External HD spinning up for no reason

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by okrelayer, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

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    Hello. i have an external hd connected to my MacBook Pro. And every so often it turns on for no reason. I will start searching spotlight, and it starts spinning. I have even excluded the HD from spotlight, and it still does it. I could even open iPhoto or iMovie and it just starts spinning. Not all the time, of course.

    I use the external mostly for my iTunes music if that helps. Is there anyway to turn off the external until i actually read data from it?
     
  2. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    It just spontaneously turns on? Or is it already on and mounted on your Mac, just not being used? If mine is on and mounted it'll start spinning when I open up certain apps.
     
  3. okrelayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what it is. It's mounted and spins when opening certain apps. I guess it's fine. Glad to see it's normal
     
  4. Galley macrumors 65816

    Galley

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    Mine often wakes up when I open Safari. The only thing it is used for is my iTunes media files. :confused:
     

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