iPad killed MacBook Pro's hard drive?

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  1. paulold macrumors 6502

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    My friend bought a new MacBook Pro in January (actually his employer did) and just bought an iPad. He uses a cushioned backpack to carry them around and also has an Apple iPad case.

    Might just be a coincidence, but his MacBook Pro's hard drive just crashed. Just the other day we were wondering if the iPad could cause any damage to the laptop or vice versa.

    What do you think? Might it be unwise to keep your iPad in close contact with your laptop? Any electromagnetism issues that could fry data on a hard drive?
     
  2. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    This would like CDs being bad for an superdrive.
     
  3. bpd115 macrumors 6502a

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  4. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I think it is more likely that your friend's MBP is jealous of the iPad because your friend is spending all his/her time with the iPad. So it decides to act up for attention.
     
  5. HungryWriter macrumors newbie

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    Are you sure he wasn't talking on his iPhone at the same exact time?
     
  6. chriszzz macrumors 6502

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  7. samcraig macrumors P6

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    the iPad started a revolution. The MBP was a casualty
     
  8. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    No.

    Unless the iPad has a giant magnet in it, it isn't going to toast the HDD in the MBP.

    And before you ask: No, the iPad doesn't have a giant magnet in it.

    EDIT: I need the Picard face palm photo right now

    Don
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    No, you need this. :D

    [​IMG]
     
  10. marc.cizravi macrumors member

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    LOL, well played.
     
  11. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I'm saving that to my desktop for future use.

    Don
     
  12. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    Laptops that overheat stress the hard drive components and can cause early failure. I've seen torrenting apps wreck hard drives by constantly writing small data down as they download.

    There is a manufacturers' spec that states the MTBF (mean time between failure) that gives you a good idea of how many hours of active use a drive will have before it fails. It is only a mean value, which you may exceed or yours may fail earlier.

    I would suspect more likely the iPad being coincidental to the laptop's drive failing. Its more likely the drive was overheated through using it on surfaces that don't adequately allow the heat to disperse, such as a pillow, blanket. If that wasn't the case, I have had my laptop not go to sleep when closing its lid on one or two occasions (could have been an app locking up the sleep sequence). In that case, I put the laptop into its sleeve and drove home. When I got home, the fan was desperately trying to cool the laptop and blowing on high. Luckily that didn't cause any failures but made me wary of just quickly putting a hot laptop away in its sleeve.

    On the other hand, drives do fail. I may just be ordinary failure and no fault of the user.
     
  13. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    You missed this one...

    [​IMG]
     
  14. GregGebhardt macrumors 6502

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    How could anyone think the iPad could kill your MBP's hard drive. It makes me wonder about people's common sense!:(
     
  15. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    Speakers mean magnets. It's always possible that the speaker in the iPad created a field that affected the HD of the macbook.
     
  16. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Does he sync the iPad with that MacBook Pro? If so, the increased, frenzied explosion in the porn video downloads could have taxed the hard drive. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, all my iPad did was erase all my credit cards.
     
  17. chriszzz macrumors 6502

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    No, no, no, and no.

    No magnet in any other consumer device is strong enough to affect a hard drive. In fact, the magnet inside the hard drive is probably the strongest one in your possession.
     

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