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Windows 7: What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?

29 Oct 2014   #1
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?

MY SYSTEM: I use Windows 7 in a Dell Inspiron 660 computer with 4 GB of memory and an Intel i3 3.40 GHz CPU. (More details at Windows 7 Help Forums - View Profile: zarfs)

I have two hard drives.

The first hard drive contains the C: and E: volumes. The C: volume contains the Windows operating system. The E: volume contains my data files.

The second hard drive is G: and contains more data files.

THE PROBLEM: While in Windows, my hard drive indicator light flashes constantly and rhythmically, and I can hear one of the drives constantly reading or writing.

WHAT I'VE TRIED: I turned off Windows Indexing Service and disabled scheduled scans by Norton Internet Security, but that apparently had no effect.

I started Windows Resources Manager and have attached here some screen shots from it. I have also attached a list of what Windows Services are activated.

What's causing this annoyance, and what can I do to eliminate it?




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What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-1.-processes-disk-activity.png   What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-2.-disk-activity-partial-chart-.png   What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-3.-disk-activity-remainder-chart-.png   What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-4.-storage.png  
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29 Oct 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How about some more pictures of these. Their are many things that can cause this problem.



What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-msconfig-services.png

What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-msconfig-startup.png


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29 Oct 2014   #3
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
My system configuration and startup lists

Attached are the lists you wanted.


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What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-sys-config-1.png What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-sys-config-2.png What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-sys-config-3.png What's causing my HDD to run constantly, and how do I stop it?-sys-config-4.png 
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29 Oct 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Compare your pictures to my pictures and that should give you a good idea of one problem.
You do not need all those things starting at boot and running in the background.

I would suggest looking at #9 and 10 from this tutorial by Brink.

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30 Oct 2014   #5
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

I suggest that you run a virus scan. rubyw.exe Windows process - What is it?
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