Will I damage my MBP if I use it on the bus or in the train?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hajime, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I have a MBP 17" 2010 model. These days, I travel often between cities. I wonder if I will damage the hard drive by using the MBP on the bus or in the train or plane. I read that there is a motion sensor for the hard drive but a genius at the Apple Store said that it is not good for the hard drive due to vibrations. (At first he said that it would be ok if I put it on my lap. Then, he changed his advice.) I suppose it may be bad for the laptop if I use it under Windows Vista (did Apple include motion sensor control program in Bootcamp?) or switch on/off the computer when the transportation vibrates a lot. Any thought? Thanks.
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Surprisingly enough, I found that the bus gave me and my mbp a smoother ride than the train. There were some pretty wicked jostling on the train esp when moving at high speeds. I wouldn't recommend it unless you outfitted it with an SSD.
  3. grahamcracker macrumors newbie


    Jun 10, 2010
    As long as you don't bash the computer around on stuff you'll be fine.
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks. So, that is another good reason to replace the internal HD with the SSD.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You'll be fine. Despite popular belief, an apple notebook is meant to be portable. :) It can withstand the slight movement caused by a bus and/or train. An ssd wouldn't hurt at all.
  6. winterlocked macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Will I damage my soap if I use it to clean myself in the shower?
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    You can use it on a train
    Or even flying, in a plane
    You can use it in the loo
    When you have to take a poo
    You can use it on a bus
    Why the **** you asking us?
  8. Ann P, Dec 19, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010

    Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    I love rude, inconsiderate posts. :rolleyes:
  9. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    It puts a spinning magnetic hard drive more at risk of problems, but the level of the risk is probably not as much as a lot of people make it out to be. Provided you arent on one of those buses that are bawling over LA potholes at full speed, you will be okay.
  10. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    You`ll be fine. Just use and enjoy, try not to "baby" your machine too much. Take care of it by all means but they are designed to be used. :)
  11. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Just don't drop it during the ride. If you hear your hdd start to sound like it's scratching then the ride may be too bumpy :p, but other than that, it should be good to go!
  12. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Mine works great, but I got an SSD just in case.
  13. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    Most laptop hard drives are rated for physical shocks of 300G or more while operating. To put that into perspective, dropping an MBP 3 feet onto a concrete might subject the drive to as much as 100G. Any physical shocks, or vibrations sufficient to damage a laptop drive would most likely be fatal to the user.
  14. molala macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    I've used my MB (non-SSD) on trains and planes, no problems there. I can imagine if the transport were too bumpy for a hard drive, then I wouldn't be comfortable staring at a laptop screen anyway. I can't read in a car or a bus (I know some can) without getting nauseous, so I wouldn't use my laptop on those conditions.
  15. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    It's a mobile computer, of course it won't get damaged if you use it on the bus or train.

    That's a rather rude avatar? ;)
  16. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks for sharing the experience. Anybody knows the following:

    1. Is the motion sensor functioning (automatically) under Windows Vista 64-bit?
    Sometimes I have to use Windows in transportations.

    2. Is the sensor actually activated when the MBP is switched on?
    I suppose it may be risky to turn on/off the laptop in bumpy ride.

    In a bumpy ride, I heard the hdd started to sound like it was scratching. I immediately turned off the computer.
  17. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    despite being rude he has a very good point.


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