Hard disk constently accessed

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Pierre, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Pierre

    Pierre Guest

    Hi, I just finish to install vista beta 2. My hard disk are always accessed
    neither is I do nothing and no program are open. Any suggestion?
    Pierre, Jun 10, 2006
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  2. Pierre

    Pierre Guest

    It's seam to be the searchindexer.exe that always write or read on the HDD.
    Pierre, Jun 10, 2006
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    Jason Guest

    I think mine may be the search indexer also. but I didnt have any problems
    with it until I installed the free trial of CA antivirus for vista beta2
    subscribers. Now, various windows frequently stop responding. Sometimes it
    gets to the point i have to hard reset the computer to get back working again.
    Jason, Jun 10, 2006
  4. Pierre

    Allygash Guest

    Yep, same here Jason. I removed the free trial of CA antivirus, now no more
    disk thrashing, window freezes or BSOD's.......
    Allygash, Jun 11, 2006
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    Neil Guest

    I also removed the CA virus protection went to microtrend it works fine

    Neil, Jun 12, 2006
  6. I removed and reinstalled CA and now everthing is working fine.

    Bk_St_Crawler, Jun 16, 2006
  7. I have just installed Vista Beta as well and have the same or very similar
    problems with constant disk activity, I removed CA but no difference
    initially, it does seem that indexer is taking from 14% upto 75% of my cpu. I
    am running an AMD 2600 Athlon with 1GB ram and NVidia 128 graphics. Any one
    notice how long it takes when a programme does not respond and task manager
    is applied. So far today about 6 out of 8 hours have been spent waiting or
    rebooting. However if Microsoft get all the bugs out the rest seems to be
    Brian The Fish, Jul 15, 2006
  8. Pierre

    Richard Hay Guest

    The hard disk activity is probably indexing going on.
    Richard Hay, Jul 16, 2006
  9. I left it running over night for 9 hours, it was still indexing when I went
    back. Any thoughts or comments?
    Brian The Fish, Jul 16, 2006
  10. It could be anything, really. The 8 hours you spent playing with it + the 9
    hours you let it sit, lonely, in the corner is 17 hours. Now, unless you
    really are Google, I would think that's enough time to index your computer,
    so something else is going on there. The indexer is going to run, because
    its an avid information freak and just can't wait to get its grubby little
    bytes on anything new, so its always on the lookout. It especially loves
    log files, for some reason. But I digress.

    So, now we start looking for other culprits, like perhaps a beta video
    driver that isn't quite holding up its end of the bargain, or maybe some
    software not getting along, or, well, anything like that. Too bad your name
    isn't Ian or that would have been a great Orwellian pun.

    Also, while others may argue it out, I think you will find that while the
    minimum specification with regard to RAM is 512MB to be "Vista Capable,"
    let's assume for a moment that Microsoft meant you can run Vista Home Basic
    with that set-up but every edition as you move up the ladder will require
    more hardware resources to make it run. Here we are at Vista
    Superfantasticultimate, so, my point to all that is, (and it's an opinion,
    mind you) 1 GB of RAM may be near the low side for Ultimate. Now throw in
    the debugging code and the fact that 5384.4 isn't exactly optimized for
    speed, I would expect the system to churn a little.

    For interest sake, on this computer right at this moment, I have roughly
    900MB of RAM in play and the CPU usage is around 30%, with Outlook 2007, Win
    Mail, Win Media Center streaming music and IE7 open, indexing is on and a
    total of 61 processes running. I would consider this a normal situation for
    this computer with a beta operating system.
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 16, 2006
  11. Thankyou Mark, although it was probabley lonely, it did have the cat to keep
    it company. Never the less something is radically wrong, I will up the ram
    tomorrow by another 1GB and see if that helps, and yet whilst I am writing
    this indexer strangely is not using much at all in fact my hard disk is
    silent?. Thanks again.
    Brian The Fish, Jul 16, 2006
  12. Forgot to mention Mark, I did re-install the CA antivirus, first thing this
    morning. Whilst recieving mail through Windows Mail I got an error message
    saying that Anti-virus has a problem and will close, then the whole thing
    locked up solid for ten minutes, no activity at all,black screen, frustrated
    I did a hard power down and re- started and since then there have been no
    problems. As some one who makes their living from building and repairing PC`s
    I need to make sure that when Vista is finally released that I am reasonably
    content with it`s working, there is nothing worse than selling some one a
    system which frustrates hell out of them. Cheers.
    Brian The Fish, Jul 16, 2006
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    FrRSutter Guest

    I uninstalled the CA EZ Antivirus and the problem went away on mine.

    Of course, until Symantec gets on the ball, I have no AV.
    FrRSutter, Jul 18, 2006
  14. Try Avast 4.7 until then.
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 18, 2006
  15. Avast Home Edition 4.7 (also the 4.7 Professional Edition) run very well in Vista and the Home Edition is FREE! I have read that you can use Norton System Works without the AV on Vista. I don't think you can do that with the Norton Internet Security Suite.


    Try Avast 4.7 until then.
    William R. Mosher, Jul 18, 2006
  16. I will try Avast, as since my last post CA has crashed out so many times, and
    I constantly am having to reboot because of it. I have now removed it and it
    would deffinately seem to be the cause. But no more indexing going on that
    affects performance.
    Brian The Fish, Jul 19, 2006
  17. I do not have Vista but I recently downloaded the beta versions of
    Office 2007. I installed it and ever since my computer has been
    running very slowly. I started my task manager and see that the
    searchindexer.exe is running. I have never seen it before. Now it
    continues to run even when I manually end the process. Occasionally if
    I use the task mangaer to end the process it closes the task manager
    too. Everytime I stop it it comes back like a virus. Any suggestions?
    trackabletracker, Jul 27, 2006
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