Retina MBP ok sleep mode while traveling?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by anewfoundsin, May 11, 2015.

  1. anewfoundsin macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Ok this might sound a little dumb, but is it okay to put a MacBook in sleep mode and leave in it your trunk while traveling? I am afraid of the bumps and vibrations of the car moving will slowly damage the macbook (hard drive fans). I do a lot of traveling. Or should I get a MacBook air instead ?
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Unless you missed a comma (,) there are no "hard drive fans". Also, unless you have a 2012 classic MBP or anything made before 2012 and have not installed an SSD, you don't have a spinning drive to worry about.

    All in all though, unless the lid opens and the drive starts spinning (if you have a spinning drive) I wouldn't worry too much about it. If I'm going to be going a long distance (more than an hour or 2) I might just shut it down and boot back up at my destination but other than that I just leave it in sleep.
  3. snaky69, May 11, 2015
    Last edited: May 11, 2015

    snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The head of the hard drive is parked in sleep mode, that is if you have a mechanical hard drive. If you have a SSD then there are no moving parts.

    You're not going to damage anything.

    EDIT: Just noticed you said retina in the thread title. Your computer uses the same type of hard drive as the air. There are no moving parts to be damaged by vibration in your computer apart from the fan, and they can take it just fine. You're overthinking things.
  4. anewfoundsin thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I currently have a MacBook Pro 2011. My trackpad recently got damaged. I'm thinking cause of my travels. I don't want to power it on and off everytime cause I'm
    Constantly open and closing my laptop during the day. Yes I have a hard drive now but not sure if I should go with the air or retina as my next buy. Both dont have hard drives but they still have fans right? I'm looking into the 2014 versions.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If you get jolts strong enough to break a laptop's fans in a car, I'm guessing you'll have to get an appointment at the dentists to fix the teeth you'll have broken in the process. Are the roads really that bad where you live?

    All seriousness aside, this shouldn't even cross your mind, seriously.
  6. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    The fans aren't going to be affected one way or the other by leaving the machine in sleep mode. As for your trackpad, even if it was damaged due to your travels, it wouldn't matter if the system was in sleep mode, fully powered on, or turned off.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I prefer not to keep my rMBP in sleep mode, I've come across a situation a handful of times that it either didn't go into sleep mode or woke up while in transit. I remember pulling the rMBP out of the cause and it was overly warm.

    Thanks to apple's decision to remove the sleep indicator light, there's no way to know if its fully asleep. I've shut the lid and I can't be sure if its asleep or not. While those issues were rare, its spooked me enough to just shut the computer down. Booting up doesn't take long and it does give me some peace of mind.

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