Apple is killing our harddrives prematurely

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Seriously wtf apple

    if you have a laptop, you will notice that the firmware causes the drive to click, aka the heads stop or park and then go again and continues this cycle for every like 10 sec. it sounds very faint but definitly audible

    how does this kill our hdd?

    well hdds only have a certain amt of load cycles they can have before they die

    to put it in perspective, if you download smartctl, you can see the amt of load cycles your hdd has been through

    my mb, which has 336 power on hrs has 38,587 load cycles

    my desktop on the other hand, has a power on time of 8453 hrs with only 672 load cycles

    i am convinced that this is the reason why my macbook caused my 250gig hdd to die on me in under a year

    how can we fix this?

    we should be outraged

    anyone know how to fix this?
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Maybe you have a defective sudden motion sensor that is causing the heads to park?
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    well it seems to be a common issue from this thread
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=688930

    i created this one as i believe it is a fault of apples part, not my hdd manufactuer and needs to be addressed
     
  4. SHIFTLife macrumors 6502

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    So basically what you're saying is you created a new thread just to talk about something that's being discussed in an existing thread which you already knew about?

    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly :rolleyes:
     
  5. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    yea as per my reasoning above...

    do you have anything worthwhile to add?
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    OMG 9/11 waz a CONSPIRACY by ALieNS from urANUS!!!!

    Why do people somehow think that Apple is sabotaging it's own products? Ever think you machine is just malfunctioning?
     
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  8. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    malfunctioning due to a firmware issue as its software related?

    how do i know its software related? because i have taken out the hdd and put it in my desktop and the load cycles do not increase....meaning its not the hdd

    open up disk utility and select hdd and then open that app again
     
  9. SHIFTLife macrumors 6502

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    Sure I do. Do you think it makes sense to compare your desktop hard drive to your notebook hard drive? Notebook drives are built with a much different duty cycle in mind. Common sense would tell one that it's more common for a notebook drive to have the heads parked when not in use to prevent damage seeing that it's a portable drive. Desktop drives aren't expected to be bumped around, hence the lower number of load cycles.

    And it's not Apple's fault that WD and Seagate build ****** drives...
     
  10. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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    hard drives break. anything really with mechanical parts will break, and it seems like your hd is one of those.
     
  11. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    explain how when i take the drive out of my macbook and put it in my desktop it doesnt increase in load cycles

    it means that this is not the hdd, but rather how the machine interacts with the hard drive
     
  12. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Now that's something I can agree with.
    As for the OP, do you really understand what is going on? Or just jumping to conclusions based on two numbers that you have nothing to reference against? Seriously, the simplest answer is generally the correct one. And I don't understand the basis of this "firmware" argument. What's that got to do with anything?
     
  13. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    yes i do...

    i am not computer illiterate, far from it

    why the same hard drive, when in my desktop does not increase in load cycles yet while it increases rapidly in my mb tells me something is wrong on the software side for my laptop

    i just want to correct this
     
  14. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    Does the option to stop activity from the disk is checked in energy saving? Might be your problem.

    Or did you tried using another drive then the one you have, just to see?
     
  15. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    the option to put the hdd to sleep when possible is not checked
     
  16. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I am not saying you are. But based on these numbers (load cycles) you are claiming it's the firmware and Apple's fault and whatnot, compared to whom/what? If I were you I'd encourage other people here to compare with the SmartCL program you linked to in your first post and see what their numbers are. Good chance you're experiencing normal behavior.
     
  17. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    id hope so if thats indeed the case
     
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    I've had my MBP for 2.5 years, with 624000 cycles on 17000 hours...

    So a quick check on Hitachi's website shows under 'reliability' is 600000 load/unload cycles.

    Should I be worried? The drive isn't showing any signs, but I have Time Machine backing up constantly.
     
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    Mine was 3880 hrs and 437,000 load cycles. No issues here.
     
  20. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    yea, the load cycles for the hdd are rated to 600,000

    i did manage to fix it though i think

    i went to http://mckinlay.net.nz/hdapm/

    and put both files in my app folder (the unix and plist) I then went to my user account and set those as log in items

    what this will do is make your hdd run max all the time so it wont park. this will probably decrease batt life but i dont want my hdd to die on me from all this parking it did
     
  21. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    So instead it'll just kill your battery and ruin your HDD if you ever drop or bump your notebook. :rolleyes:

    Did you ever stop and think that maybe there's a reason Apple designed their notebooks the way they did? Like, maybe they tend to be moved around a lot more and thus the drives are better protected by being parked when not in use? I'm pretty sure their engineers are more computer literate than you...
     
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    Same here.

    Still nothing. Just get a blank menu other than the Quit function.

    I had a PC laptop with a hard drive that made clicking sounds. I ran SpinRite on it and the clicking sounds decreased considerably to almost non-existent. Before installing the Samsung 500GB HD, I ran SpinRite on it. I wonder if that made a difference?
     
  23. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    im fairly sure the hdd makers, who specify the load cycle count for their drives know their devices a bit more than apple would

    @ Sushi, I opened up dik utility and selected the top drive, not the one with your drive name. i then hit the smtctrl app in the menu bar and it loaded the figures
     
  24. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It does sound awfully similar to a bug that was in Ubuntu about 1.5 years ago...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=378997
     
  25. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    good news, the solution i posted has worked! no additional load cycles have been recorded
     

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