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BW
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      05-26-2013
I got a used PC with Vista 32-bit. For 5 minutes after Windows
starts, the disk is going 90 to the dozen.
I have others with Windows XP and Windows 7 that settle down quickly.
I checked what startup programs are run with Hijack This, and there is
sweet FA. It is pretty much a bare-bones installation, althought it
has all updates applied.
So what is Vista doing with the disk?

Hardware is Core 2 Duo 3 GHz with 4 GiB of DDR2-667 and disk is SATA
300.
 
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Bill Leary
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      05-26-2013
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> I got a used PC with Vista 32-bit. For 5 minutes after Windows
> starts, the disk is going 90 to the dozen.


There's an expression I haven't heard in a long time.

I recall wondering about this on my own Vista machine. I too have XP
Professional and Windows 7 machines and have seen similar, though I don't
recall it taking five minutes to settle. It's been a couple of years now,
and I don't recall exactly what it was that was doing it. I do recall
deciding it being something that was OK. It also goes into periods (a
minute or two) of rather high activity once in a while, but I think I
tracked that one down to indexing running.

> I have others with Windows XP and Windows 7 that settle
> down quickly. I checked what startup programs are run with
> Hijack This, and there is sweet FA.


What does "...and there is sweet FA." mean?

> It is pretty much a bare-bones installation, althought it
> has all updates applied.
> So what is Vista doing with the disk?


Start up Task Manager, open the Performance tab and bring up Resource
Monitor. Expand the Disk section and try sorting by Read (B/min) and Write
(B/min) until you find out which one is doing all the disk operations. Look
at both Image and File to see what's being messed with.

> Hardware is Core 2 Duo 3 GHz with 4 GiB of DDR2-667
> and disk is SATA 300.


- Bill

 
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Paul
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      05-27-2013
BW wrote:
> I got a used PC with Vista 32-bit. For 5 minutes after Windows
> starts, the disk is going 90 to the dozen.
> I have others with Windows XP and Windows 7 that settle down quickly.
> I checked what startup programs are run with Hijack This, and there is
> sweet FA. It is pretty much a bare-bones installation, althought it
> has all updates applied.
> So what is Vista doing with the disk?
>
> Hardware is Core 2 Duo 3 GHz with 4 GiB of DDR2-667 and disk is SATA
> 300.


You can also use Autoruns, to get information on all sorts of
things that could run at startup.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb963902

Paul
 
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