Is it bad to shake your computer when it is off?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jemmer, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. jemmer macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    Recently, my computer got bumped around in my duffle bag while I was not in my dorm room. When the computer was off, I shook the computer around to see if anything is loose. There were little noises, it seemed to be coming from the CD drive. When I put a CD in the drive and shake it, it does not make the noise any more. Is this noise just caused by the parts in the CD drive or should they be stationary while the computer is turned off? Also, is it bad to shake your computer while it is off?

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It is never a good idea to shake your computer. It won't hurt it if it gets bumped around a little, but avoid shaking it if possible.
  3. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
  4. shikari89 macrumors member


    Dec 11, 2010
  5. Jexta macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    In answer to your thread title, I would certainly try and refrain from shaking your computer. The hard drive is shock sensitive and could be damaged if your shaking is too vigorous.

    In response to the bit about your optical drive, it has moving parts and these are not locked in place, so it will make some noise if you shake it and this is normal. If bits start falling out, or you hear a grinding noise when it is reading a disk, then there is a problem.
  6. Gillespie81 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2011
  7. Jrv macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Long Beach, California
    Some people like having storage on their computer.
  8. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    The noise you heard was probably the parts of the optical drive that are loose when the drive is empty.

    Shaking roughly could cause components or connectors to come loose which isn't the end of the world as you would just have to open the case and reconnect them.
  9. McGiord, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 6, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    My MBP got shaken when asked by the airline to check it in at the gate because the very small airplane had no space for carry on...with a lot of fear I had no other choice, and thanks to the stupid people out there now flying is a privilege...
    Besides the HDD the RAM can become loose and something will not properly work...and there it goes the circuit board.
    When replacing the ram and doin some testing sometimes the small screws can fall inside the computer, and guess what the only way to get there is either doing a little shake or completely becoming an iFixit enrhusisast...or spend days without your beloved Mac because it will be in the Genius bar for a while.
    Shaken only when needed, and learn how to shake, gently shake, smooth shake, fearless shake, and shake prevent, and no milk shake while using your Mac...
  10. salacious, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 6, 2011

    salacious macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    i have taken my mac on a plane and theyv never asked me to shake exactly what will shaking it do? either your were dealing with a moron or being one for not asking their reason, they can scan the laptop to check for internal suspicious parts, unless you were going on ryan air .....

    *you dont need to shake ur latop to hear if something is loose? i give up your logic makes no sense to me,..
  11. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Because you haven't read my lines. I will try again, me wrong messenger.

    Airplane small
    No space for carry on
    Mac in bag
    Bag out of cabin
    Bag handled by airline personnel
    Bag inside luggage compartment
    Take off
    Bag shaken due flight
    Normal turbulence
    Rough air
    Airline and airport personnel handling bag
    Bag again on my hands
    MBP with kernel panics
    MBP Genius bar
    MBP new circuit board
    No more shakes
    Additional history:

    Kid push MBP out of table
    MBP fall to floor
    Small dent on Aluminum
    MBP still rocks
    Kids push MBP out of
    Now shake your head a little bit and please read my first post again, :)

    Take o
  12. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    lol what are you talking about, is this a poem?

    airplane shakes kills logic board
    kid pushes MBP off table and it rocks

    what does any of this have to do with dont shake it for no reason
  13. Gillespie81 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2011
    And some people can buy bigger storage ssds. My point is ssd there is no moving parts to really worry about. Whos says you cant have storage with an ssd they make 500gb and 1tg drives. Sounds like enough storage to me
  14. mayassa macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2008
    How do you get it to shut up if you don't shake it? :confused:
  15. jollygoodamy macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2011
    Sounds like a lot of money to me.
  16. Gillespie81 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2011
    people say the same thing to me when i say "i have a mac"
  17. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    MMyy pppaarreentts shooooke me all the tttiiimmmee and therrreee werrre nooo siiiddde effffeecccctsss.
  18. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    No kidding. Even if they were readily available, a 1TB SSD today would cost upwards of $5000. Adequate storage is one thing but cost is a consideration as well.
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Shouldn't do any damage if the hard disk and optical disk aren't spinning. So I guess it'd be ok if the computer is off.
  20. BiggAW macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Some people like not waiting all day for their computer to boot or load software. That, and I have a 640GB hard drive for my storage too. So take that. :D

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