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Default hard drive sound when you move the laptop - 02-22-2011, 09:12 PM

I installed a WD Blue Scorpio 320gb drive in my 1012, its very fast, I dont know if its any quieter than the stock drive since i bought the 1012 without a hdd.

Its supposed to be very low power consumption, so better battery life

however as I move the pc about I hear a louder wirring sound, do you guys get this?
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Cool 02-22-2011, 09:18 PM

I kinda tend to keep mine in one place while its running, but I dont think there is anything to worry about though....I see its a WD, you could always download WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Utility (free) and check it with that but as I said I think that its fine...

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BTW. WD's warranty I believe is 3yrs..just make sure that you register the serial number with them...


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Default 02-22-2011, 10:54 PM

Hey, thanks for the advice, i'll be sure to register it straight away, I would never have realized if you hadn't said.

Good to know the noise isnt anything to worry about.
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Default 02-25-2011, 01:42 AM

You don't want to move the Mini too much when it's on. It can eventually corrupt the drive's data contents.
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Default 02-27-2011, 03:24 AM

You don't want to drop your laptop, but it's pretty tolerant of normal handling when running. I don't know if there is a drop sensor in these machines or not though. Pretty commonplace these days.

Or just get an SSD and have 100% solid state. No moving parts whatsoever (and no fan which is remarkable).


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Default 02-27-2011, 03:29 AM

FYI: the Western Digital Scorpio Blue drives have something called ShockGuard Technology which is supposed to protect from that, but there is no way I am dropping my Mini to see/prove that it does work or not (lol)


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Default 02-27-2011, 03:38 AM

Right. I'd only want to find out for certain after a real accident. d'oh! I'm not condoning to throw around your laptop, but just noting that these drives are pretty robust for normal handling, maneuvering, and use of the laptop while it's running. Biggest issue really is a quick jerking up/down action that might force the heads to touch the disks.


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