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Windows 7: What is being copied or transferred ?


10 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
What is being copied or transferred ?

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and for some time now my machine will periodically start transferring or copying date from one place to another. At least that is what it sounds like. When this is happening my machine becomes unusable. It happens at various time but mostly when I start to use it after start up.

Any ideas anyone ?


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10 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Are you using any kind of backup program ?
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10 Apr 2014   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Well, you have an old CPU and a hard drive that may well be older than the CPU.

Windows has certain "housekeeping" tasks that it does periodically. That would be my guess. It just takes longer and is more work in your case considering the age of your hardware.

There is some chance you have something else going on that might be revealed by info on your processes, memory usage, etc from Task Manager.

I assume the noise you refer to is just hard drive chatter--reading and writing for whatever reason?
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10 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

None at all. I use Acronis to make a eSata clone when needed.
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10 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Is it defragmenting ?

How do you know it`s copying or moving files ?

As Ignatz suggested look at task manager when it`s doing it.

Your pc shouldn`t do anything without you telling it to
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10 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Well, you have an old CPU and a hard drive that may well be older than the CPU.

Windows has certain "housekeeping" tasks that it does periodically. That would be my guess. It just takes longer and is more work in your case considering the age of your hardware.

There is some chance you have something else going on that might be revealed by info on your processes, memory usage, etc from Task Manager.

I assume the noise you refer to is just hard drive chatter--reading and writing for whatever reason?
Yes, the noise is the Hard Drive chatter. And at the moment I am using the same hard drive that came with the machine 1TB Seagate Barracuda.

My own suspicion has been what you suggested that Windows is doing some sort of housekeeping, but how do I find out, and why has it not always done this ?
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10 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Ugh, Open Task Manger and click the processes tab. Then check the list for anything using the cpu.

Also click the performance tab and check the cpu usage.
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10 Apr 2014   #8

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OK; I thought you were using the 250 gb drive listed in your specs.

When it's noisy, look in Task Manager at the processes tab; sort the processes by clicking the CPU column. What's at the top of that list.

You could also look at the performance tab of Task Manager and click on Resource Monitor. When it opens, look at the disk tab to see what's going on with the disk.

Right now, you could type disk defrag into the start box and look at Disk Defragmenter. Let it analyze your drive. It will show you if it is fragmented. If you have defrag set to run on a certain schedule that could be the problem. Maybe it hadn't run much before because the drive has rarely been fragmented to any degree.

But it could be some other process entirely.

What do you have checked in the startup tab of msconfig?
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10 Apr 2014   #9

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This is the memory usage just a few moments ago while idle.


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10 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Neither one of us said to check the memory usage.
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