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it's a WDC160GB (included with the machine) and even if i'm just reading a webpage and not actually opening anything or doing anything 'computer intense', sometimes i can hear the hard drive moving and making noises similar to that of when i'm opening or close or whatever-ing on my computer (read/write noise, really). is this normal? to get bursts of hard drive activity 'noise' even when you arent doing anything particularly active? thanks.
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That would be the automated system cleanup/maintenance that works in the background, don't worry its normal.

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Ah okay, thank you.
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can anyone else verify this?
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Relax your iMac is fine. Sometimes mine does that too.

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Nah I'm just checking. And I don't think it's being overly paranoid (perhaps a bit though) to be curious about a 1299+ investment
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I know it's a lot of money, but if you get a PC for that price, you will punch yourself for it in a year. I had an HP laptop that was $1500 and needed servicing within a year, and I had a Dell XPS I hated so much I returned it after about two to three weeks of use.

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hah, same boat. I got a 1500 dollar laptop for 932 (Dell inspiron 9300, with major discount) for x-mas. I sold it in january and waited for the longest time deciding between imac or the macbook to come out.
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Yeah I was kinda paranoid about the srface of my imac becoming filthy and my keyboard going gray from white, but it's the initial "it shouldn't spoil" feeling.

My iMac does that too, it's the maintnenace scripts running, it does this because it partially optimizes the drives, and thus OSX doesn't need defrag. So enjoy the sound everytime you hear it...

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Cool cool, others?
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lol its true.. just optimizing the disk.

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took it to the store because I was concerned, and after the guy ran diagnostics, he said that the hard drive was in fact 'screwy'. It'll be around 3-5 days before I get it back, but better fixed than not.
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the new hard drive is in and it sounds so much quieter, the other one was definitely defective.

only 3 day turnaround time from when i dropped it off at the apple store, that's quite good and re-assuring to know that my applecare plan might actually come in handy if i need repairs again once it's out of the standard warranty.
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Hmm well we might have misjudged. IT's hard to judge a sound if you can't hear it, though. So sorry for it, good job by taking it to Apple.

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That's fine, i'm sure there is the most infinitesemal sound coming from the hard drive every once in a while (that every one keeps confirming), but i haven't even heard it with this new western digital drive.

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