Dell Mini 10v Mac OS X Discussion Discussion dedicated to installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini 1011
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Join Date: Mar 2009
02-22-2010, 03:45 PM
Mini 10V, WD 500MG, 2GB Ram . . . no problems at all.
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Join Date: Jan 2010
02-26-2010, 02:19 AM
We seem to be talking about a couple of issues here.
1. The clicking noise (which I don't have),
2 The cause of the clicking ie.the head parking issue(which I do seem to have).
"Energy-efficient hard drives that are optimized for Windows can cause incessant clicking as annoying as a water drip when used with Unix-based systems like Mac OS X or Linux on a computer that's idling. That's because this kind of drive will park its head after only seconds of inactivity -- and then the computer immediately calls it back into action. Even when this isn't loud enough to annoy the user, it causes excessive wear and premature aging of the drive."
From this blog: My Mac Fixes: "How Do I Stop the Clicking Noise from the Hard Drive of My MacBook or Mac Mini?"
I'm assuming that the mini 10v ships with its' hdd optimized for Windows, so this could be a problem for all, regardless of the noise being heard or not.
I'm not overly concerned about this as I don't expect a hdd to last forever and with the costs coming down, replacing a drive(hopefully to one without the head parking issue) is not that scary a prospect.
There is a unix command line fix in the blog linked above but I have been unable to make it work. I'd be interested in feedback from anyone who succeeded with this. Comments on the blog suggest that it doesn't work for many.
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