Continuous Hard Drive Activity

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Kerry Lange

    Kerry Lange Guest

    Since I installed Vista (32-bit) I seem to have continuous, 24/7 HDD
    activity. Does anyone know what process might be causing this?
     
    Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006
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  2. Kerry Lange

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Hello,

    This is most likely caused by the Search Indexer, which is indexing the
    files on your computer so that when you do a search they will show up
    extremely fast. Depending on how many files you have, this could take a
    while.

    To see what the search indexer is up to and to change its settings, you can
    go to Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Indexing Option. :)

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 26, 2006
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  3. Kerry Lange

    Kerry Lange Guest

    This is most likely caused by the Search Indexer, which is indexing the
    Okay, I'll give that a try--as soon as I can figure out how to switch back
    from "classic" view of the Control Panel.
     
    Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006
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  4. Kerry Lange

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    It is listed as just plain Indexing Options in classic view. :)

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 26, 2006
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  5. Kerry Lange

    Kerry Lange Guest

    Okay, just checked and all my files are already indexed. HD is still going
    like crazy--at least the activity light is going nuts.

    Kerry
     
    Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006
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  6. Kerry Lange

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    OK ... The next most likely cause is the automatic background disk
    defragmentation.

    - Right-click an empty part of your taskbar and click Task Manager
    - Click on Image Name to sort by name
    - See if you see "Defrag.exe" running

    If it is, that's probably the culprit :)

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 26, 2006
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  7. Kerry Lange

    Kerry Lange Guest

    Okay, checked that too but defrag isn't running.

    Kerry
     
    Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006
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  8. Kerry Lange

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Well, I'm out of easy solutions. lol.

    OK ... *cracks knuckles* ...

    - Open Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools
    - Double-click Performance Diagnostic Console
    - Click the down-arrow next to the header that says "disk"
    - Click the Write (B/min) header until it sorts it from biggest to smallest

    Keep an eye on that sucker every now and then and see if you notice a
    pattern of a certain program always being in the top. Ignore System, as he's
    always writing stuff to internal log files.

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 26, 2006
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  9. Kerry Lange

    Snowsden Guest

    I have a thought about this HD constantly running issue, Mine also is
    experiencing the same thing, IF you think about it for a minute the Clock on
    the desktop is constantly updating itself and may be the culprit. Therefor I
    removed mine for a few minutes and the HD activity went away and when I
    re-enabled it it started running again. This may not be the case for everyone
    since this is a Beta version, but it worked for me.
     
    Snowsden, Jun 26, 2006
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  10. I have the same concern on my system. I will try some of this stuff when I
    get home tonight.
     
    John Brutovsky, Jun 26, 2006
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  11. Kerry Lange

    Kerry Lange Guest

    Well, I'm out of easy solutions. lol.
    This is too funny! I read your post--"OK... *cracks knuckles*..."--and then
    HDD activity dropped off. Currently, HDD activity is what you'd expect--a
    flicker here and there as you'd expect from the system as it normally runs.

    Next time I have a problem I'll first try cracking my knuckles and they I'll
    contact you to have you crack your knuckles.

    Kerry
     
    Kerry Lange, Jun 26, 2006
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  12. Kerry Lange

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    lol

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jun 26, 2006
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  13. Ok, I am also having this issue. there are some good thoughts here and I will
    try a few of the ideas presented. If it does turn out to be the clock, that
    is going to suck because that is one of my favoriite features of Vista.
    Hopefully that will be fixed in the next release.
     
    John Brutovsky, Jun 26, 2006
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  14. I never thought of the knuckle cracking thing. I'll try that first as it
    seems the easiest. lol
     
    John Brutovsky, Jun 26, 2006
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  15. Ok, when I got home tonight I cracked my knuckles and booted into Vista, and
    guess what, no more abnormal hard drive activity. Actually what I think
    happened was that Vista was defragging the hard drive after the install. The
    defrag now shows finished and my hard drive activity is now aceptable. One
    note. I went to the options page for the disk defragger and changed it to
    only run once a month, and only at 2am. Hopefully I'll never run up against
    it again.
     
    John Brutovsky, Jun 27, 2006
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  16. Despite all nice ideas in here I just want to bring something up that could
    cause this behaviour.

    RAM.

    If your memory is full, Windows will start paging inactive areas of the RAM
    onto the harddrive to free up some space in the ram modules, thus creating a
    lot of harddrive activity. I know that Vista got 8 times more (yes 8 times!)
    RAM requirement than it's predecessor Windows XP (min. 64mb), but 512 mb
    should still be enough to run Vista smoothly and without paging from what
    I've heard...

    Well, just wanted to bring it up, you never know ;).
     
    Robert Schoultz, Sep 18, 2006
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