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'update' process keeping hard drive from sleeping

Message #1 - Posted 2005/10/06 - Tom

I have noticed that the 'update' process is keeping my hard drive from sleeping. The process accesses the disk every 30 seconds or so, and when I leave the computer for a while I can still hear the drive spinning when I come back. If I quit update from the activity monitor the drive goes to sleep after about 5 minutes of inactivity. On another mac I have, update is running but it does not cause this problem. On this mac it does this even when no applications are running, so I put it down to update being at fault.

I have had a look what update does and found that it is "responsible for keeping disks synchronized with the file system cache, to keep data loss to a minimum in case of a crash."

I have not had any crashes, but at the moment it is is more likely to cause a crash by wearing out the drive prematurely.

Can I reinstall update to make it behave like the one on my other mac, or could I disable it altogether?


apax63 'at' dsl 'dot' pipex 'dot' com

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