Is it normal for the disc drive to be noisy occasionally?

I just replaced my disc drive with one purchased here at iFixit and it is occasionally quite noisy. As a test of the device I have been importing a couple of hundred music discs into my library while I'm working. Sometimes the drive makes a lot of noise as the disc spools up. Other times it's quiet as a mouse. Is this normal?

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I've never run a couple of hundred disk through at one time but my bet is that the store bought disks are quit and the burned disks are noisy.

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Thanks mayer. To clarify though, all of these discs are store bought.

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It can take longer to load unclean disks. You know ones with explicit words ;-). Also some disks just don't read as well as others.

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I have ripped hundreds of discs in the past -- all store-bought (or virtual store) -- and I have experienced the same occasional noisiness. I've no idea if this is due to small variance in the spindle holes for some CDs, or if the seating is just off a little bit, but I would not be concerned unless there was a consistent pattern of loud noises from every or most disks.

One question: If you reintroduce the same CD or DVD that was noisy before, is it noisy again? That is, is the noise consistent for a given disk? Or is more random?

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steve, this question is 4 years old:-) rashford's last activity was May 10 2010 Nice answer but I would think that it has been resolved:-))

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Oops! It came up towards the top as I was browsing, and I thought the Answer was ... incomplete. I'll pay more attention to timestamps and try to focus more on timeliness. Thanks for your feedback.

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I hear you:-) happens to all of us. Keep on giving those good answers. Welcome to ifixit.

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