Hard Drive trashing in Vista - I tried everything!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by nimic1234, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest


    The Hard Drive LED light on my Sony Vaio keeps blinking EVERY SECOND
    When it's really quiet I can hear it too, it's constantly writing

    I did my research - read all the threads on the net and so far I hav

    Windows index
    Windows defender
    Windows search
    System Restore
    I have uninstalled google desktop.

    The system is totally virus and spyware free, and the anti-virus is no
    scanning (schedule scan disabled). All Vista updates are installed.

    Nothing has helped. I've run out of things to disable.

    What now??? Please help!!!

    I'm running Vista Business SP1, Dual Core 2.2 Ghz, 3 Gb RAM
    nimic1234, Feb 10, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Running a screensaver? A blink doesn't always mean writing, it can also
    merely be accessing data for a process. If the system is on, it has to be
    doing something.

    Why do you want to disable everything that is designed to make your system
    operate more efficiently?
    Rick Rogers, Feb 11, 2009
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  3. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    No, no screensaver..

    How is CONSTANT hard drive access/writing efficient? I'm on the road
    lot and I need battery time. It's driving me crazy that my HD i
    spinning non-stop even when I'm only typing in notepad for two hours
    nimic1234, Feb 11, 2009
  4. nimic1234

    Mike Torello Guest

    Maybe it's trying to figure out why you're using Notepad and not
    something better.

    I hope you're remembering to stop and save now and then. It won't do
    it for you.
    Mike Torello, Feb 11, 2009
  5. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    Very constructive answer, Mike, thank you so much
    nimic1234, Feb 11, 2009
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    DL Guest

    A hd constantly 'working' can also be a sign of a failing disk.
    Asertain the make of hd, visit that manufacturers web site & create/use
    their bootable disk checking utility.
    If you dont know the make, try seagate seatools
    DL, Feb 11, 2009
  7. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    Could be indeed but the machine hasn't been in use for more than 60
    days and it's working smoothly so I doubt it. I have used a disk doctor
    utility and it tells me the disk is running fine.
    nimic1234, Feb 11, 2009
  8. nimic1234

    Rick Rogers Guest


    Sounds like something is monitoring for activity during hibernation. This
    may be caused by supporting keyboard or mouse software. Are you perhaps
    using a wireless mouse? If so, upgrading the supporting software to a more
    recent release may help.

    Also, what I meant by the statement is that many of the functions you've
    disabled in the name of expediency are the ones designed to help your system
    function more efficiently. Indexing, prefetch, defrag and others all work
    together to minimize disk access and seek times. By disabling them, you
    force the system to "go the long way" to perform certain functions. Think of
    it this way: When you go to the store, you take a shopping cart and pick up
    all the items you need and then check out. It'd be far less efficient to
    pick up each item one at a time and pay for it, place it in your car, and
    then go back for the next one.
    Rick Rogers, Feb 11, 2009
  9. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    What do you mean by that? Why would a keyboard or mouse "monitor durin
    hibernation"? I'm not sure I understand. Anyway, not wireless mouse o
    keyboard, only the native stuff the laptop came with. And the H
    trashing is happening when the laptop is idle AND when I'm working on i
    - it never stops
    I understood you but I'm trying to figure out how to stop my HD fro
    working 24/7 right now :) I deactivated all these because it i
    suggested in many threads about this problem. I'll probably reactivat
    many (Defender, Superfetch etc) once I have this figured out
    nimic1234, Feb 11, 2009

  10. What anti-virus and anti-malware programs are you running?
    Mike Hall - MVP, Feb 11, 2009
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    Ian D Guest

    As long as it's not in a power save mode, a hard drive is always
    spinning when the PC is on. The behaviour you describe is
    perfectly normal. The brief intermittent disk accesses will have
    negligible impact on battery discharge. I've seen this behaviour
    in every PC I've used, since Win95. If you want to save battery
    power, make sure the WiFi hardware is turned off while you're
    not using it. Most laptops have a physical switch to do this.
    Also, turning down the screen brightness will help.
    Ian D, Feb 11, 2009
  12. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    I don't know about that. My previous (Toshiba) laptop under XP wa
    certainly not doing it

    Furthermore, on my current laptop, running on battery and IN POWE
    SAVER MODE, well get this, it gets WORSE: the HD LED light stop
    blinking and it stays ON ALL THE TIME. :eek::p:confused: I've actuall
    just realised this thanks to your post. Could it be then that the powe
    options are somehow at fault here
    nimic1234, Feb 11, 2009
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    jgt Guest

    Download Hard Disk Sentinel (see http://www.hdsentinel.com/compat.php) and
    give it a try. It save me by proving my HD was bad. I ran all kinds of test
    on the HD and nothing indicated I had a problem. I had also contacted the
    MFG of my laptop several times and each time they indicated that my problem
    was software not hardware. I ran HDS and noticed that on the average the HD
    was reallocation sectors on the average 15 times a day. Also possibly using
    SpinRite (see www.spinrite.com) might help. I started to run SpinRite on the
    drive but due to other pressures I had to stop the process when it was only
    40% completed. After HDS indicated the HD had problems I replaced the drive,
    restored the HD to factory shipment and the system has been runing without
    any HD issues. I use both HDS and SpinRite on a regular basis and highly
    suggest either or both.
    jgt, Feb 22, 2009
  14. nimic1234

    nimic1234 Guest

    Thanks jgt. I have installed hard drive sentinel (neat app!), it says
    the disk is fine.

    I have also installed Ubuntu (Linux) on a partition as a test, under
    Ubuntu the computer is perfectly silent.

    So it is indeed a Vista "feature" that has my HD spinning 24/7 and
    writing with a constant, distracting humming noise, even when I'm just
    reading online. My new high-end Sony is noisier than my 4-years-old
    low-end Toshiba under XP. Unbelievable.

    I guess I'm going to install XP soon.
    nimic1234, Mar 6, 2009
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