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Hard-drives are constantly churning. How can I get them to just stop already?

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#1 Mateo1041


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Posted 08 November 2009 - 10:44 PM

I own the following hard-drives and two of the three won't stop churning (from what I can tell):

* Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus (churns)
* Seagate FreeAgent (churns)
* SimpleTech something or another

I recently upgraded to Windows 7, although this has been happening since Vista. I'm on the Home 64 bit edition.

What's worse is how my keyboard and mouse are mostly non-responsive and jerky. I'm struggling to determine if this is a laptop issue (I own a Sager NP8662), hard-drive(s) issue, or some kind of weird hub issue. The hard-drives were all purchased within the last 3 years (approximately 1 per year). The rest of the hardware is brand new.

My NZXT Cryo LX notebook cooler includes a built-in hub. I have this connected to one of my laptop USB ports (only laptop USB port in use). I then also have a Belkin 4-port hub connected to the notebook cooler. My three external hard-drives, printer, mouse, and keyboard are connected to either the notebook cooler or Belkin hub.

I've had the mouse/keyboard issue with Vista, but it seemed to go away after a few days when I first got my laptop and didn't make a reappearance until the Windows 7 upgrade.

I've tried Process Monitor, but that didn't really seem to help much. I've restricted indexing for all three external hard-drives. I've tried uninstalling the mouse driver and then plugging it into a different port.

Anyone know what might be wrong? :-( I'm so fed up.

Edited by Mateo1041, 08 November 2009 - 11:04 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:44 PM

Try running chkdsk /r on each...then defragging each?

http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/chkdsk.htm Follow directions for Running From Graphical Interface, but put check marks in both options (Automatically fix/Scan For).


#3 Mateo1041

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 04:12 PM

Well, I switched USB ports for some things and now all is working just fine. One of the hard-drives wasn't recognized when booting before. Now it shows ok. Who knows. The issue seemed to go away by itself when I first purchased the laptop, too.

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