How To Troubleshoot Hard Drive Lag



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This is a notorious problem that Maxtor/Seagate external HD owners are complaining about on countless forums. The Windows version of the Maxtor drive utility software does have the ability to change the default spin-down time from the godawful 60-second default, but not the Mac version.
However, I emailed Maxtor/Seagate tech support, and they quickly sent me a pkg that made the change for me. I wasn't able to select the sleep period; it just changed the drive to 'never sleep', but I think that's significantly better that experiencing a 15-second beachball every few minutes!

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