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Windows 7: New SSD C drive but what is accessing 3 old HDD's in turn every second

12 Aug 2012   #1

Windows Seven Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New SSD C drive but what is accessing 3 old HDD's in turn every second

Upgraded & re built my PC from 7 32bit to 7 64bit with new, Mobo, CPU, Ram, & Intel 520 SSD C drive.
I kept the old HDD's in the case attached via sata, but now when working only on the new SSD something is accessing each of the old HDD's in turn every second. When I first started up the new configuration at first the old drives were silent ie no read/write activity, but now they are on continuously although I never access them. I would like them to spin down to stop when not needed. Indexing is only active for the C drive, also I have Iolo System Mechanic Pro installed c/w it's Anti V & Anti Malware. Win 7 32bit is still installed on one of the old HD's in a dual boot type senario, from the Bios screen.
I've got Process Hacker 2, & Process monitor loaded and looked at the results but failed to identify the process accessing the 3 HDD's every second.
Anyone got any good ideas, as to where I go next?
Thanks,
pme2


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12 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi

1stly, it is most likely that boot manager and other hidden files have been installed to one of the mechanical drives which in turn is making them spin up occasionally (this happened because you had the other drives attached while you installed windows on to C:\)
2ndly System Mechanic Pro will spin up the drives and IMO does more harm than good, i suggest you ditch such software that claim to be all singing and all dancing...9/10 they don't do anything good

the above said though i have a similar issue because i left in the other drives (i don't care much to do anything about it until i need a full clean install still going strong for over a year now) though i was given the solution but never acted upon i suggest you await a more experienced member in this department to come to you aid
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12 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Ripbox had some good suggestions. -- When you installed Windows on the SSD, did you only have the SSD connected to your mother board or did you have the HD's connected also? If you could use your Snipping Tool to give us a screen shot of your Disk Management expanded, that would let us look at how your PC is set up. Thanks,
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12 Aug 2012   #4

Windows Seven Home Premium 64bit
 
 
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Thanks Guys,
The "other Drive's" were not connected when installing the new Win 7 64.
Disk Management snip attached.
Regards
pme2

PS-Ripbox, what do mean by "IMO"?
I'm awhere that many people frown upon the all singing all dancing fix it all apps like Iolo System Machanic Pro, I've had it for many years ...but I'm open to education re this issue, are they really that bad? Perhaps a different thread...


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12 Aug 2012   #5

Windows Seven Home Premium 64bit
 
 
My PC Snip.

[QUOTE=pme2;2047590]Thanks Guys,
The "other Drive's" were not connected when installing the new Win 7 64.
Disk Management snip attached.
Regards
pme2

Also here's a snip of "My Computer", showing my Goflex back up External HD unit.


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12 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

IMO - In my opinion (as with 90% of techsperts) system mechanic is known to be deadly to your system
Products like those tend to be over zealous, sometime deleting important system files and registry keys, giving false positives and making the user panic.... mostly in order to keep your custom ($)
As i stated above this kind of software can also become a huge resource hog thus my suggestion that this could also be the reason for your discs spinning up as system mechanic is over reacting and unnecessarily scanning your inactive drives and free space
Most techsperts will only recommend a limited number of free software that will keep you safe as safe can be
i.e Spybot search and destroy, Malwarebytes and Avats being ample, and for the paranoid/OCD people Ccleaner
Nothing much more than that is needed and they are all free and consistently come highly recommended by any critic

I took a look at your Images and cant see anything a miss though im tired so excuse me if i have (seem cleaner than mine) but i am leaning more toward the system mechanic

Edit: it could be worth making a shot of your task manger list to see if we can see anything else
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12 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Your D:, G: and E: drives are all marked Active. You can use the Diskpart command to make them inactive. Partition - Mark as Inactive == H: is marked as OS, but that is your old one is that correct? The SSD is your C: drive and that is where Win 7 is, right? Did you go into your Bios and change the boot order so that your DVD is the first to boot and the SSD is the second to boot? Let us know. == I don't know if this will be the answer to your problems, but this is a place to start and see how your PC operates after those three are marked inactive. Your 100 MB System Reserved should be Active.
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13 Aug 2012   #8

Windows Seven Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Your D:, G: and E: drives are all marked Active. You can use the Diskpart command to make them inactive. Done D, G, & E now inactive.
Partition - Mark as Inactive ==
H: is marked as OS, but that is your old one is that correct? Correct.
The SSD is your C: drive and that is where Win 7 is, right? Win 7 64 Correct.
Did you go into your Bios and change the boot order so that your DVD is the first to boot and the SSD is the second to boot? Yes that is the boot sequence.

Let us know. == I don't know if this will be the answer to your problems, but this is a place to start and see how your PC operates after those three are marked inactive. Your 100 MB System Reserved should be Active.
I'll reboot & see how that works...
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13 Aug 2012   #9

Windows Seven Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Oh dear no, still accessing every second, in this order H, G/F, E, milliseconds between them. I can can hear them, and feel them vibrate when they do, I've got the side cover off.
What do you think?
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13 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pme2 View Post
Oh dear no, still accessing every second, in this order H, G/F, E, milliseconds between them. I can can hear them, and feel them vibrate when they do, I've got the side cover off.
What do you think?
Could you do another Disk Management screen shot. Maybe I can see something else. Thanks,
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