blinking hard drive light

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by krmanning, Dec 3, 2002.

  1. krmanning

    krmanning Guest

    The hard drive activity light on my case is constantly blinking. It seems to work normally when the drive is active, but even when the computer seems to be doing nothing, it blinks at a rate of about 1/sec. It has done this ever since I put the system together about 6 weeks ago, and the computer seems to be working alright otherwise. Any ideas what might be causing this?

    Gigabyte GA-8IEXP
    P4 2.26
    512 MB PC2700 DDR (1 stick)
    Chaintech GF4 4200 128MB
    WD 80GB hard drive
    TDK 48x CD burner
    Pioneer 16x DVD
    Zip 100 IDE drive
    onboard LAN and sound
    WinXP Home

    I have the HD and a Zip drive on the first IDE cable, the CD burner on the second cable, and the DVD on the raid port.
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    if you have System Restore or Indexing Service enabled, it could be either one of those. they are among the first things i disabled with i install xp because i don't want them eating up my resources.
  3. arson_nick

    arson_nick OSNN Addict

    Do a virus scan first, make sure you don't have a virus that's eating up resources. Check your processes too, see if anything doesn't look right.
  4. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    Its normall my pc since having Xp on constantly flashes the hard drive on and off pc is up high (SFF Pc) so i notice it i can post links to other forums where it has been discussed in detail if you require it.

    I have turned off numerous services listed above as well but cannot stop it...some links even blame it on liteon drives which i do own!.
  5. 93tbirdsc

    93tbirdsc Guest

    Check and see if your HD is going in to Hibernation or standby mode. Go to control panel then power options and see if they are set. try setting the HD to trun off NEVER
    System Standby to NEVER
    and Hibernate to NEVER

    Hope this helps
  6. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    Aleady set all to never...:p
  7. krmanning

    krmanning Guest

    The posting from BonyTony made me think. I tried disconnecting my TDK cd burner (made by LiteOn, I think). What do you know, the blinking stopped. Maybe it is some interaction there. I have tried a firmware update on the TDK drive; it works great, but the blinking hd light is still there. I guess I can live with it.
  8. are they on the same cable? the hard drive should be all alone (or a second one hooked there) but other stuff should not be with it (cd, cdr, dvd, zip, etc....)
  9. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    Yes Hard drive on Ide1 CDRW on Ide2 no other devices.....seems more noticeable to people with there Pcs at eye level (as where i have read most about this is in the SFF forums where you normally keep your pc on the desk).

    Cannot see anything under Windows task manager/processes to indicated or point any suspicion to something...also i never install/download without AV scanning it first.

    If i disable the secondary ide channel in device manager it seems to stop it blinking ?...

    I dont think its a chipset or driver issue as i have the same flashing led on a epox 8kha+ mb and on this SS51G sis based barebone pc...both running Xp He,with different drivers in each.

    Only thing in common is they both use Liteon cdrw`s
  10. nagaho

    nagaho Guest

    The 1/sec HDD LED blink is due to Windows constantly checking for insert of a CD. To disable this start regedit, navigate to


    Open the AutoRun key and enter value data 0

  11. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    nagaho thanks for the reply your reg edit has indeed reduced the flashing to a bare minimum

    Thanks again for your help,much appreciated.