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Windows 7: intense HD activity when not in use?

02 May 2014   #1
pappi

 
intense HD activity when not in use?

The blinking light that denotes HD activity sometimes blinks very rapidly(like the nanosecond ticker in Olympics race events) and lasts for several minutes, even when I am not using and with blank screen and (once) even when on sleep mode. And it happens randomly. I have no programmed/scheduled scans other than once a week MSE which runs when I am asleep.

Task Manager does not help to ID this intense HD activity(unless I just don't know how to use it).

What to do? Can't just ignore it. It's eating me up. It makes me paranoid, "Am I being hacked, or something?"


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02 May 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

even if your not touching your computer windows is still accessing your hard drives constantly and doing things in the back ground.
its normal, to see if its a rogue app open task manager and click the top of the cpu usage column, it will put the hugest usage at the top. if nothing goes about 5-10% dont worry.

and theres a simple test for your paranoid hacking theory disconnect from the internet.. does it still happen? if yes uts not someone trying to steal pictures of you in your underpants!!
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02 May 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Do you have any disk defragmenting scheduled ?

As Adam says, your hard drive light is always gonna blink, but the sound of a hard drive working can be annoying, save up for a solid state drive
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02 May 2014   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

My WD Caviar Black does it now and again if I have Origin or Steam open, they're the two programs I have installed on that drive as well as my games. Sometimes other programs will update, I know my Steam account syncs and downloads game updates regularly.
Windows will do more so, that's why I have mine on an SSD as AddRAM recommends.
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02 May 2014   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, all my hard disk drives spin down and go to sleep when I`m not using them.
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02 May 2014   #6
pappi

 

Luckily, it's just blinking light, absolutely no sound.

Is there a way to find out what kind of HD is installed? I purchased this old used HP Pavilion and seller claimed he installed new HD. Therefore, I cannot go by HP support website for OEM hardware info.
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02 May 2014   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

You can download and run Pririform Speccy which will give you the information.
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02 May 2014   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And you can look at disk drives in device manager.
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03 May 2014   #9
pappi

 

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Device manager says it's ATA. Does that mean I do not have the better HD(SSD)?


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03 May 2014   #10
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
DWM

On my PC, dwm.exe regularly accesses my HDD, even when I'm not doing anything (bursts of activity lasting 15s - 20s).
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