Apple to Fix MacBook Pro Drive Flaw. With Software?

By  |  Monday, August 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Apple said today that an upcoming software update will correct a problem that Apple MacBook Pro notebooks owners are experiencing with malfunctioning hard drives. I’m not entirely convinced that would fix the problem, and would like Apple to shine some light on the issue.

MacBooks equipped with 7200rpm 500GB hard drives have experienced clicking sounds that are frequently followed by stalling, and customers have been complaining about the issue for months. Apple is working on a software update in response to the complaints, but has not said when the patch will be delivered.

There could very well be a low-level problem that Apple could remedy with a patch. Its systems are very well designed, and usually have high quality drivers and firmware. It’s just hard for me to fathom that the problem is just a software issue.

Call me a cynic, but when hard drives click, it oftentimes means that the drive has bad sectors and is failing. Apple could very well be dealing with a bad batch of hard drives, and all a software update would do is to glaze over the underlying problem to make the delays less noticeable.

If Apple reduces the number of customer returns by even 10 percent, it will save itself a lot of money. I hope that it is not simply putting off dealing with the full scope of the problem. I would like to hear from customers after they install the patch.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve Says:

    “It’s just hard for me to fathom that the problem is just a software issue.”
    David… Why don’t you contact some hard drive manufactures and have them explain to you how the firmware controls the hardware? Why not do a bit a journalistic digging?
    Seems to me you’re ‘glazing over the underlying problem”‘. This is not journalism it pontification.

  2. David Worthington Says:

    @steve I allowed for that possibility. what is your point?

  3. Steven Fisher Says:

    This article is the public equivalent of wearing a tin foil hat while using the microwave to reheat beans.