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Windows 7: Why does my Hard Drive Activity Light Constantly Blink


29 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Why does my Hard Drive Activity Light Constantly Blink

Hi,

I upgraded my HP Pavilion a1540n Desktop to Windows 7 a week ago. Ever since, my hard drive light constantly blinks. After looking at the disk activity in the Windows Resource Monitor and doing some research I am leaning towards the page file as the problem. I am not sure if that is in fact the problem as there seems to be quite a few processes creating high disk activity, including Firefox profile cache, $Logfile, and MpWppTracing.bin. I only have 1GB of RAM. Would I be better served to add RAM before doing anything else like using Cacheman?

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29 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Do you actually have constant hard drive activity, or is the light just blinking?

~Lordbob
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29 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I actually have activity.
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29 Dec 2009   #4

 

It'll be the page file majorly, or perhaps Windows7 is still indexing archives.

More RAM will certainly reduce page file calls, however it won't stop this altogether unless you fit enough RAM to safely turn off physical paging.

Not tried turning off paging in Windows 7, however it used to be quite safe in XP when you had 4Gb or more of physical memory.
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29 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
A Couple Of Things

A couple of things I would do first I would make sure you have only the bare minimum applications that start up with Windows

Also after doing an upgrade like that get a good defrag utility like PerfectDisk and do a complete defrag and by complete I mean the locked system files most free defrag applications do not have the ability to do this but you can download a trial of PerfectDisk or O&O Defrag something like that this should help greatly.
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29 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Sorry if it's been asked already but, is it a blinking light every second? Or is it turned on without turning off?
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29 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

I will order 4GB of RAM tonight. I was trying not to spend that $150. I wouldn't mind so much but the disk activity seems to be causing recorded audio to skip. I do a lot of digitizing of cassettes and albums using Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio but I am unable to any since the upgrade.
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29 Dec 2009   #8

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Are you using 32 bit Windows 7 or 64 bit Windows 7 ?
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29 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

I am using the 32bit version and the blinking is steady about every second.
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29 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
File System Mess

I'm telling you your drive is working overtime trying to index all those scattered files do a good defrag and it will help reduce that disk activity.
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