You want to see this e-mail with attachment? Ok, let me go check out your external drive for no reason before I fetch it.
February 23, 2008 12:49 PM Subscribe
Why does Microsoft Outlook insist on spinning up my external hard drive before letting me see any e-mail with attachments?
posted by roomwithaview to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've noticed this in Outlook 2003 and 2007, in XP and Vista, and I'd like to know what causes it.
Basically, whenever I have an external hard drive connected (via USB) to my computer, I cannot see an immediate preview of any e-mail in Outlook that contains an attachment without having everything in Outlook freeze for a few moments while my external drive spins up. Once the drive is spun up, the body of the e-mail shows up.
If the drive is not attached, or if I have accessed it recently (so that it is spun up and not idle), I can click on an e-mail with an attachment and have it show up in the preview pane with no delay.
My .pst files are my local drive (not on the external) and this happens with both POP and IMAP folders.
So what causes this behavior and is there any way to stop it?