Startup from sleep-slow w/ext drive connected

Discussion in 'iMac' started by HvyMtlPlyr, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. HvyMtlPlyr macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hello Everyone:

    Not that this is a big deal, but I noticed that when I wake up my iMac (i5) from sleep, if my external drives are not mounted it comes up instantly and ready to go. If my drives are mounted, when I wake my iMac the display comes up, but I get the beach ball for maybe 4-5 seconds before I can do anything. While the beach ball is showing I'm assuming it's reading/loading(?) the external drives. One drive is 1.5TB configured for Time Machine, the other is a 500GB of music.

    Again, it's not the end of the world but I would have assumed that being a 64-bit machine it could do both at the same time.


  2. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    try waking the computer with your ear next to the external drive. Is it spinning up during this time?
  3. HvyMtlPlyr thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    The external drive is definitely spinning up. I just don't know why the iMac has to wait for it as the internal drive (that's running the OS) comes up right away. I can understand if I access that drive and it needs to spin up before it can read it, but again, why does my entire system have to wait for those after sleeping?


  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    hmm sounds odd , ok i only have a old core duo iMac , but attached to it are 2 externals each with 1 tb (firewire) , one with a partition for time machine the rests is music and some other personal files , the other external is movies , and it wakes up instantly without any spinning beachball :confused:
    ok i suspect usb drives in your case so it takes a bit to access them , but should not beachballing

    so is would say repair permissions and then repair discs with the install disc
  5. Corruptitudes macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    I would say this is standard operating procedure. I have 8 external hard drives, that I have loaded up when my Imac boots. It wont do anything until it mounts these disks. This imac is a 2010 2.8ghz I5 quad core.

    It did it on the Core 2 Duo Imac I had previously. It also happens on my early 2009 mini....

    If you get a fix, let me know, but I think its normal...
  6. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    yeah i get this too with my external, which is a real pain since it takes ~20secs to pick up speed to a point where it can read.
  7. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I have one external drive always mounted on my 2009 Imac i5 (for Time Machine). On wake up, I have no beach ball, it takes 1-2 seconds before it reacts however. No big deal.

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