Map Pro DVD making noises at StandBy

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by robertogag, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. robertogag macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2012
    I just got a new Bluray Burner "LG-BH12LS38".

    It works great, It was recognized by the MacPro without issues, I tried already Ripping several DVD's and BluRay discs without problems (I haven't tried burning a bluray as of today).

    My issue is that when I am not using the burner I can hear a small "click" at random intervals for 5-10 minutes, the typical noise made when the drive tries to read the DVD, but there is no DVD and I am not trying to access nothing (even when computer is idle)

    Anybody has a clue what is that?
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Many people have asked this. Nobody has an answer for it. The only known workaround is to leave a disc in the drive. It doesn't have to be a blu-ray disc.
  3. robertogag thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2012
    Really? A pretty well known issue?
    But is this only for LG drives?

    I know there are some drives made for MAC (Like MCE????). I still have the option to return the LG.

  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Yes, it's a well-known issue and not just for LG drives.

    As I recall the only for-sure solution is to get a BD drive from OWC, but they charge a lot more.
  5. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    I recently bought an LG drive from OWC, blu-ray read but not burn, for $58. It has the same issue as the OP, every 5 minutes or so it activates. It's irritating.

    I should add that OWC tech support person knew nothing about this kind of issue.
  6. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    It's not only blu-ray drives.
    It's not only LG drives.

    It is a common issue with non-apple optical drives.
  7. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Thanks. It's remaining quiet now with a blank CD in it.
  8. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I don't think my Blu-ray drive actually has the problem you mentioned (I never heard it unless it's actually working), but mine's a Pioneer. Or perhaps I'm just deaf. ;)

    Pioneers in particular have that issue where they "disappear" if the hard drives go to sleep (but you can circumvent that by turning disk sleep off), but other than that, no issues for me.

    I'm not sure if MCE would be any better. They simply rebadge drives and charge more for them. About the only advantage MCE has right now is if you have a 2006-08 Mac Pro and don't want to use up a SATA port (they sell IDE/ATAPI drives that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere).
  9. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    With all this in mind, I'm looking to buy an external Blu-Ray burner for use (Mostly) with my iMac, but will also be using it with my MBP too. What's the best one around? (That won't click and drive me nuts in recording sessions)
  10. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    It is to do with putting disks to sleep check box.

    If I untick the 'sleep disks when possible' box, it fixes the problem. The default timer is 10 mins, hence the time span!

    Clearly OS X thinks the drive isn't a normal disk drive and therefore it wakes every so often.

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