How do i prevent OSX from accessing my external constantly

Discussion in 'macOS' started by morrisman1, May 1, 2009.

  1. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    #1
    OSX has a rather annoying feature, on many commands it will spin up my external harddrive out of its sleep mode. I have to wait for the harddrive to get up to speed and during that wait i get the spinning beach ball.

    Its really annoying because it will do that on things totally unrelated to the external like bookmarking a webpage, going into a new tab in safari, switching between programs.

    What i would like to to make it so that the external harddrive is only spun up when its actually being used! I dont want to have it going all the time because i value the quietness of my mac, at the moment its pretty much silent apart from when the external harddrive is going or the fans are going flatout.

    EDIT: OSX 10.5.6, late 2008 macbook 2.0ghz. Western digital 1TB external hard drive on USB
     
  2. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

    mlemonds

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    #2
    i added my external to the privacy list in spotlight under system prefs.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    How about turning it off or disconnecting it until you want to use it?
     

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