I'm running Mac OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) and it seems the larger the external disk I plug in, the longer it takes to show up in Finder.

A 2TB disk is taking almost a minute.

If I plug the same disk on a Windows or Linux PC, it shows up instantly.

Why does this happen on Mac? Is there an option or configuration to make the disk show up faster?

  • What's the format of the disk?
    – Allan
    Jun 7, 2017 at 23:41
  • What connection protocol? (USB, FireWire, SATA, Thunderbolt)?
    – IconDaemon
    Jun 7, 2017 at 23:47
  • @Allan It's NTFS and I have FUSE for OS X installed. Jun 8, 2017 at 22:40
  • @IconDaemon USB Jun 8, 2017 at 22:40
  • Is it USB2 or USB3?
    – IconDaemon
    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:59

1 Answer 1


After upgrading to macOS Sierra, I uninstalled FUSE and ntfs-3g and started using the hidden NTFS support from Apple (through Mounty). The disk now mounts very fast, so I'm assuming it was the NTFS driver.

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