A bit of tape. I want to be cool like the other 4 guys who said tape already.
Edit: In the time it took me to write this, another cool guy made my 4 guys into 5.
Easy, open it up and cut the positive wire. Did the same thing to the trunk button on my key fob because the trunk would open whenever I put my keys in my pocket. Cut the trace wire and put a dab of hot glue over the connection
I've dug into my drive and snipped one of the LED leads before... Not exactly elegant, but it's effective.
You could also try finding some tinted plastic/film, and cut a small piece to fit right over the light. I did that on a rectangular LED I had on an HTPC unit, where the LED was eyeball-melting bright when looking at it straight on. Snipped a little tinted film to match the size, a drop of clear superglue, and I have a very subdued LED indicator. Might be useful in the case of an optical drive, so you can tell if your drive is spinning up (troubleshooting bonus later).
That wouldn't work if the LED is directly on the circuit board like on the Arduino Uno. You'd have to unsolder it like Puiu said.It'd be hard if you have little to no experience with soldering, let alone if you have a soldering iron. Soldering irons aren't a common household item.
Just pull it off... There are also two sides to a circuit bored, you can cut the traces on the other side. It really doesn't matter if it's the positive or ground trace either, it's just good practice to go for the positive.That wouldn't work if the LED is directly on the circuit board like on the Arduino Uno. You'd have to unsolder it like Puiu said.It'd be hard if you have little to no experience with soldering, let alone if you have a soldering iron. Soldering irons aren't a common household item.
That could cause damage to other parts of the board.Just pull it off...
True, but we're talking an optical drive here... The LED is often remotely connected when compared to the driver board, in my experience (but it's not like I take DVD drives apart regularly, so that may vary depending on model, hardware generation, alignment of stars, etc.).
But, to be fair, the "open and snip" process in itself can be a bit daunting. You have to have the micro screwdrivers, steady hands, and usually try not to do anything in the disassembly process that might disturb the disc drive's physical mechanism - that's a genie that is hard to stuff back in the bottle, once it escapes.
That could cause damage to other parts of the board.