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Leopard Upgrade - Noisy External Drive
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Nov 22, 2008, 09:54 PM
 
I've finally upgraded from Tiger to Leopard.

When I was running Tiger, my external drive would only make read/write noises when it was actually being used. It would goto sleep after a period of inactivity.

In Leopard however, even after disabling Time Machine, the drive it's constantly spinning and whirling and making noises. It doesn't sleep - which is really making me nervous, considering it's my backup drive.

Is there something going on in the background? Does Leopard treat external drives differently from Tiger?

Thoughts/Solutions/Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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Nov 22, 2008, 10:21 PM
 
Is it indexing the drive? (Check spotlight to find out.)
     
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Nov 22, 2008, 11:06 PM
 
That's what it was.

It was Indexing. Apparently it was indexing forever and wouldn't give an estimated time. It finally finished. I understand if the problem persists, installing the updates will resolve the indexing issue.

Sorry for the noob question and thanks for the quick response.
     
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Nov 22, 2008, 11:07 PM
 
A new Leopard installation will take a bit of time to index the drive. Glad it finally settled down.
     
   
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