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#1 neko3000

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:11 PM

Was wondering if someone could help me. My HD light flashes on and off really hard by itself like its defragging or scanning, which slows down general use. I'm not setting it to do anything, so is there anyway I can find out what is going on at all?

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

Please check the Task Manager - Processes tab and see what particular task is using your CPU. If you go to Performance tab, what number percentage is your CPU usage rate?


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:28 AM

Task Manager>Processes>View>Select Columns

 

Select  I/O Reads and I/O Writes, click OK..  Now you can see what is eating up your HD time.

 

If you are short of memory, your pagefile will get hammered.  Click the "Performance" tab to see memory/pagefile usage.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:48 PM

Thanks for the help, Looking at processes I have quite a few svchost.exe's listed one of which (listed as system) is using the bulk of the CPU. I'm guessing that is what is driving the hd hard for some reason. Everything else appears to be minimal except system idle process.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

I've noticed the svchost.exe secsvcs listed is using cpu. Is there anything else I should be trying here or should I request to move the thread into a different sub-forum?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:17 AM

Let's try this :

Download Process Explorer on your desktop.
Right-click extract all the zip file then navigate to the extracted ProcessExplorer folder and double click procexp or procexp64.
Go to View Menu - Select Columns... Checkmark Command Line under Process Image tab.
Under File menu - Save as File Name : System Idle Process
Save as type : Process Explorer Data (*.TXT) -> OK. Save the text file on your desktop and copy/paste the result on your next reply.
 


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