External drive causing lag

By LukeDJ
Apr 2, 2013
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  1. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,270   +280

    Hmm; makes no sense imo. How is your system configured for AUTOPLAY?
    I am conjecturing that if autoplay for CDs is enabled and the external hd has audio content - - > VIA HD audio is scanning for your music.
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Well I dont have MSE in front of me (on a mac), but there is an option somewhere in settings that may be checked. It has something to do with scanning a external drive. If I am not mistaken, it is in the first tab of settings.
  3. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 414   +112

    I had my auto-play set to do a couple of things, but nothing to do with an external HD. Still, I reset everything to default, and this changed nothing. I even disabled autoplay altogether , and still no change :(

    Yeah, there is an option to scan external HD's, but only for when you do a scan manually, and it doesn't scan when the drive is plugged in (I had this disabled anyway).
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Yeah it is disabled by default.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,270   +280

    "Yeah it is disabled by default"
    However, the first time a USB device is inserted, the user is prompted for a choice of a default action to perform and to remember it. Just how many of us scroll to the bottom and use Do Nothing?
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    I use Do nothing a bunch. I barely use USBs anymore with the availability of DropBox, Drive, and Skydrive. But I cant chose "Do Nothing" when I plug in my iPhone. I forgot if I can X out, but I am pretty positive I had to chose an option.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,270   +280

    For Win/7 users, CP->AutoPlay has the control list that is easy to access.

    Remember, Autoplay is not the same as Autorun :)
    JC713 likes this.
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Right, thanks for that info man! :D
  9. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 414   +112

    As I said before, autoplay isn't doing anything, so it isn't that.
  10. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 960   +145

    LukeDJ, have you configured any music/video manager?
    my free winamp version has this feature which autodetects music/video files from usb external devices.
    this option can be turned off and winamp prompts whether to add the usb device as a music/video source or not.

    from the processes of your task manager, I narrow it to these possibilities:
    1. iTunes helper and ipodservice.exe
    (your iTunes may be configured to scan external usb device as music/video source)
    2. wmpnetwk.exe
    (windows media player network sharing service)

    do you stream media? :)
  11. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 414   +112

    I can't seem to find that option in either iTunes or Windows Media Player. I don't believe that this is the problem though, as neither of those programs show an increase in CPU or Memory usage when I plug the drive in. The only thing that seems to be spiking is Via HD audio, which has basically 0 features, so I'm not sure what it is doing. :confused:

    And no, I don't stream media.
     


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