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What Is This Light On The Front Of My Hard Drive?


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#1 TMacK

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:36 PM

Don't make a habit of sitting and staring at my HD, but have recently noticed a symbol that lights ups intermittently...looks like a plug,could also be the letter A.It flashes on and off so fast is hard to tell exactly what it is!
Is located about one inch to the left of the USB plug (that is not being used).
When I was running my scans and the HD was working,it was flashing at the same time of the 'working 'noises.
Don't think I have an overheating problem,but guess it wouldn't hurt to d/l the Everest program that was mentioned in another post.....
Or is this something that happens all the time and it's the first time I've noticed it?
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:43 PM

Hi TMacK,

It could possibly be hard drive disk activity that causes it. I'm not sure. But you may want to try DiskMon from (formally Sysinternals), now it's Micro$0ft.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...sk/Diskmon.mspx

Hope that sheds some light on it.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 03:28 PM

I'm hoping thats all it is,is HD disk activity, just weird I never noticed it before....well maybe not!

DiscMon would take about four hours to d/l,with using dialup.
The Good News on the dialup topic is I've recently subscribed for Satellite Internet! Yipee!!
Thanx for your help Walkman.

Edit; HD is a Dell Dimension 5150.

Edited by TMacK, 12 November 2006 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 03:40 PM

Are you sure about how log it'll take you to download on dialup? The file is only 80K.

I hope you're just exaggerating that. If that's true,,, I hate it for you. I guess in certain areas of the world, dialup can be slower than slow.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 07:52 PM

Oops! I read it as 80MB. Posted Image
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:40 PM

Haven't downloaded Everest or DiskMon yet.

Would like to hear if anyone else has this,and knows if it is a result of HD disk activity...or any other ideas?
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:55 PM

Is this your computer? The link should open a pdf file showing the front of your comp with descriptions.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...om/WD846A02.pdf

Edited by buddy215, 14 November 2006 - 02:58 PM.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:28 PM

Thanx buddy215,
Yes that is my computer!!
So glad you posted that for me,as now I know that Walkman was correct about it being HD disk activity.
Also now know about the diagnostic lights beside the headphone plug in.

Many Thanx :thumbsup: Now I can breathe a sigh of relief!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:27 PM

You are welcome. The manual that I linked to was installed by Dell on your computer. It should still be there if it wasn't deleted or removed during a reformat or whatever.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:05 PM

I was reading the diagnostic lights, and you have quite some help there. At least it'll help to diagnose what could be a problem, just by looking at those lights and the order/sequence they're lit up.

TMacK, you got it good. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:02 PM

Hey buddy215,
Can you give me an idea on the path you took to get to the Dell manual?
I've been searching around the computer and cannot find it.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:16 PM

C/ Dell/Docs/manual
That is where mine is located.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 04:23 PM

Hhmm,not there buddy215.
Did a computer search and nothing showed up either.
Have saved your link tho,and will download the manual when my satellite internet is installed next week.Can't Wait !
Thanx again!
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