How loud is to loud?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by glassonion909, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. glassonion909 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2006
    Optical drives tend to be noise things but how loud is to loud? My ibook seems to make a racket at points when burning a disk and when you insert a disk it seems on the verge of making a huge sound but stops. Seems kinda slow too on the last couple of burns however that could have been because I had many applications open.
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Optical drives get really damn loud, I probably wouldn't worry. They make way more noise than your typical drive.
  3. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    Yea they are VERY lod, so don't worry. Much of the noise is when you are inserting, ejecting a disk. When I have my iBook on my lap, I can actually feel something like banging on the bottom of the case when I insert a disc...really loud. It's loud because its a slot load and not a tray.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I think the noise is primarily at accelerated speeds. You shouldn't get much noise if you're *playing* (not ripping) an audio CD or a DVD movie. I think it's just the way the drives are. When you're on a quiet computer, such as a notebook, you can hear it. On a noisy desktop, it's covered up by fan noise and so on, to some extent.

    Besides the availability of system resources, burn (or rip) speed will be limited to some extent, I think, by the quality of the disc. If the disc has poor balance, it won't be able to spin fast with stability, and the drive will slow down.
  5. glassonion909 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2006

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