I just reformatted windows and have a fresh install. Updates and half life 2 are the only things I have installed.
So, my hard drive light is ALWAYS flickering. Every second it flashes. I can hear the hard drive go too, so I know it is working. I don't know what this could be. I have taken everything out of the startup menu and I have also turned off system restore, but I still have the same problem.
It could be the indexing service, what was once called Fast Find.
My XP64 box does the same thing, but this is due to the Seti@home process.
Take a look at your processes and try to eliminate those that are not necessary (use msconfig).
Some small amount of disk access is normal, but if you're not running anything you may want to examine your process list for a culprit that you don't need.
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You are on the network, do you have a Firewall and Anti virus software? Your hard drive only works if it is being written to or read from! If you do not have the programs above, your hard drive is already hosed with MALWARE and you are probley getting more of it.
Well... anti-virus would probably be it. Most anti-virus applications, when they aren't performing full system scans, are doing "real-time" scans. When doing this, they scan a file, one at a time, and not very frequently so as not to hog system resources. Still, it is a read function off your hard drive, so that's probably it.
....Oh and uh... you might want a firewall, too.
Use freeware program "filemon" to identify what programs are accessing the disks. Filemon is extremely flexible and quite powerful. Has intuitive interface and excellent filtering options.
As an IT person, I think you'll really like it.
I found that even with my AV supposedly turned-off from the user-accessible panel, it was STILL executing disk I/O at the average rate of 240 I/O ops per sec. I had to go in to Task Manager and stop tasks.
The way it APPEARED to the naked eye was like short once per second disk accesses with longer accesses every 10 seconds or so, with.accesses indicated by LED.