Does the Original PS4 require the disc drive to boot?

I recently bought a tore down original PS4 (looks like someone had an issue with it, took it apart and couldn’t put it back together so they sold it to a local gaming store) employees didn’t know what the issue is with it or if it still works. As far as I can tell, it’s only missing the disc drive so I was wondering if it’s even worth it for me to attempt to put it back together without the disc drive if it doesn’t even boot without it. Anyone know?

I only payed $15 for it so if I need to pick up a drive online it won’t be the end of the world.

Any help is appreciated, thank you!

you need the daughter board (disc drive main board), otherway you ps4 won’t work…

So (assuming there’s no other issues), it wouldn’t even work properly with a replaced disc drive?

no, it won’t… but for $15 it’s a very good deal for a spare console for parts…

It will boot if there’s no any pressure and if the version is 7.51 you can only play games using PSN account maybe the version of the console is 5.05 and below it can be chipped but without disk driver won’t play disk games