What's up with my hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gangof4, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. gangof4 macrumors member

    gangof4

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    #1
    I backup my imac hourly via TM to a LaCie 1TB external hard drive. However, at different intervals between scheduled backups my drive clicks on and the blue light flickers as if the drive were reading or writing something. What's up with that?
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    #2
    If you used Time Machine it is set to write changes every two hours. You can see this and change the interval by using TimeMachineEditor. Plus consider getting the Dashboard app Time Machine Buddy.
     
  3. gangof4 thread starter macrumors member

    gangof4

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    Understand Satcomer, but why is my drive kicking in 20 minutes after the last backup and 40 minutes before the next?
     
  4. -tWv- macrumors 68000

    -tWv-

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    #4
    Maybe spotlight is indexing it? I have no idea
     

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