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.
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 . 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.
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.
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.