MacBook/Leopard bootup slow w/ external drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jheathco, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. jheathco macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    I just recently upgraded to Leopard using Archive&Install. I'm noticing that the bootup time takes MUCH longer when I have my external 160GB WD Passport drive plugged in than without -- the blue screen that follows the gray apple screen stays on for quite awhile, followed by my menubar taking FOREVER to load.

    When I reboot without this drive connected, it still takes 40 seconds or so, but is much faster.

    I've not put anything on this drive yet (and I have reformatted it a few times). I've tried disabling spotlight to see if that may be the culprit.

    Any thoughts on why this is occurring and what to try?
  2. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    try system preferences>>startup disc

    is it set to your good disc or is it hunting for a bootable disc?
  3. jheathco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    It is set as my good, start disk. I also notice there are some kextcache processes running on startup.

    I notice most pronouncedly while the menu bar icons are loading... it feels like the Windows tray loading one by one, slowly.

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