Can you hear your MBP "thinking"?

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  1. cliffrockshire macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure what the term is exactly when you can hear your hard drive working to open an application or loading different things -- I think its sometimes referred to as "thinking". Kind of like a grinding sound.

    Well I heard this sound all the time on my old PC. It seemed to be always grinding away at one thing or another. I have had my new Macbook Pro 13" for about two weeks now and it has run SILENTLY. I was really impressed. But recently, the hard drive has begun to make more noise -- I can tell when it is working on things. Like whenever I open up a program or am browsing the web, I can hear a light churn every once in a while. Especially when I'm in a quiet room.

    Some of my friends with newer macs don't seem to have this problem. Does anyone else have a noisy hard drive? Is this something Apple will fix? For the amount of money I spent on this baby, I don't feel like it should sound like a five year old PC.
     
  2. impilot macrumors newbie

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    No sounds here....although very rarely am I in a silent room.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You're using more RAM, causing you to use more virtual RAM, causing you to use your disk more often?

    Solution: Get more RAM.
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Heads running across the platters are just a fact of mechanical hard disk life. More RAM will help as TS Suggested but the ultimate solution would be an SSD.
     
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  6. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    This... Try some VelociRaptor hard drives, those things are loud when they read/write... I hear they're even quieter than the old Raptors.
     
  7. EMKarelia macrumors regular

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    I don't think that's a good sound. Macs surely think but i don't think that heavily. : ) Maybe its a good idea to take it to the apple store if you still have Apple Care to just double check. Never hurts!
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Answering to the title, no I dont hear my mbp thinking... it doesnt have a brain and I dont have special powers!
     
  9. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Don't anthropomorphize computers. They hate that! :p
     
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