Can you hear your MBP "thinking"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cliffrockshire, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. cliffrockshire macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    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

    Aug 14, 2009
    No sounds here....although very rarely am I in a silent room.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    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

    Oct 24, 2007
    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.
  5. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  6. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    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


    Jun 22, 2009
    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

    Sep 4, 2006
    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


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Don't anthropomorphize computers. They hate that! :p
  10. mrmayor92 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008

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