timemachine slows down response time

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MrFusion, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. MrFusion macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    I have an external usb drive with time machine and only time machine on it.

    Why the hell does my iMac freeze for a few seconds, waiting for my time machine drive to start up, every time I want to save or open a file on my iMac?

    It is annoying and a waste of time.
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    The combination of thread title and username amuses me highly :D

    Try resetting the PRAM, which contains data on how I/O requests are handled by the system. OSX Tiger or above (Leopard & SL) shouldn't pause like this when a drive is accessed.
  3. MrFusion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    Glad to be of service. :)

    Thanks, I will try that.
  4. Poob Bubes macrumors 6502a

    Poob Bubes

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have two external FW 800 drives and my iMac also pauses to spin up the discs when I try to save or open items. One drive is used for Time Machine and the other for storage. It does get annoying.
  5. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Check the option in energy saver to prevent the drives from spinning down. That should fix the issue.
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    That doesn't always help with external drives; they often spin down on their own to save energy. It drives me batty.

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