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    About Laptop HDs

    I now am the happy owner of a MacBook Pro - but this question covers hard drives in any brand of laptop. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Can a laptop be moved about while it is booted without damaging the HD? Or should caution still be used because of the possible damage that may be inflicted on a running HD?

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    Moving from one room to another would be OK as long as you are careful. Move across town would not be so good while it is on. YOU can buy notebooks with HDs that have extra 'suspension' to be able to survive rougher treatment.

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    Hi Joe,

    While using my laptop, so far I have followed the rule about not moving a computer that is running due to the possibility of HD damage. So I think I'll continue to avoid moving it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Another question <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> - When the laptop is in standby <lid closed> does the HD stop completely?

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    in the Windows world it depends on your power settings. Not sure about a Mac.

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    > When the laptop is in standby <lid closed> does the HD stop completely?

    You can probably determine this aurally by putting your ear next to the hard drive, and wakening the laptop. A grinding and wheezing noise of increasing frequency would mean that the drive is spinning up from stationary...
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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    It is the ... grinding and wheezing noise... that I would like to avoid happening to the HD! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    Skitter,

    I work for an organisation that designs, manufacturers and sells laptops.

    We strongly recommend that people DO NOT carry the laptop around with the hard disks spinning. It is OK to move the laptop short distances, gently, but to maximise the life of your laptop you should always suspend or hibernate, to ensure that the hard disks are parked, before carrying the laptop around.

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    I am glad for the information, Stuart! That was my initial feeling about how to handle my laptop because I was concerned with any shifting about of the unit causing injury to a HD. I've seen people get up from a sitting position and move their laptops here and there and I wondered what damage they may be inflicting. Now I know! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thank you very much! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    The advice you got is good advice and follow it. Having said that , if you were to go into almost any high tech office environment you would find people walking the halls and discussing the info showing on their open and operating laptops. As you might expect it is not the motion that is the problem, but the change in motion, the sudden starts and stops like dropping it on the table or bumping into the doorway. Many of these laptops have dings and scratches as testimony to their treatment and yet still work. I just bring this up to point out that you do not have to treat your laptop as if it were made of glass. Well ............., actually it does have a significant amount of glass in its display, but you get the idea. They are designed to take a bit of abuse and I am guilty of moving my laptop from room to room and up and down stairs with everything running. The absolutely safest procedure, however, is to have the HD heads parked when moving the computer.

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    Re: About Laptop HDs

    ...have the HD heads parked...

    You know how sometimes words escape from the memory bank? Well, when I made my initial post, I kept trying to think of the term I wanted to use to describe un-moving HD platters...but couldn't. Then finally, when Stuart answered, he used the word "parked" and I see that you have to.Thanks to both of you for "refreshing" my memory and providing replies to my questions! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> I'll practice caution while handling my laptop! It took too long to afford to purchase the thing, a refurbished one at that, I don't want to destroy it too quickly!


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