Mac Mini Hard Drive Noise

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by shoebobs, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. shoebobs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    I got the new Mac Mini and it is silent except for the standard noise a hard drive makes when reading/writing files. Normally, I would expect this on a computer but I don't ever hear the hard drive on my MBP. Also, I haven't heard of anybody complaining about noise from the hard drive here, and it seems like every little thing is discussed on MR Forums.

    So...should I be worried the drive in mine may be faulty/abnormally noisy and look to return it for a new one? Anybody else hearing hard drive noise?

  2. Mr.T macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    I can't say I've noticed the hdd in my Mac mini, although typically when I use it, it's role is a htpc so my tv is making enough noise to drown it out - even still at 2/3m away with no audio I can't hear it.
  3. Sophia.dicosta macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    Mac Mini Hard Drive Noise

    It's really not a good sign.It may be possible that your drive is starting to fail so i think you should replace it.
  4. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    what you're hearing with the mini's hdd is normal. it might be a slightly louder than the drive in your mbp (due to different brands/models), but compared to a 3.5" drive, it's quiet. you don't hear the platter spinning, just the head moving. i can only describe it as a soft grinding noise during heavy r/w. as long as it's not a loud clacking or random clunking sound, you should be fine. that said, it's always a good idea to use an external drive to back up your data regardless.

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