anyway to Disable the Disk Drive Boot up sound?

dsciel

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Everytime the computer start, the disk drive has a sound(from the optical drive not the speaker sound), it is normal to all macbook but is there a possible way to disable it? In windows, there is such thing as change the boot device and i am not sure if mac has this kind of function to skip the disk reading when boot up the system
 

thundersteele

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do you want to disable the startup sound or the noise that the disc drive makes when you boot up?

The former can be done, the easiest solution is to mute the volume before shutting down the mac. The latter is not possible I think.
 

GGJstudios

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Everytime the computer start, the disk drive has a sound, it is normal to all macbook but is there a possible way to disable it? In windows, there is such thing as change the boot device and i am not sure if mac has this kind of function to skip the disk reading when boot up the system
The sound you most likely hear is not your hard drive, but your optical drive, which is accessed during startup to see if there's a disc there you might want to boot from.
 

dsciel

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The sound you most likely hear is not your hard drive, but your optical drive, which is accessed during startup to see if there's a disc there you might want to boot from.
yea i meant the optical drive, i researched and found someone saying to put a blank disc in it, but is there an other way?
 

GGJstudios

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yea i meant the optical drive, i researched and found someone saying to put a blank disc in it, but is there an other way?
No, and you don't want to disable that, in case you have a problem booting from your hard drive. You shouldn't need to restart too often, so dealing with the brief sound shouldn't be an issue.
 

bdodds1985

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these computers have moving parts, crazy right.. that what your hearing. if it bothers you enough, take the optical drive out.

half way off topic:
How do you disable the start up sound? I had thought about it but I like it when I boot up in public and everyone hears how much better than them I am:D
 

fisherking

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funny about the optical drive.
my previous macbook had that noise, until one of the snow leopard updates fixed it.

in lion, on a new macbook pro, i hear that sound any time i boot up, or restart.

so...seems it could be fixed in an OS update (IF apple wanted to do this)...
 

altecXP

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funny about the optical drive.
my previous macbook had that noise, until one of the snow leopard updates fixed it.

in lion, on a new macbook pro, i hear that sound any time i boot up, or restart.

so...seems it could be fixed in an OS update (IF apple wanted to do this)...
There was an update to fix the noise of the optical drive at one point. I believe it was creating noise more than it had to so they changed how the drive was accessed on boot.
 

SDAVE

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There was an update to fix the noise of the optical drive at one point. I believe it was creating noise more than it had to so they changed how the drive was accessed on boot.
Yeah, I remember when I had the 2008 MBP Apple put out a firmware that turns off the accessing to the optical drive upon bootup. Now in the 2011 MBP that I have, that sound is nonexistent. Maybe the OP has an older MBP or hasn't upgraded the firmware?

Another thing to do is to not shut it down, but just put it to sleep.
 

fisherking

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Yeah, I remember when I had the 2008 MBP Apple put out a firmware that turns off the accessing to the optical drive upon bootup. Now in the 2011 MBP that I have, that sound is nonexistent. Maybe the OP has an older MBP or hasn't upgraded the firmware?

Another thing to do is to not shut it down, but just put it to sleep.
sound is here, on a brand-new 13" mbp, running 10.7.2 (doesn't bother me tho)...
 

Angelo95210

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I hate this sound as well. Best you can do is to remove the drive as there is no such setup like in a PC Bios. CDroms are so old fashioned now...