Windows XP constant hard drive access

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DOSMAN, Jun 14, 2002.

  1. DOSMAN

    DOSMAN Guest

    What causes Windows XP to constantly access the hard drive? The HD light flickers every second or two. Is there anyway to stop it?
     
  2. xsk8zerox

    xsk8zerox Moderator

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    You dont think its normal for an OS to access the hard drive? XP is constantly using system files its completly normal
     
  3. DOSMAN

    DOSMAN Guest

    I've never had any other Windows version to access the hard drive while the system is idle. With Win 98 the hard drives would spin down after a certain time of inactivity. With XP they never spin down even after the monitor shuts itself off the drives are still being accessed.
     
  4. allan

    allan Guest

    Could be:

    1) If Indexing service isn't disabled then it is constantly creating / updating the index (turn it off unless you do a LOT of searching)

    2) Might be a virus, trojan, or spyware. Do a full virus scan and run ad-aware to check.

    These are the two most common. Other possibilities less likely - if it isn't one of these come back and we'll try again.
     
  5. GraLk

    GraLk Guest

    :p Stick a bit 'o tape over the HD light :D j/k

    GraLk
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    go to my computer > right-click on your harddrive > properties > uncheck "allow indexing service.."

    having this checked just keeps an updated index of all the files on your harddrive so when you do a search for a file it takes only a second or two as opposed to maybe 30 seconds :rolleyes:. it would only be useful to have this if you search for files a lot instead of remembering where you put them. do this for each drive and they will thank you for it.
     
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    for clarity, see attachment:
     
  8. DOSMAN

    DOSMAN Guest

    Indexing is not turned on. I ran ad-aware and the only thing it found was Limeware...which I uninstalled. Norton Anti-virus reports no viruses. I think it's time for a clean install of XP. I'm curious to see if it happens with a fresh install.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys.
     
  9. allan

    allan Guest

    Okay, it's your auto insert notification. Do the following:

    start / run / regedit

    Navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom

    If there is an entry of AutoRun or AutoPlay, double click and set the value to 0 (zero)

    This will almost certainly solve the problem.
     
  10. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    do you have free ram ? or is the HDD acting as virtual memory ?
     
  11. Eolis

    Eolis Guest

    Taurus, your only using 3GB?? That sure ain't much, eh?! You just do a reload or somethin'??

    :D
     
  12. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    lol.. 3.7gb! that's my laptop's harddrive. it's the only one with ntfs which has that indexing thing. yeah, i formatted it recently... and i keep it clean cuz sometimes loads of stuff is put on it for backup purposes or if i wanna watch movies somewhere.
     
  13. Armagan1

    Armagan1 Guest


    Have you tried defragmenting your hard drive lately m8??
     
  14. Phreak This

    Phreak This Guest

    xsk8zerox,

    Dont know why Im saying this, an angels presence would shrivel your tainted touch into nothingness. For that is the beauty of Goodness.


    Ok, on with the show,
    Yeah, its normal for the OS to access the HD, very normal..
     
  15. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    I reckon its NAV thats keeping your system busy -- its one of those programs that insist on running in the backgrond - have a look in services see if its there & set it to manual.
     
  16. allan

    allan Guest

    It is not normal for the OS to constantly poll the HD unless you have it "set" to do so. Following the directions in my post above regarding auto insert notification will stop the polling.
     
  17. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    Allen's right, had the same problem and it was cdrom auto run. Also, check to see that your led wire from case to mobo is making a good connection.
     
  18. xsk8zerox

    xsk8zerox Moderator

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    Its actually part of a song