external HD and cpu activity

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ppnkg, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. ppnkg macrumors 6502a

    ppnkg

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    #1
    I just got an external HD (160GB USB Freecom) and I noticed that when it's connected to my mac, there's a great deal of system activity (which is annoying because the fans go crazy). Activity monitor shows a lot of blue lines (niced tasks) which go down (and everything becomes normal and quiet again) when I disconnect the HD.

    Anybody else has this problem? Any solutions? The thing is, the HD should be connected because I want to use it for automatic backups. If I connect and disconnect every time, it would defeat the purpose of automatic backups...

    EDIT: I decided not to be too lazy and wait for an answer here, so after investigating a little, it seems it's spotlight indexing the backup volume.
     
  2. iVersa macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Did you find a solution? Can you set spotlight not to index it?
     
  3. BilltheCat macrumors regular

    BilltheCat

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    #3
    I am about to add an external drive. How to get the spotlight to stop indexing it, and Do-I-Want -to-even-do-that?
     
  4. Billicus macrumors 6502a

    Billicus

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    #4
    You can just add the HD to the Privacy Tab under Spotlight in System Preferences if you don't want it indexed.
     

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