I don't want moving parts

HeyDudeItsSky

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May 31, 2012
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I recently got the MacBook Pro 13" i7. I swapped the HDD for a 256GB SSD and moved the 750GB HDD to the SuperDrive space.
I have re-configured my 'home' to live on the HDD because that's where I want to keep media and other files/folders. I only want the SSD to boot the OS and applications.
SO
My question is: upon startup, if I don't do and/or launch anything and do not have any apps to start at login, would that HDD sit perfectly still? Or will it spin up just as soon as it gets power by default?
I have tried to give it a good listen to see if I can hear it but without any luck (that I can hear)
From a tech standpoint though, it seems that this question could be answered without me having to look like a freak pressing my machine onto the side of my head! Ha!

Thanks guys!
 

hallux

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Apr 25, 2012
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Do your Desktop items not "live" in your "home" that's been moved off to the HDD? If so, it would need to spin up.
 

grahamnp

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Jun 4, 2008
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Apps quite often store settings and data in the Home folder. That will make the HDD spin up.
 

mikeo007

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Mar 18, 2010
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As long as OSX sees the drive, it's going to spin up at some point to index it.
 

Comeagain?

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Feb 17, 2011
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It will spin up, just because OS X sees it. It may spin down to an almost imperceptible speed, but it is most likely going to keep moving, regardless.
 

Ccrew

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Feb 28, 2011
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It's going to spin up as part of the boot process, if nothing else as a hardware test and to detect if it's bootable or set as the boot drive.
 
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