Click. Click, click, click, click, cl-cl-click....

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by CalMin, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    This MBA is perfect. No dead pixels, runs cool, fan is quiet.

    But, the hard drive clicks - loud. Not often - may be once an hour. Completely at random. 5-6 clicks - loud and in sequence. And then it goes quiet again. I can't reproduce it at will, so there's no hope of convincing a genius.

    Keep or exchange?
  2. wordy macrumors regular


    Feb 26, 2008
    Normal hard drive noise. Exchange if you like, but it will do the exact same thing.
  3. toxthexnines macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2007
    How loud do you mean? My version of loud is me playing drums :D

    If it is loud enough to bother you, you could always run it by a apple store if you have on by you.
  4. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Get it fixed.

    Here's my logic:

    1. You spent a lot of money for your Air. This is not normal behavior. Get your money's worth.

    2. Returns and repairs keep Apple, or more accurately, the Chinese factories honest. Enough returns or repairs cost real money, and Apple pays close attention to these stats.
  5. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    Totally Normal

    You can listen to any computer with moving parts and here this noise -- I just heard it with my iMac. The bottom line is that moving parts are not silent; especially not a little spinning disk with an arm moving in and out of it.
  6. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Everyone keeps saying this is normal. So please pray tell why is it that my HDD doesn't click ? Never has.

    Yes we all know HDD's make some noise, but a distinct click every hour or so ? If that's normal then I have an abnormal MBA.
  7. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Yes, you have an abnormal MBA that runs silently even though it maybe shouldn't. Count your blessings. ;)

    The PATA HDs used in iPod Classics and now in MBAs are known to click. I freaked out when I first heard my iPod Classic clicking... I thought it was dying, and it was only a month old. But then I looked into it and found that many, many people were taking the trouble to complain about it online... there are many others who don't complain. But it is, in fact, normal.
  8. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I think you should return it and get a normal one;)...

    Seriously, they do make noise & some are louder than others. Having said that, I do recommend using Time Machine or another backup program for the Air. These drives haven't really been time tested in laptops have they? An iPod may get read a lot but written to infrequently. The constant R/W of normal computer use is a different story.
  9. Eilene macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2007
    I don't hear any clicks at all! I would have them check it out...just to make sure nothing is wrong!
  10. Thomi macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I can double that! My MBAs drive is really very very quiet. But in a room of absolute silence I can hear the cpu or screen or whatever part is doing some sort of chirping. :eek: This chirping noise isn't noticeable at all at my wife’s macbook white but on the MBA it is. Sometimes during starting up applications or so it will pause for a second or two. But immediately after it's back again. Again: it's only noticeable in a room of absolute silence and doesn't disturb me at all, but it's here all the time and I am just wondering what it could be.

    Any thoughts?
  11. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    If he does exchange, does apple replace it on the spot, or do they send it in for repairs?
  12. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    Monkeys take it apart and sometimes scratch it badly, take pictures before....
  13. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Or one with a solid state disk.. ;-)

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