Angled stands - bad for the drives?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fujikon, May 8, 2010.

  1. Fujikon macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Are the angled stands where the laptop is not parallel to the ground bad for the drives, or any of the mechanical parts of the laptop for that matter? I would think that the moving parts would be affected by the laptop's orientation.
  2. pyroza macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2009
  3. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    For most desktop hard drives, the drives must be mounted so that the platters are either in a horizontal or vertical plane. Laptop drives may have a little more latitude for occasional in-between angles, but for long term fixed operation, the laptop should be mounted in a horizontal, or vertical position. A few degrees off won't hurt anything, but 45* is a definite no-no.
  4. Derekhk macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    How bad are the mStands for the harddrive?
  5. hliewprk macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2010
    Have been using it for couple of months now and no effects at all as HD is functioning well.
  6. 2contagious macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2008
    I've been using my mStand for two or three years now and the hard drive is still ok.
  7. justn macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2010
    SoCen Cal
    I've been using a Griffin Elevator for 3.5 years and haven't had any problem with my hard drive. Laptop drives are a lot more robust than you'd think.
  8. joe.cavers macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Same here. No problems. Optical drive is a little temperamental at times but I don't think that's to do with the stand... I think it's just knackered.

  9. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I've used an angled stand for all my laptops since i got my first PowerBookG4,
    and I've never had a dead laptop drive.
  10. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    Checking with the Western Digital website, it appears that there are no specific restrictions mentioned about mobile hard drive mounting angles. However, the 3.5" desktop drives are still limited to right side up, upside down, or vertical on any edge. This is probably due to the heavier platter and spindle assemblies on 3.5" drives.
  11. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2009
    I don't know where people get these crazy ideas about only keeping drives vertical or horizontal. There is no requirement nor need to keep hard drives at any particular orientation. None
  12. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    Somebody asked this question on Tekzilla and if I remember right, the fluid bearings that modern drives use are not affected by the angle which was news to me at the time. My optical drives sounds like it's grinding up a disc if I angle my MBP even a little bit though and I'm not sure what kind of bearings that uses.
  13. lefse macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    People used to run with iPods containing mechanical drives.

    And I can't remember reading that the iPod Classic must be kept in a certain position... :)
  14. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    Ipod drives are designed to be used in any position since they are designed to be small and portable.

    But I don't see any reason that any drive shouldn't be operated at an arbitrary angle between horizontal and vertical. Even optical drives, the only time I could see one having a problem is past vertical (upside-down) since the mechanism holding the disk on the spindle usually isn't very strong.

    Changing the orientation of a disk while it is spinning is of course very bad because that will put gyroscopic force on the platter.
  15. Fujikon thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Ok. So the consensus then is that it is fine for the harddrive but the optical drives are an issue?
  16. silexh macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2010
    The Netherlands
    A optical drive has a lot more 'jitter' when its not in a horizontal position. This could lead to possible read/write errors.
    They did a test in the PC Magazine a couple of years ago and the effect was negligible, so no real danger to the drive itself.
    You should of course not move it around to roughly.
    Just enjoy your Macbook Pro.

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