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tragek

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How loud should a laptop's hard drive be? I just wonder; I recall (perhaps falsely) that when I first got my laptop (a first gen Macbook), I had to struggle to hear the hard drive. Now, that drive went bad, which I noticed it vibrated excessively, and I had to have it replaced under Apple Care. Now that I have it back, with the new hard drive, I can still hear it all the time, but I don't know if it's just that my ears have become accustomed to it or what.

The drive is a 60 GB Toshiba MK6034GSX, 5400rpm.
 
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The hard drive has been almost or totally silent in all 4 most recent laptops I have owned.
 

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I can't hear the hard disk in either of the laptops here. I also can't hear the 2.5" drive spinning in any of the three USB 2.5" hard disk enclosures I have.
 

tragek

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Well, we'll have to see. It goes back sometime next week to have its bottom case replaced, (apparently in order to replace the sleep indicator light, it needs to have its entire bottom case replaced. Whodathunk) and I'll see what they think when I take it in.

I suppose the other question is how quite/silent is silent. I mean, i can't hear the drive from about four feet away in a quiet room. But I can hear it sitting on a desk when I'm typing on it.
 

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Well, it's possible to make "some" noise. Mine are quiet enough that I don't hear them sitting on the floor next to my foot when I'm using them on this system. I can hear them if I'm real close and listen for them. Also, if the room is truly silent, that may make the drive noise stand out.
 
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