How do i prevent OSX from accessing my external constantly

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

  1. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    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


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    i added my external to the privacy list in spotlight under system prefs.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    How about turning it off or disconnecting it until you want to use it?

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