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why would an external HD read even when i'm not doing anything?
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Mar 31, 2009, 01:48 AM
 
hey guys

i'm stumped

have an external HD (FW800), and I have an encrypted disk image on it which takes up the entire space (I mount the image to store/access date).

ever since this morning, the HD has been reading/writing continuously, no matter what I do. I'm not doing anything to it, but I can heard the HD working away.

It's not spotlight (disabled on that volume). Running latest version of OS X, and the drive is a WD external

Any help appreciated!!!

-- james
     
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Mar 31, 2009, 05:31 AM
 
Look in Console>All Messages (in /Applications/Utilities) and see if there is anything that will help you identify what's causing it.
     
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Mar 31, 2009, 01:02 PM
 
If you are running Time Machine, it could be backing it up. You may have to put it on the list of disks/files not to back up.
     
   
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