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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    Bill Leary Guest

    "BW" wrote in message
    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.
    What does "...and there is sweet FA." mean?
    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.
    - Bill
     
    Bill Leary, May 26, 2013
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    Paul Guest

    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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