External Drive Takes a few Seconds to Load Projects... Normal?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by elgrayso, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. elgrayso macrumors member

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    I upgraded to a Mac Pro, but had to move my projects and music to an external. I got the OWC 2TB drive because it was supposed to be fast and dependable.
    I have had it for a month or so, but lately I've noticed that it takes a bit (5-12 seconds) to spin up when I try and open a project in it. It's like the harddrive is "sleeping", but I have my settings unchecked on "put harddrives to sleep when possible." I am just making sure that this is a normal thing that external hard drives do.
    I haven't noticed this issue with my seagate externals, but I only use those for media such as movies. The movies open instantly with no problem though, so I don't know why the OWC has to "spin up" like it is unprepared.

    Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. chogue23 macrumors member

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    Waco, TX, USA
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    The option to keep hard drives from sleeping does not work with external drives, because they are designed to power down to save energy. You can fix that problem with a free app from MacUpdate called Keep Drive Spinning. What this does is will access the drives every so often to keep them from going to sleep.

    https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/31158/keep-drive-spinning
     

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