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