Why does Vista like my hard drive so much?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Brett, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Brett

    Brett Guest

    I have Vista RTM installed on a new box. I see the hard drive light
    continuously flicker. I can also hear the hard drive lightly crunching in
    spirts. It never stops. When I watching this, nothing is going on with the

    Is this normal? Doesn't seem helpful to the hard drive's overall life

    Brett, Dec 14, 2006
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  2. Brett

    Gary Mount Guest

    It is probably indexing the hard drive. After a few hours or days, this will
    Defragmenting of the hard drive could also be taking place. This is now
    automatic and too will reduce in frequency.
    Gary Mount, Dec 14, 2006
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  3. maybe virus or others may be copying files from your computer via netwrok
    °×üӥÍõ, Dec 14, 2006
  4. Depends on how long ago you installed. The initial indexing can take a
    while. Some say a couple of hours, some say a couple of days. You will get
    an extended period of drive activity following installation. Powering down
    and then powering up again is a lot more harmful to a drive. The torque
    generated during spinup is the most frequent failure point.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 14, 2006
  5. Brett

    Opinicus Guest

    Can indexing and automatic defragmenting be turned off?
    Opinicus, Dec 14, 2006
  6. Brett

    David Wright Guest

    If you go into the indexing options, in the control panel, you can remove
    the locations that are indexed. For the defrag, you can go into it's
    settings and turn of "scheduled" defrags.
    David Wright, Dec 14, 2006
  7. Background operations include:

    1. Indexing
    2. Defragmenting
    3. System Restore points
    4. AntiVirus checking (if you have any installed)
    5. AntiSpyware checking (Windows Defender is always running)
    6. Automatic updates
    7. Disk Cleanup



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Dec 14, 2006
  8. Brett

    MicroFox Guest

    this depends on what you want it to index...

    indexing of hard drives are for people who dont use their computer... lol

    On my computer too many files change too fast all the time... so indexing
    would NEVER stop!

    And as I have said before... this is something that will increase with
    time.. since people will start getting broadband connections 10 times what
    they have now...

    indexing is stupid.. it will never be able to keep up with the demand of the
    changing files...

    So if you use a computer to look at and have no internet connection then
    indexing is logical.. if not.... indexing is stupid.
    MicroFox, Dec 14, 2006
  9. Brett

    CJM Guest

    What has a broadband connection got to do with Indexing?

    Do you actually know what Indexing does and how it works?
    CJM, Dec 14, 2006
  10. Brett

    MicroFox Guest

    You tell me and lets see if you know.. lol

    MicroFox, Dec 14, 2006
  11. Brett

    Gary Guest

    He thinks indexing is going to index every web site on the internet.
    There is no way his files are changing faster then they can be indexed.
    He is just the local nut case.
    Gary, Dec 14, 2006
  12. Brett

    Nina DiBoy Guest

    Turn off Indexing. You'll be glad you did.

    Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:

    "Price is actually no factor in piracy..." spoken by
    Mike Brannigan

    "But I'm not insulting people. I'm insulting Linux Loonies..."
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    "No, I'm not sure. I was just making fun of Chad's typo."
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    More great quotes here:
    Nina DiBoy, Dec 14, 2006
  13. Brett

    Gary Guest

    "Turn off Indexing. You'll be glad you did."

    That is until you try to search for something.
    Gary, Dec 14, 2006
  14. Brett

    MicroFox Guest

    no stupid.. I am talking about the near future and i the case of some
    users, the present. Im not talking about web pages... geshhhh

    With new broadband connections, there will be Video channels that will be
    downloading shows, applications using torrent that will be downloading
    e-books, music not by clicking on links but automatically according you your
    preconfigured choices, or there will be programs that will "learn" what you
    like more and not even ask you what to download..
    it will download automatically and have the content ready and propose to you
    things to see that it knows that interests you. TV is going to die.. people
    will watch everything on the computer from the internet. Science fiction?

    This is totally possible and it will happen. Remember, vista will be around
    for several years.. and things are accelerating.
    Now if you are too dumb to understand that indexing cant keep up with all
    this flow of information what can I say?

    You might like to sit there with your vista machine indexing a few files you
    have on your drive.. and stay away from this flow of information, but I sure
    don't.. many of the above I am already implementing now...
    MicroFox, Dec 14, 2006
  15. Brett

    Gary Guest

    What a NUT. Everything you just said is NOT thousands of files dumb a**.
    Well within the ability to index all this information.
    Gary, Dec 14, 2006
  16. Brett

    MicroFox Guest

    It can be indexed but as I said this is a never ending flow of information..
    old files will be deleted and new ones will be replacing them constantly,
    there is no need to index.

    The claims that the hard drive will quiet down after indexing stops is
    a lie.. indexing will keep on indexing because information will never stop
    changing! Indexing is a dying technology... it cant keep up with the needs
    of the near future..

    I have seen this already happening...TODAY
    another technology should be implimented. NOT indexing...

    And the nightmare? You have to format the PCs boot drive.. and vista has to
    reindex all your 500.000 ebooks, 2.000 movies, 800.000 images and 1.000.000
    audio files....lol...

    We are talking about drives the size of several terrabytes, the size is
    growing even now alienware is selling a 3 terrabyte pc. .... unless a new
    technology is found to have solid state hard drives
    indexing will not be capable of doing the task.. why? Because the indexing
    of all these files will take weeks.. and in the mean time you wont be able
    to search ..fast,
    so whats the point?

    so indexing is not the solution... I have another idea in mind.. but I am
    not sharing it here.

    Gesh some people are very very slow to get the picture......
    MicroFox, Dec 14, 2006
  17. The larger the drive storage in the computer the more the need for indexing.

    In the XP newsgroups there are literally hundreds of questions (just in the
    past year) from people who downloaded a file and now can't find it. They
    haven't a clue as to where it went.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Dec 14, 2006
  18. Brett

    Gary Guest

    You just don't understand what broadband will do. It to deliver Audio and
    Video STREAMS not the files.
    I'm done talking to a idiot.
    Gary, Dec 14, 2006
  19. Brett

    MicroFox Guest

    so what is needed? more intelligent organization.. not a friken service that
    makes the HDD spin like a deamon is inside it...

    I predict that the most common question from now on will be >>


    MicroFox, Dec 14, 2006
  20. Brett

    Guest Guest

    Surely it's going to be how do you turn off UAC, Minicub, I would have
    thought you being so smart and intelligent and having used Vista far longer
    than anybody here, you'd be aware how popular/unpopular UAC is.

    Colin T
    Guest, Dec 14, 2006
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