Durability of a MBP & its internal components.

derek.fulmer

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Looking to start a discussion based on my MANY instances of bumping my office chair into my desk. I am using a decent IKEA model desk, as is my wife and hers is right next to mine. Any time she or I bump into the desk, even the slightest, our desks, everything on them including our MacBook Pros and their screens shake. It may not be violent, but is it something to be concern about over time? I worry about the jarring impact this may have on our computers and their hard drives and other internal components. It's incredibly frustrating and scary because I can't afford to just up and replace a computer out of pocket IF something where to happen due to these jarring impacts.


*edit* Just bumped into the BACK of the desk with my knee and the whole thing shook like never before. Angry? Yes. Frustrated? Very.
 

snaky69

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Looking to start a discussion based on my MANY instances of bumping my office chair into my desk. I am using a decent IKEA model desk, as is my wife and hers is right next to mine. Any time she or I bump into the desk, even the slightest, our desks, everything on them including our MacBook Pros and their screens shake. It may not be violent, but is it something to be concern about over time? I worry about the jarring impact this may have on our computers and their hard drives and other internal components. It's incredibly frustrating and scary because I can't afford to just up and replace a computer out of pocket IF something where to happen due to these jarring impacts.


*edit* Just bumped into the BACK of the desk with my knee and the whole thing shook like never before. Angry? Yes. Frustrated? Very.
Your computer has a sudden motion sensor, which is triggered by such jarring. You're fine.
 

maflynn

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Time for a new desk I'd say

As for the ikea desks, I have two for my daughters and they don't exhibit that issue at all. They feel very sturdy
 

derek.fulmer

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The desk is plenty sturdy. I didn't cheap out on the desk. The issue is the width of my chair compared to the width of opening of the desk. That's what causes the knocking.
 

dusk007

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Your computer has a sudden motion sensor, which is triggered by such jarring. You're fine.
That wouldn't help in this situation. A sms detects the g force when the laptop drops from the table and during the time the notebook is falling down the hdd head is parked safely away and nothing is harmed once it hits the ground.
It is not like that simply helps with any kind of sudden motion.

An HDD can stand quite a bit of shaking though. If you are really worried or experience an hdd death or damaged sectors switch to an SSD.
With an SSD in the system there is nothing that would experience any kind of damage unless it is such force that the whole case deforms.