Safe to Move Laptop While Asleep?

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Safe to move a laptop while its asleep?

  1. Yes - both walking & gentle biking

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  2. Yes, but only for walking

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  3. No

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  1. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 15" pre-unibody Macbook Pro and a 12" Powerbook G4. When the computer is asleep, is it safe to move around with it, or could that damage the hard drive? It would be moved on its side in a laptop bag - both walking and biking. I'm so tired of turning it on and off any time I move. Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's perfectly safe, as the hard drive is parked when it's asleep.
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    While asleep, the HDD is not moving. So yes, it's safe! :)
     
  4. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    100% safe, this is pretty much what that feature was designed for.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Ditto to all of the above. I never turn my MBP off. When I'm moving around it's in my bag sleeping soundly.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yep, only the RAM is powered during sleep and the sleep indicator light and the battery indicator lights, but no moving parts, the HDD and ODD, are powered during sleep.

    MRoogle is a good tool to search these fora for already existing threads about questions you have. It might be able to answer you quicker than waiting for an answer.
     
  7. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    When you first close the lid to put it to sleep, is it important to wait for the sleep light to start flashing before moving it?
     
  8. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    you dont need to wait laps are meant to be mobile.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes. Until the light starts flashing, it's still saving things to the HD and preparing to sleep. Let it finish before moving it.
    Yes, you do need to wait:

    Apple Portables: Wait for pulsing sleep indicator light before moving system
     
  10. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, I've been doing it right :D
     
  11. lieb39 macrumors 6502

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    Only thing I'd be worried about is having a disc in the cd-rom drive. Those things can screw up way too easily.
     
  12. spinnerlys Guest

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    How? The ODD is powered off during sleep and will not spin the medium inside. I transported my iBook, MacBook and MacBook Pros quite often with a CD or DVD inside the ODD and it did no harm.
     
  13. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    That's good to know in case you ever forget a disc in there. Some DVD players don't "grab" the disc and rely on gravity instead. Move it upside down and bam, now you gotta grab the screwdriver.
     
  14. spinnerlys Guest

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    I did not have to do that, it seems the holding mechanism of those drives does not disengage while a disk is inside the drive during sleep. I got stuck disk though, but that was due to the OS not letting go of it and normally a restart or Disk Utility would fix that.
     

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