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Willy Jonasty Jan 27, 2006, 01:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys,
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.

Any help would be appreciated.

-Will


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Gerritt Jan 27, 2006, 05:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
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.

Gerritt

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Lawrence O. Wilson Jan 27, 2006, 06:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
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.

Willy Jonasty Jan 27, 2006, 08:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
I am on a network, but I have antivirus and I run anti-spyware... I am in IT and I generally know what I am doing with spyware, viruses, and trojans. I am confident that it is not that...

any more ideas?

-Thanks, -Will

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A_Pickle Jan 27, 2006, 08:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
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.
-Pikl

Willy Jonasty Jan 28, 2006, 07:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 28, 2006, 07:49pm EST

 
>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
Yeah, antivirus I turned off and it still did it is off and my school is behind a firewall...

Perhaps I should unplug my computer from the net....

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Willy Jonasty Feb 06, 2006, 05:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
It is still in use...

Does anyone have any ideas? If I reformat and install virus software and anti-spyware before I plug in my computer to the internet do you think that will solve the problem?

Any ideas?

Thanks
-Will

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Afrow UK Feb 06, 2006, 05:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
Have you checked the CPU usage of all the running tasks?

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Willy Jonasty Feb 06, 2006, 07:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
yah, not sure what it is...


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john albrich Feb 06, 2006, 07:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
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.

John

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Willy Jonasty Feb 08, 2006, 03:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
Hey, great program... It has told me exactly what is accessing my hard drive.

Apparently it is svchost.exe 1008 for the most part. It is always accessing my hard drive, and occasionally spoolsv.exe 1420 accesses it too...Any ideas? Anyone know what those are?

Thanks
-WIll

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Enermax Liberty 620 Watt PSU
Gerritt Feb 08, 2006, 06:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
For process and DLL identification check out http://www.processlibrary.com/

Gerritt

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Ashraf Uddin Apr 18, 2009, 08:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
Do you have quicktime or itunes installed on your computer? I had the same problem too and did a full clean uninstall of both applications using revo uninstaller and Bam!! the problem was gone

Sean Costello Apr 18, 2009, 09:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
3 years too late

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Dave Apr 18, 2009, 10:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Hard Drive always in use
If it's the windows indexing thing, right click your c drive, go to properties and uncheck "Allow indexing service...". Otherwise I don't know.

3 years late pfft.


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