External Hard drive delay on OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mark J., Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Mark J. macrumors newbie

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    Hi.

    I've had a Western Digital hard drive for about 2 years now. For the last 6 months or so I've experienced delays in iTunes. Sometimes, when it switches to a new track, there's a delay for about 20 seconds. iTunes freezes until the hard drive responds (I guess). Also, if if I try to edit the tags of longs-lasting tracks or mixes it takes even longer for it to respond.
    I have no idea why this is happening. It never did like this before.

    Can someone help please?

    Regards, Mark.
     
  2. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, do you think maybe the hard drive is failing?
     
  3. Mark J. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I'm afraid so. But I wanted to make sure if something else could be causing the problem before I buy another one :)
     
  4. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    I was experiencing the same thing when i updated to iTunes 9, but it seems to have disappeared since updating to 9.0.2 maybe that could be your problem?
     
  5. Mark J. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, and thanks for your response.

    I thought that an iTunes update might have been the problem but I've 9.02 installed as well :/
     
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Might disk sleep have been enabled? What you described sounds normal if iTunes has to wait for a sleeping drive to spin back up.
     
  7. Mark J. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    A friend of mine suggested that this might be the problem actually.. but how do I disable disk sleep? If it's on I've enabled it by accident.

    Thanks :)
     

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