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Hard Drive Running Constantly


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#1 HJPotter

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 08:13 PM

I've scrubbed for spyware, viruses and defragged. Now running Win XP SP2, 1 GB RAM, P4 3GHz CPU with Kerio Personal Firewall, NOD 32 and Sunbelt SpySweeper.

FWIW, the drive runs constantly, even at the DOS screen before loading Win XP Safe Mode (keeps running in Safe Mode); also runs at normal WinXP logon screen before entering password.

Odd thing, it seems to run apps comfortably fast. The CPU load seems quite low. I just can't figure out why the drive runs all the time. I've looked at the data from Sysinternals Filemon - virtually all the activity is the E: drive (SATA drive described above).

Any thoughts?

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 10:26 PM

There are various Windows maintenance processes that run whenever other aps are not consuming all the resources so a constantly running HD is normal.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 11:36 AM

Thanks for responding. I'm a bit skeptical, however, since none of the other six PCs in our office exhibits this kind of activity. I'll keep looking.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 12:08 PM

You can use Startup Inspector to determine what programs are running as a result of being in the startup menu when Windows starts.

Startup Inspector freeware (manages startup menu helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)

And

Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)

http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:11 AM

There are many innocuous settings that can cause this behavior.

Presuming that the E: drive isn't your boot drive - then this is likely the result of a corrupted program.

I'd suggest trying to stop the processes in Task Manager (one at a time) to see if this will stop the access. Be careful what you stop tho' - as some of them will force a reboot.

If you don't know what a process is, check the Startup List at the top of this page ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ ) Be careful with the list - some things that may seem bad are actually good - and vice versa. Try the services that are running programs that you recognize first.
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