Interesting click sound from MBP, cause for concern?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stovebolt6, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. stovebolt6, Mar 2, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015

    stovebolt6 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2015
    I just got a brand new mid-2012 13" MBP, with the 2.5 i5. It is model 9,2 and runs Yosemite 10.10.2

    Last week I upgraded the 4gb of ram to Crucial 8gb - I am not sure if this has anything to do with it but I feel full disclosure is best.

    A couple days ago I noticed that during normal use the laptop will make a click sound that, to me, sounds mechanical and almost like the optical drive. It's just a singular, mechanical-like clicking that sounds almost like one of the clicks you get from the drive when you insert or eject a disc. It occurs at random intervals (or just not at all), and I noticed that it seems to happen more after the computer wakes up from hibernation mode. The system does not react or anything to this click - it's just a sound with no other accompanying symptoms. Please note that I am aware of the motion sensor and this is not it - I can trigger the sensor and it sounds much different/quieter.

    I feel like it could be the optical drive because it seems like it comes from that general area. The HDD is down in the right bottom corner and this sounds like its coming from under the keyboard on the right side.

    I've checked SMART status - verified. Did a hardware check. Results all positive.

    I don't think it is the HDD. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? And if so, is it an issue? I really don't want to return the computer because I've already installed MS Office and I will be up to my neck in work for the next few weeks so I really can't afford any downtime.

    Thanks a bunch for any help.
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Completely normal.
    When you wake from sleep, the storage devices are notified.
    A hard drive will spin up, and the optical drive is also sent a command, resulting in a brief "whirr/buzz/click" or some sound similar to that.
    It's just part of the wakeup process.

    I've had my MacBook for about 6 years, and it always makes that noise - but I don't pay attention to it anymore. Had to put it to sleep and wake up to see if it still happens - and, yep!
    So, the optical drive is the sound that you hear, too!
  3. stovebolt6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2015
    Thanks for the response.

    My old MBP never did this, is this some kind of new attribute of the new OS?

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