When I use an external drive via usb, my computer really slows down giving me no choice except reboot.
I watched memory usage with activity monitor. Free memory decreases by time and inactive memory increases with the same amount and others don't change much. If I continue using -esp. reading-, free memory comes below to 100MB and then increases a bit -I think it starts paging =other applications' memories= to system disk-, then continues to decrease. Closing the application -that use the external- do not relese memory from inactive to free but ejecting the external does. After unplugging and trying to use the other applications, I face very sluggish performance so that rebooting becomes a better-fast choice. Both NTFS and FAT partitions produce the same result and I don't have any other partition.
If I try to re-read the same file after the external drive stops spinning (sleeps), it does not start spinning but trying to read another file makes it start spining. This makes me think about some -overdone- caching problem, but don't know what causes it and how to turn it off (Tuxero's caching is already disabled in the preferences, although I think it is only for writing only).
I made some research and found nothing specific; they tell to reinstall the os or format the drive -to HFS+ -. What is causing this?
Note: All of my drives are in Spotlight's exclusion (privacy) list and using another usb slot did not change a thing.
My EtreCheck is:
EtreCheck version: 1.9.11 (43) - report generated June 15, 2014 Hardware Information: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro5,5 1 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores 4 GB RAM Video Information: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M - VRAM: 256 MB System Software: OS X 10.8.3 (12D78) - Uptime: 0 days 1:4:54 Disk Information: Hitachi HTS5450 disk0 : (160.04 GB) disk0s1 (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 94.62 GB (48.81 GB free) Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB BOOTCAMP (disk0s4) /Volumes/BOOTCAMP: 64.57 GB (44.49 GB free) HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS23N USB Information: Apple Inc. Built-in iSight JMicron Storage 500.11 GB BKPFAT (disk1s1) /Volumes/BKPFAT: 443.2 GB (25.08 GB free) BKPNTFS (disk1s2) <not mounted>: 56.9 GB Apple Internal Memory Card Reader Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller Configuration files: /etc/hosts - Count: 1 Gatekeeper: Anywhere Startup Items: TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper: Path: /Library/StartupItems/TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper Launch Daemons: [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist Support [loaded] com.barebones.authd.plist Support [loaded] com.barebones.textwrangler.plist Support [loaded] com.google.keystone.daemon.plist Support [loaded] com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist Support [not loaded] de.jinx.SmartSleepDaemon.plist Support [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.privileged_startx.plist Support Launch Agents: [loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist Support [loaded] com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist Support [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.startx.plist Support User Login Items: GrowlHelperApp Google Drive witchdaemon BetterTouchTool Internet Plug-ins: JavaAppletPlugin: Version: Java 8 Update 05 Check version FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: 18.104.22.168 - SDK 10.6 Support QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.1 Flash Player: Version: 22.214.171.124 - SDK 10.6 Outdated! Update o1dbrowserplugin: Version: 126.96.36.19903 Support googletalkbrowserplugin: Version: 188.8.131.5203 Support Silverlight: Version: 5.1.30317.0 - SDK 10.6 Support Unity Web Player: Version: UnityPlayer version 4.1.5f1 Support iPhotoPhotocast: Version: 7.0 Safari Extensions: Bing Highlights: Version: 1.0.20 ClickToFlash: Version: 2.5.1 Audio Plug-ins: AirPlay: Version: 1.7 - SDK 10.8 iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.1 - SDK 10.8 iTunes Plug-ins: Quartz Composer Visualizer: Version: 1.4 - SDK 10.8 3rd Party Preference Panes: Flash Player Support FUSE for OS X (OSXFUSE) Support GamePadCompanionPrefPanel Support Growl Support Java Support MenuMeters Support SmartSleep Support Tuxera NTFS Support Witch Support Time Machine: Time Machine not configured! Top Processes by CPU: 25% firefox 4% activitymonitord 4% WindowServer 1% hidd 1% BetterTouchTool Top Processes by Memory: 254 MB firefox 111 MB Google Chrome 66 MB Sublime Text 61 MB mds 59 MB Google Chrome Helper Virtual Memory Information: 1.72 GB Free RAM 1.21 GB Active RAM 416 MB Inactive RAM 425 MB Wired RAM 378 MB Page-ins 0 B Page-outs