disk thrashing in Vista - why

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by BW, May 26, 2013.

  1. BW

    BW Guest

    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.
     
    BW, May 26, 2013
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  2. BW

    Bill Leary Guest

    "BW" wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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
     
    Bill Leary, May 26, 2013
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    Paul Guest

    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/sysinternals/bb963902

    Paul
     
    Paul, May 27, 2013
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