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Windows 7: What is it that's booting up my external hard drives?

15 Sep 2013   #11
tbcam88

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Found that tutorial that might help you trace events:

Devices - See Devices that are able to Wake Up the Computer

Also, is there some "Allow Wake Timers" set in your power plan settings turned ON?
That's a neat CMD script matey but it seems to be in relation to waking the computer from sleep status (same with the "Allow Wake Timers" setting), in my case the computer is still running as normal (just sitting idle while I'm AFK).

Gonna have to go through the processes one by one me thinks. I'll start with Norton, that seems most plausible!

Cheers.


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15 Sep 2013   #12
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Could it be Windows Defragger?
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15 Sep 2013   #13
tbcam88

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Could it be Windows Defragger?
Hmmmm... Had a look but it seems to be disabled from scheduled runs.



Could it be active elsewhere do you think? Windows Defender is disabled also...
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15 Sep 2013   #14
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Do you have any software that looks for files? I was just wracking my brains to think what the heck this would be, sorry I can't be of more help.
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15 Sep 2013   #15
tbcam88

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Do you have any software that looks for files? I was just wracking my brains to think what the heck this would be, sorry I can't be of more help.
Yeah, it's a tough one mate. Got me stumped so far... Can't think what else could be responsible, there's nothing obvious at present anyway. I'll start with Norton and report back with results. Thanks for the input!
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15 Sep 2013   #16
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Could be the real-time scanning in Norton.
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15 Sep 2013   #17
tbcam88

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Could be the real-time scanning in Norton.
Turns out you can't fully disable Norton... In order to exit the program completely I would need to uninstall it (last resort!).

I'll try running "Silent Mode" first and foremost. This cancels all alerts/background scans. Fingers crossed!
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15 Sep 2013   #18
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

No idea about that, sorry. I use McAfee and I can uncheck Network Drives from the real-time scan, external media I can set it to only scan files as I use them.
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15 Sep 2013   #19
tbcam88

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Progress! I stumbled upon the "Resource Monitor" earlier which does pretty much exactly what I was looking for.



As you can see, it was "svchost.exe" which caused the G:\ drive (Western Digital) to wake. I can't find this "$Mft" directory present on the drive, however.

Both "Show hidden files and folders" and "Hide protected Operating System files" are set accordingly so I can't quite out why this is the case...

Anyone any ideas?
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15 Sep 2013   #20
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Have you try to run CHKDSK System file checker on that particular disk?

Also could be Superfetch, Shadow Copy running in the background, looks also the PID is low and some tells it is normal

There's related infos here

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There are a couple of things that Windows does in the background:
  • Search and install updates,
  • Index documents for search,
  • Prefetch frequently used files,
  • Defragment the hard drive.
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