Moving or tapping my MBP, weird sound...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ReflexReact, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. ReflexReact macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I recently got a MBP, the newest model... I love it, bar one thing.

    When I pick it up, or when I move is suddenly (even just slightly), I get a horrible sound from the back right hand side.

    It sounds like a someone is putting a piece of plastic into a spinning fan. It also kinda sounds like the hard drive head hitting the disk (scratching sound).

    I know that these things are meant to have a movement sensor which actually takes the head OFF the disk, but this sounds like its doing the opposite (scratching the moving disk).

    If I do it while watching a movie, the film freezes for a second at the same time the sound can be heard - so it's definately something to do with the hard drive.

    I have done some research but everyone talking about the sudden movement sensor has described the sound as a "click", not a scratch.

    Can someone confirm this is normal, or abnormal?

    It's happening quite a lot - e.g. if I just pick it up it occurs. I've had loads of laptops and this is the first that seems to make a sound whenever I move it...
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's supposed to be a click. If the sound is reproducible to a high degree I'd take it in to have it looked at.
     
  3. ReflexReact thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's reproducable - if i nudge the system and put it under a G or 2, then you hear it. If you pick it up quickly, you hear it.
     
  4. ReflexReact thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. orchidrain macrumors newbie

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    Just take it to an Apple store and have them look at it. It doesn't sound like the normal click.
     
  6. Nano2k macrumors regular

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    Mine does a bit the same as the fan scrapes it's casing when I move the macbook a little too harshly. Once I cleaned the fans with a brush and the fan did the noise all the time, I had to push/pull the fan blades in the vertical axis to get rid of the noise.

    Of course you could have something stuck in it too...
     
  7. DisneyRicky macrumors regular

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    I believe that is the hard drive. It's normal because when your mac moves, it tries to protect your data by temporarily stopping the hard drive.
     

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