External HDD problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Labhras, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Labhras macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    recently I've noticed that when connecting my external HDD (not my backup one) to my mac, it is very slow to eject and when I try to see subfolders of a folder it can get a few minutes to show them (true is that they're a lot of files, but I never had this problem before).

    I had the "disk disconnected without ejecting first" warning a couple of times when I had left the disk connected for a long time without using it (I have the option to put disk to sleep after a set amount of time in preferences).
    I might be wrong, but I think this slow reaction started to happen after the 10.9.5 update, but I'm not completely sure.

    Just out of curiosity I ran DU on it and it says that the disk needs to be repaired.
    Is it a disk problem or a mac one? If I repair it what will happen to the files on it?
    It's a NTFS formatted drive.
     
  2. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Hard to say, but if the disk has aggressive power management, this may be by design. I notice that my small external notebook drive often spins itself down (essentially turns itself off) if I haven't used it for a few minutes, and then when I try to do anything with it, it takes several seconds to spin back up.
     
  3. Labhras thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thing is, it's a very recent problem. I used to be able to connect the drive, and instantly have it working, or having it ejected in very few seconds.
    Now I have to wait longer times for everything.
     

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