Running Droplets in "background" as 2nd user (Macintosh) -- lots of bugs!

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I have droplets that need to iterate over lots and lots (thousands) of files. I find it nearly impossible to run them during the day, because they open a window (just under my top window) and then close it, making my screen flash, and basically upsetting my workflow.

So... I discovered that if I make a second user account, and if I put the files in question on an external disk with user permissions turned off ("Ignore ownership on this volume"), I can let Photoshop just churn away, without it getting in the way of my work. Or, at least this used to work.

Now I am finding that my computer will hang for 10 minutes at a time, and if I do any input/output intensive work (copying files, Time Machine backup), everything just drags to a halt. We are talking 40 seconds to 10 minutes during which the clock in the menu bar won't respond, and most mouse clicks are also delayed about that much. (Window drags are only delayed about 5 - 10 seconds for some reason). If I am lucky, I have enough response to close my open apps before force restarting (using the power button), but there is never enough response to go through a normal reboot.

Has anyone else tried to run Photoshop in a background user account? Any advice? Is what I am seeing a known bug, or is it unique to my setup?

TIA

Photoshop 20170425.r.252 x64 on iMac + MacOS Sierra 10.12.6. Lots of memory, lots of disk space.
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