Why is my external drive always spinning up?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by decksnap, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    It seems that doing the most random things on my computer will cause my external drive to spin up. It's usually plugged in a recognized, just idle. Then I'll go and open a file / program or something off of my internal drive and it will stall my system while it waits for the external drive to spin up. Anybody have any ideas?

    Edit> Lacie FW drive external, OSX 10.4.3
  2. mfacey macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2004
    Mine used to act similarly. I found that by disabling the Spotlight searching and indexing on the external drive keeps it quiet until I actually open it in Finder. I only use it for backups so I don't need Spotlight functionality on it.
  3. decksnap thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Makes sense, yeah, but why does spotlight need to access my external drive every time I open something locally? I would like to keep spotlight functionality if possibly.

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