High HDD Activity after Startup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Gideon_CC, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Gideon_CC

    Charlie Tame Guest

    I never turn any of my machines off unless I have to, however since most
    people not using them for work do tend to treat them like the TV set
    this nonsense is sure to be a nuisance to many people.

    I can download from the internet much faster than my disk drive can fill
    a gigabyte of ram? That sound realistic to anybody? I don't think so.
    Charlie Tame, Jun 16, 2007
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    Beni_H Guest

    I have exactly the same problem, but it takes around 5-6 minutes (!!) after
    logging in until i get a usable desktop. As for Gideon_CC, it turned out that
    windows defender and the superfetch service are causing the hdd activity. My
    notebook is 2 month old, core2duo 2.0GHz, 2GB Ram and a 5600 RPM Harddisk.
    Still not enough for Vista (Business)??? At this point, I got to mention that
    this is my company notebook, that's why I have a lot of data and programs on
    it (around 100 GB of 160 GB).

    I have disabled those 2 services by now, but would like re-enable them.
    Anyone got rid of that problem? I can't and won't wait 7 minutes (complete
    boot time) until i can start working.
    Beni_H, Aug 8, 2007
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    dan1701a Guest

    I sort of stumbled upon this forum, and although I'm pretty savvy abou
    Windows in general, Vista is somewhat of a new beast to me, so thank
    for this forum

    The same type of thing (constant hard drive access) has happened to me
    but it seemed to happen after the last Windows Update (did it instal
    SP1? Don't know) and after I performed the tweak listed in the Tutorial
    section to allow Windows to use the L2 Cache on my processor. I am no
    sure if either one of those is the culprit, but when I opened Proces
    Monitor I noticed that the drive is being accessed by "System", PID 4
    and it seems to be writing multiple megabytes of data to the disk. Afte
    a few minutes it settles down, but in the meantime my touchpad is jerky
    and after it seems to settle down it starts back up when I launch
    program. I haven't had this laptop for long, so there's not a lot o
    post-purchase installed stuff on it - a HDD restore wouldn't be a bi
    deal, and that's what I'm leaning toward. But it seems as though other
    have had this problem, too, so my question is, does it have something t
    do with Vista updates? I have heard horror stories about SP1, and a
    loathe to install it until it's more stable (SP2?), but would like t
    hear more experiences before I decide what to do




    Acer Aspire 4520-5458, AMD Athlon 64 x2 TK-57 (1.9 gHz), 1gb RAM, 120g
    HDD, Atheros AR5007EG Wireless, Realtek HD Audio, Windows Vista Hom
    Premium (32-bit)
    dan1701a, May 14, 2008
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    dan1701a Guest

    Huh. Nobody has a response


    Acer Aspire 4520-5458, AMD Athlon 64 x2 TK-57 (1.9 gHz), 1gb RAM, 120g
    HDD, Atheros AR5007EG Wireless, Realtek HD Audio, Windows Vista Hom
    Premium (32-bit)
    dan1701a, May 16, 2008
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    Shadow Guest

    Hello dan1701a,
    Ok, do the following and everything will be fine:
    1. Open "Task-Manager" ( Run as Administrator )
    2. Choose the "Services" tab
    3. Now click on the "Services..." button ( bottom )
    4. "Services" window is open now and you are in "Services (Local)"
    5. Now search in that list for the following: "Superfetch"
    6. When you found it press "right-click" on it and choose "Properties"
    7. A new window is open now ( called "Superfetch Properties ( Local Computer
    )" )
    8. Now select the "General" tab and you must to see there "Service Status"
    and some buttons like "Start", "Stop", "Pause", "Resume".
    9. Choose the "Startup type:" to "Manual" and make the "Service status" to
    10. Apply your add ( Click on Apply Button ) and see if your hard-disk is
    used like before.

    I am waiting your reply. Thank You,
    Shadow, Jul 7, 2008
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