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Windows 7: Hard drive usage

14 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Hard drive usage

I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?


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14 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Indexing and defragging when the system is not under load. Also prefeteching applications and caching them into RAM so they launch quicker the next time you need them.
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14 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You can also open the "resource monitor" and hit the "disk" tab and see for yourself what it's doing.

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14 Nov 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You may also want to go to task manager. Your computer is scheduled to perform certain tasks when different criteria are met. For example, system image once a day, defrag once a month (I eliminated that one, I will decide when to defrag), etc.
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14 Nov 2009   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digimoto64 View Post
I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?
Hi and welcome

Sure win 7 uses memory and cache differently than XP did. More effective. How much ram do you have and are you 32biit or 64? You can also check the cache size in your system control panel.

Let us know

Ken J
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15 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Thanks

No idea they had made all these changes to the task manager, thanks for the fast response guys, btw I have 2GB RAM 64bit.
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