Why is my external drive always spinning up?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by decksnap, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. decksnap macrumors 68040

    decksnap

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    #1
    It seems that doing the most random things on my computer will cause my external drive to spin up. It's usually plugged in a recognized, just idle. Then I'll go and open a file / program or something off of my internal drive and it will stall my system while it waits for the external drive to spin up. Anybody have any ideas?

    Edit> Lacie FW drive external, OSX 10.4.3
     
  2. mfacey macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    #2
    Mine used to act similarly. I found that by disabling the Spotlight searching and indexing on the external drive keeps it quiet until I actually open it in Finder. I only use it for backups so I don't need Spotlight functionality on it.
     
  3. decksnap thread starter macrumors 68040

    decksnap

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    #3
    Makes sense, yeah, but why does spotlight need to access my external drive every time I open something locally? I would like to keep spotlight functionality if possibly.
     

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