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#1 JerryS

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 11:43 PM

Hi Everyone,

I just bought a Dell Dimension E521 with Windows XP Home Edition OS. I have noticed that the light indicating the hard drive is being accessed blinks all the time. My old HP ( Win 98) didn't do this. Is this an XP thing or is there a problem? I have Norton security suite installed and use Adaware And Spy Bot. No viruses shown.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 07:10 AM

The blinking LED is indicating that it is constantly working. Norton security suite is what we call a resource hogger meaning it is taking the speed out of your computer. What you could is is download process explorer from the freeware link in my sig and try to determine what is keeping your PC busy.

Are you using P2P applications like Limewire?

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:23 AM

The blinking LED is indicating that it is constantly working. Norton security suite is what we call a resource hogger meaning it is taking the speed out of your computer. What you could is is download process explorer from the freeware link in my sig and try to determine what is keeping your PC busy.

Are you using P2P applications like Limewire?



No, I am not running any P2P apps. I downloaded "What's Running" from your link. It didn't show anything unusual running. The blinking light is a constant blink at one second intervals. Like it is monitoring for something. Could the optical drives Auto Play feature cause this?

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:29 AM

To rule out any malware issues try this online scan Take the long one and post back any results before we continue researching your problem. Is your computer slowish?

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:51 PM

To rule out any malware issues try this online scan Take the long one and post back any results before we continue researching your problem. Is your computer slowish?


I performed the online scan at Windows Live One Care website. It showed no malware present.
My computer shows no signs of speed degradation.
There is no audible sound of the hard drive being accessed when the light blinks.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:21 PM

As a followup to fozzie's suggestion about Norton AV, try booting up in safemode, disconnect your physical connection to the internet, and shutting down Norton AV. Check Task Manager to ensure Norton AV is not running. Does the HD light continue to blink at predetermined intervals?
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 07:04 PM

FWIW, the HD light on my Dell 5150 blinked for about a month before the main power supply fan died.(Then the proper diagnostic lights came on!)

Are you comfortable with taking the side of the HD case off and having a really close listen to your fans to make sure they are operating smoothly?
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:03 PM

FWIW, the HD light on my Dell 5150 blinked for about a month before the main power supply fan died.(Then the proper diagnostic lights came on!)

Are you comfortable with taking the side of the HD case off and having a really close listen to your fans to make sure they are operating smoothly?



Yes, the fans seem to be operating ok. I had dinner tonight with my son-in-law and he has two Dell computers similar to mine. One online with AV he uses and one offline, no AV, the kids use. He told me both of his do the same thing. He had noticed it but figured it was normal since both computers blinked. Apparently this is not an unusual occurence. Would still like to know why, though.

Thanks for all your time and effort.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 02:25 AM

It might be the disk indexing service that is causing the constant HDD use. You can disable it if you want.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 08:08 PM

It might be the disk indexing service that is causing the constant HDD use. You can disable it if you want.


I have that disabled. Someone told me it wasn't my Hard Drive being accessed but my IDE connection(?)

I have no idea what that is, can anyone explain?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:24 AM

To be honest if your drive is being accessed all of the time I would say it would be a good idea to have a look at the currently running processes and see which one is the culprit. It maybe that Spyware is accessing it or it could be a scheduled task for erasing unused space on the disk. Some applications like Eraser 5.8 can have scheduled tasks that run at certain times. Not very likely but it is something to look out for.
Use a program called SIW to have a look at what the processes that are running and what they are used for. This may help in finding out what is accessing the disk.
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