timemachine slows down response time

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

  1. MrFusion macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    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.
    /rant
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    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

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    Glad to be of service. :)

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

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    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

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

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    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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