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Windows 7: Hard drive Constantly running

17 Jul 2011   #1

Windows XP
 
 
Hard drive Constantly running

Greetings all. Ive been having an issue with my PC and im hoping for some help.

This is a computer i built, and its been marvelous. It has a Core2Quad 2.4ghz, 4gb 667mhz ram and a 500gb Hdd.

My problem has been that the hard drive wont stop read/writing. Even after its been left alone over night, and for hours on end, ill look at it and it'll still be active. Its also extremely sluggish, even after a clean install of Windows 7, which i know is because of the hard drive.

Im wondering if i can get a second, third or fouth opinion... but im thinking that the HDD might be bad and its time for a new one. Ive tried reinstalling windows, and its still slow to load, and take for-freaking-ever to boot.

Thank you for any assistance.

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17 Jul 2011   #2

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Run the tests from the hard drive manufacturer.
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17 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you recently upgraded your BIOS, that could cause constant HDD activity.

Type resmon into the Start/Search, enter, open the Disk Tab and you can see what the drive is doing.
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17 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Are you ruining XP or Windows 7? What are you looking at to determine your drive is overly active? It's normal for Windows to write to the disk about every second or so. Right click the task bar then click Start Task Manager.
Click on the Performance tab then at the bottom click on Resource Monitor. At the top of Resource Monitor window, click the Disk tab. This will show what disk activity is occurring and the file names.

About in the center of the page, you should see something like this:


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17 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Ops. Britton30 gave you quicker way to get to it. While I was still typing. Sorry.
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18 Jul 2011   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oskiee,

Downlaod, install, and run the free CCleaner.

After cleaning with CCleaner, then carry out this procedure:

LIST OF STARTUP PROGRAMS USING CCLEANER


CCleaner | Tasks icon | Startup tab | click on Save to text file button (bottom right side)

Using the PAPER CLIP icon in the top panel of a Message Reply window, attach the .txt file generated by CCleaner.
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18 Jul 2011   #7

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Oskiee,

Downlaod, install, and run the free CCleaner.

After cleaning with CCleaner, then carry out this procedure:

LIST OF STARTUP PROGRAMS USING CCLEANER


CCleaner | Tasks icon | Startup tab | click on Save to text file button (bottom right side)

Using the PAPER CLIP icon in the top panel of a Message Reply window, attach the .txt file generated by CCleaner.
Its a fresh install of windows, so start up programs are a non-issue, and anyway, simply by habit im very anal of start up programs. All ive installed so far are updates and Chrome.

Ive watched the resource monitor, and some times its showing svchost as the most r/w, but even if the current tasks is clear, the HDD is still going nuts. and even with the fresh install with nothing else installed its taking atleast 7 mins to finish booting.
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18 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Ops. Britton30 gave you quicker way to get to it. While I was still typing. Sorry.
It happens to me all the time.
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18 Jul 2011   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oskiee.

LIST OF STARTUP PROGRAMS USING CCLEANER


CCleaner | Tasks icon | Startup tab | click on Save to text file button (bottom right side)

Using the PAPER CLIP icon in the top panel of a Message Reply window, attach the .txt file generated by CCleaner.
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18 Jul 2011   #10

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oskiee View Post
...Its a fresh install of windows...
Is the Indexing service running? The first few days of any fresh install it runs almost non-stop trying to keep tabs on everything.
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