Spinning beachball (and pointer) every time I do something in Finder

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  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    I have a Mac Mini (latest model, only a few months old).

    I use it as a Media Centre. It has a few external USB drives connected with all my media.

    Every time I try to do something in Finder, every time I double click a folder/drive, I get a spinning beach ball with the mouse pointer still showing (pointing to the middle of the beach ball). It only lasts a few seconds, then everything seems normal.

    It seems to happen no matter which drive the said file/folder is on (including the internal HDD).

    I've got a SMART utility running (with driver installed so it can see external USB drives) and they all report clean health.

    Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

    bobr1952

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    Not sure if this will help in your case but anytime I have finder beach balls, I use Activity Monitor to force quit finder--when it restarts itself, all is fine (in my case anyway). This happens to me occasionally after several weeks of running my MacBook without a restart.
     
  3. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    Thanks, will try it, not sure it'll help cos my Mac Mini gets restarted fairly regularly anyway
     
  4. !!! macrumors 6502

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    You may need to delete all of the cache, then reinstall.
     
  5. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    Thanks, how do I do that?
     
  6. fisherking macrumors 603

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    before you get into deleting cached files, or reinstalling the OS:

    try running the mini with NO usb drives running. see how that goes.
    if it's good, try adding the usb drives in, one at a time. see if anything changes...

    perhaps the drives (or one of them), has spun down, and is now spinning up...
    then letting you access files.

    just a thought... :cool:
     
  7. terryblyth macrumors regular

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    When I had this problem on my iMac, it was a faulty hard drive (not that any of the internal tests picked it up). I would make sure you've got backups of everything, just in case.
     

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