Disable automount for a specific external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Shrewdude, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Shrewdude macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    I have an external drive that is permanently hooked-up to my iMac via Firewire. I use this drive only to perform a bootable disk image of my hard drive at regular intervals using the CCC scheduler. The backups are performed only once a week.

    I would like that this backup drive not be mounted when I or anyone else logs in to the computer. It annoys me to hear the drive turning and vibrating until it spins down and seeing it's icon on the desktop. Is there any way to prevent automount of this particular drive? I know I can dismount it manually using Diskutil, but I want everything to be automated.

    Any clue as to whether CCC will mount it when needed if it is unmounted?

    Thanks for you help and insight!
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I don't think so. There might be a third-party utility that I don't know about, but Mac OS X can't do it itself. I just turn my backup drive off when I'm not using it.

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