Of all the things the slot load drive in the Dell XPS M1330 is (thin, sleek, cool, etc), it is not quiet. Specifically, I’m talking about the insert and eject mechanism, which makes quite the rattle. Since I plan on using the laptop in quiet environments, such as a lecture hall, I can’t have a lot of noise coming from the laptop. At every boot, or resume from suspend, the drive will attempt to suck in a disc and initialize it, creating the racket. I always turn off sound just so I can avoid the Windows startup music, but if the drive is this loud, it sort of defeats the purpose.
But I’ve solved the problem! Just put a dummy disc (I used a blank DVD) in the drive.
Yep, that’s it. Because the noise is due to the insert/eject mechanism and not actually the spin-up of the drive, if it already has a disc before the boot-up process, it won’t try to suck one in. So, the noises you’re hearing when booting the computer will be gone.
Of course, this doesn’t solve the problem when you actually want to insert or eject a disc, but you’re probably in a more forgiving environment when you’re inserting/ejecting discs.