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#1 polaris6

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:45 PM

I have a Dell PC, XP-3 OS on which I installed SmartDefrag 1.01 (I think that is the version...it is the one after the original release).

This software has a feature AutoDefrag that will defrag the HD after the conputer has been idol for a short period of time. This feature works well for this Dell laptop.

I installed this software on another laptop, same configuration, Os, etc, but the autodefrag does NOT work. The only difference I see in the two computers is that on the one on which AutoDefrag words, the Disk usage is close to 0% when the computer is idle. On the other laptop (on which autodefrag does not work, the idle usage of the Disk is around 43%.

I have no idea what the disk is doing 43% of the time when idle. This is true even when I terminate all programs.

I suspect the reason why autodefrag doesn't work is because the computer is never really idle, with the disk still spinning constantly.

Any help/suggestions?

Thanks

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:05 PM

It might be the Indexing Service that is constantly accessing the drive.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:03 AM

What is the indexing service and how can I turn it off?
Why would it be on at one computer and off at another?

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:48 AM

Indexing and System Restore...are two XP features that access the hard drive routinely.

System Restore has redeeming value for all those persons who don't routinely backup their systems and who subsequently are lost when computer problems develop, as they will.

To read about Indexing: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=X...mp;aq=f&oq=

Many of us have indexing disabled, seeing no value in it running constantly or semi-constantly.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:56 AM

Thanks again.

I unchecked that feature and nothing significant happened to the 'Disk Usage' %.

I viewed the 'Processes' in the Task Manager and nothing close to 43% disk usage shows up. It is 'idle' 95+% of the time.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 09:45 AM

High idle percentages...indicate that the CPU is not being taxed, which is good.

http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_system_idle...of_the_cpu.html

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:19 PM

Thanks.

How can I tell what is 'working' when the disk shows 43% utilization and the CPU almost 5%?




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