Moving Macbook while turned on? Ok or bad?

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  1. FriedPotatoes macrumors newbie

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    A curious question:

    Is it ok to move the macbook while it is turned on? I know about the spinning HDD, but if you were to move it carefully without banging into anything ok?

    The old notebooks HDDs weren't designed as good...not sure if new HDDs have some sort of shock mechanism to protect it from contact between disk platter and read head.

    Cheers.
     
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    It's fine to move you MB while it's on. I move my MBP all over the place while it is on. As long as you don't drop it or do anything rough to it everything is good to go...
     
  3. iTzChasE macrumors 6502

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    Its ok, just don't do anything you wouldn't do to a baby.

    No upside down, spin fast, Jerk back and forth and Yell. Nothing along those lines and you will be find.

    Walking around, it should be fine. Just don't drop it (another thing you shouldn't do to a baby).
     
  4. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    Even then its got a sudden drop sensor, so if anything happens the hard disc freezes in place. So you should be good even if you drop it.
     
  5. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    I move mine all the time while it's on my bed :) I'm sure you'll be fine
     
  6. shawnpringle macrumors newbie

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    NO DON'T MOVE IT!
    Before you move it, make sure to save and shut down your entire macbook. Now remove the battery and charger, move to destination, insert battery, and re-boot.


    Honestly, your fine.
     
  7. applgeek macrumors member

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    I throw my dell in the air while its on, and it seems fine.
     
  8. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I just got back from playing frisbee with my new Alu Macbook and I'm typing on it right now :D
     
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    I try not to move mine too much when there is a DVD in it, otherwise I don't worry.
     
  10. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    fine go ahead and move you mac while its on, but dont come crying to us or applecare when it blows up :p
     
  11. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Yes you can move. But only 50 feet at a time, wait one minute and then
    50 more feet very slowwwwlllyyy.

    Seriously, you can move it all you want. Just avoid dropping on concrete.
     
  12. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    or any other hard surface for that matter... :cool:
     
  13. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    I move mine all the time when it's on and haven't noticed any problems.
     
  14. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    If you have a SSD then your extra good to go.
     
  15. Prekesh macrumors regular

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    i move mine all the time, and have MacSaber fights with my friends (how sad).
     
  16. WinkWink726 macrumors regular

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    hang on now...

    I move mine all the time, but i have read that you should avoid moving it when you just start it up or when you're just shutting it down.

    it said you should listen to it and try not to move it until the guts stop spinning
     
  17. FriedPotatoes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Hahaha...just checking that's all.

    Cheers everyone
     
  18. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    It actually says you should wait for the sleep light to start flashing before you move it.
     
  19. YetioDoom macrumors newbie

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    Don't squeeze it too much, especially if there's a CD in the drive. I did this and it made a terrible scratching noise :eek:
     
  20. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Good advice. Don't grab it at one corner and hold it on that corner alone, especially on the side with the CD drive. Better to hold it on both sides, or from below.

    "Don't do anything you wouldn't do to a baby" seems a good idea.
     
  21. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    This seems like the simplest, best way of going about it.

    I'd just add that if you hear noise (DVD, HDD, etc.) I'd be even extra gentle with it when moving.
     
  22. OzH1 macrumors newbie

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    A year later but maybe someone's still reading...

    Hi - I found this forum because I was reading in my macbook pro manual that the machine shouldn't be moved while the hard drive is spinning because it could damage it. It said you should close the lid and wait til the light starts flashing before moving it. This bugged me since I've been moving it while it's on constantly - as if it were a baby of course. I googled and found this forum as a result - I'm glad no one has had a problem and I can't see myself closing the lid everytime I want to move it (I'm constantly moving it in bed and will likely continue) but wanted to let you know my late 2009 macbook pro manual clearly states this.
     
  23. applgeek macrumors member

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    I move my dell around all the time while its running and its fine. Due to apple's track record, you are more likely to have your hard drive destroy itself than it somehow getting messed up by moving it.
     
  24. smithmax13 macrumors member

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    Probably just for liability. I never worry about moving mine while it's on, but a few times I have heard the hdd suddenly stop because the motion sensors activated.
     

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