2010 quad MP's optical drive is EXTREMELY noisy...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by curvephotograph, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. curvephotograph macrumors member

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    I've never heard anything so loud from a computer (save music), this is mainly when writing at max speed, its a very loud vibrating disk sound as though the disk is spinning off axis?
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Optical drives are always loud when at full speed. Not much of a way around it. It's a cheap and easily replaced part, I wouldn't loose sleep over it.
     
  3. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is very loud too...nothing wrong with yours. Just turn up the music ;)
     
  4. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    I still remember the custom PC I built 7 years ago and the PC I had before that. Their optical drives were both really loud. I haven't received my Mac Pro yet, but I guess it's normal for desktop drives to be this loud. My MacBook Pro's optical drive was really quiet in comparison.
     
  5. curvephotograph thread starter macrumors member

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    The 27" i7 iMac I sent back was so quiet, isn't it the same drive? If the slot loader is so quiet why bother with the drawer version in the pro?
     
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Tray-loaders are less picky about disc type. Also, the drives in the Mac Pro are full height, meaning they're cheaper and faster.
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    Faster comes in handy if you burn a lot of dvd/cds. They will burn at better then twice the speed of a MBP.
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I take it that your a first time Mac Pro owner? :D
     
  9. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    I actually think it's about half as loud as my 2008 MP drive, that thing was LOUD. 2010 is much quieter.
     
  10. davidp158 macrumors member

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    I have used my 6-core MP optical drive with approximately 10-12 discs, but it has only produced strange sounds when installing software off of 2 discs (1 CD, and 1 DVD).

    I've experienced this with my G5; most discs seem normal, yet a rare few discs make quite a racket. The first time it happened on my G5, I tried the disc on another machine, and it made no noise.

    Why would some discs make noise on one machine, but not another machine?
     
  11. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    Don't know but I have seen osx install disks do that on mac minis> I mod a lot of them
     
  12. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    Standard DVD drives (without special noise reducing features) are loud, that's normal. When reading at 16x, the DVDs in your drive spin faster than a hard drive! 10k+ RPM cannot be silent...
     
  13. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    I had a disc actually explode in an external DVD drive once. It sounded like someone hit my disc with a hammer. Dumped a zillion bits of disc out and the drive still works fine to this day.
     
  14. DesignFusion macrumors member

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    What do you guys mean by noise. AS when I play dvd's in my new mac pro it has a rattle? almost like the disc is rubbing? ive had this with a discs ive tried is this normal ?

    Its not what i expected from such an expensive computer?
     
  15. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    The drive rattles when it is spinning slowly (around 1x speed when watching DVDs). I think this noise comes from the low motor duty cycle and is nothing o worry about.
    When the disc is spinning fast, a more wind-like noise is caused by air vortices.
     

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