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Member Since: Dec 15, 2013
Location: Montreal, QC
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Hi, my first post on this forum. I've been searching the forum and this thread for some idea of what might be causing a problem I'm having with my external backup drive. Although it's now too small, the external drive I have at the moment works fine with one exception: if I leave it on for Time Machine to do automatic backups eventually it will start causing programs to hang. After a while, the whole system will freeze and I have to shut down the computer with the power button.

At the first sign of trouble, Finder shows me Time Machine Backups running (those little arrows chasing each other in a circle) but in reality, the backup drive is not running. It's like it's asleep. I'm thinking the external backup drive might have a power saving mode that causes it to shut down and it won't restart when Time Machine starts a backup.

Does anyone have any idea what might be causing these hang ups? When I get a bigger drive, should I be looking for a particular specification?
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