Hard disk always busy (although there's nothing to do...)
Thread poster: Doron Greenspan MITI

Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
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Jan 25, 2007

Here's an irritating problem.
My ExcelStor J680 hard disk is constantly busy (normal working noise and disk's red indicator on), even when there are no open applications and the CPU has around 0% usage.

I’m running a 3GHz pc with Windows XP Pro. No gaming or graphic work at all, just translation stuff.

The memory is large enough at 1MB, and I’m normally using about a third of that normally.

I tried to remove all file paging (down to 0MB), and it still doesn’t seem to be the problem.
I run a disk cleanup, a checkdisk and defragmentation.

Any idea will be appreciated on how I can:

1. monitor why it’s doing this, and
2. solve the problem?

Thanks in advance, Doron


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Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
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Monitoring Jan 25, 2007

Use a file access monitoring software, for example:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/filemon.mspx

This should tell you which application accesses the HD and deal with it accordingly.

I had a similar problem some time ago, it turned out that one of my security programs was writing entries to a log file (every 30 seconds!).


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Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
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Monitorin as we speak.. Jan 25, 2007

Thanks for this great idea.
I've just loaded Process Monitor (the new version for XP SP2) and am watching it carefully.

As Murphy will have it, the hard disk got scared and stopped munching...


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what a wonder Jan 25, 2007

Hi! A perfect syllogism. We are all active even when there are no projects, just keep doing something and keep active. I know this does not solve your problem, but generally hard discs need to swap the content command sets etc., when the comp. is on.icon_smile.gif Best Brandis

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Abdul Wahab
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Indexing Jan 25, 2007

Dear

When your PC is idle, under Windows XP it start indexing hard drive contents for future search.


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Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
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There's a difference though, Brandis Jan 26, 2007

When we humans are constantly over-busy, it may generally lead to one of two things:
either we get healthier, and keep living longer (if we're busy with a healthy sort of life, exercise etc.), or
we get heart attacks (if we're busy worrying too much...).

With hard disks, I guess they simply get worn out quickly whatever the reason for their hyper-activities.

Abdul Wahab, thanks for your suggestion - indeed, I neutralized this function in XP and turned instead to Google Desktop for my pc searches - highly recommended and much faster.


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Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
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Problem solved somehow Jan 26, 2007

and like many other computer-related things, I don't have a clue how...

Thanks all. Doron


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