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Computer uses 100% of hard drive for a few minutes after startup


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#1 trashcan7

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:20 PM

I have a Windows 7 computer, and occasionally when I turn it on, it will use 100% of the hard drive for several minutes. (I have a Drives Meter sidebar gadget that shows drive activity). How can I troubleshoot this and find out its cause? It really makes everything else lag like crazy.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:38 PM

Does it go down after start up?

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

What do you mean it uses 100% of the hard drive? That doesn't make any sense.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:01 PM

What do you mean it uses 100% of the hard drive? That doesn't make any sense.

I mean the read/write activity of the hard drive is at 100%. So it's making a lot of lag for everything, especially Firefox.



Does it go down after start up?

It goes down to normal levels (near 0%) several minutes after the desktop has already loaded and I can use the apps and such.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:42 PM

Then I would say you have way to many things starting up at once.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:52 PM

I'm very careful to limit what starts when I start the computer. And it's not that this problem has grown over time, but rather that I noticed it only recently. Thus, I'm asking how I can track what application is hogging the hard drive resources.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:53 PM

Resource Monitor: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/12523-resource-monitor.html
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:30 AM

Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:36 AM

Another tool I would recommend is the following:

Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx

No installation required.

Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.

Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.

You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type:

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Attach the file to your next reply.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:09 PM

Thanks, attached is the result of the Autoruns scan.

@Allan & keyboardNinja - thank you for the suggestions, I'll have to get back to you on that. It's a little difficult to diagnose easily, since this doesn't occur every time I start the computer.




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