See what's spinning my hard drives up?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Benjamindaines, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    Is there any way to see what app is making my external hard drives spin up? (they are FireWire)? I am not doing anything that would make them spin up but yet they at seemingly random times.
     
  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

    CubeHacker

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    It might be spotlight searching through the disks in the background.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Mac OS X Mail does this to my external drives every time I open the preferences dialog. No idea why. Several other apps I use do this - usually only when they load a directory listing.
     
  4. dukeman macrumors member

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    Probably caused by spotlight. Mail uses spotlight for its search function. Spotlight indexes all of your drives, (causes them to spin up). Drag the external hard drive to privacy section of the spotlight pref. Also do a Google search to turnoff indexing perm if you'd like.
     
  5. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    That's because of this:
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    It looks on your system for other apps that can be set as default.
     

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