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MyBook Mirror Edition 2 Tb won't stop searching

by Bimmicus / March 25, 2010 5:38 AM PDT

I've only had this drive for a few weeks, but I've noticed a tendency for the thing to always be running even when there's nothing for it to do. The head will click and gronk around continuously, the status light cycling over and over again. This generates a fair amount of heat in the drive after a while, and I imagine it'll wear down a lot faster if this keeps up.

I've tried several different approaches to solve this, including many wipes and reloads. At its worst, the drive would grind away even if the computer was asleep or the drive disconnected from the computer. A few times this happened immediately following a reformat on a supposedly "erased" (but not zeroed) disk. Nothing seemed to solve it.

Western Digital recommended that I try plugging it into a different outlet, which I did. This has calmed it down somewhat, but the problem mostly persists, and I continue to get frequent "drive in use" errors when I attempt to eject the disk, even though ? as far as I can tell ?

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Dragthing may be the culprit here
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 25, 2010 9:52 AM PDT

If it gets riled up again, quit that app and see if it calms down again.

Check that you have the latest version of that app.


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Still behaving randomly
by Bimmicus / March 25, 2010 1:16 PM PDT

Not responding to DragThing this time, and yet another "disk could not be ejected because it is in use" warning. Something keeps accessing this drive, but what?

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Could be spotlight
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 25, 2010 9:57 PM PDT

In Spotlight preferences, mark that external as off limits to the indexing by Spotlight.

See what happens then


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Spotlight does not seem to be indexing when it happens...
by Bimmicus / March 26, 2010 3:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Could be spotlight

... but I'll try blocking the drive anyway. Thanks for the tip.

Heat seems to be a factor here. I let the drive sit unpowered all night, turned it back on this morning, and so far all is quiet.

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It may be worth
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 26, 2010 9:38 AM PDT

attacking the manufacturer again, after following their instructions.


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That's probably what's going to happen...
by Bimmicus / March 26, 2010 11:09 AM PDT
In reply to: It may be worth

... I just hate to admit defeat in the face of malfunctioning gizmos until I've exhausted every possibility.

Today it behaved perfectly, though I didn't use it much. Spotlight indexing's still on for the drive. I suspect it's haunted.

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