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Windows 7: Outlook 2007 thrashing disc


26 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 SP1
 
 
Outlook 2007 thrashing disc

Greetings,

(Running Windows 7 x64, Outlook 2007, MSE and a bunch more)

It seems that FAR too often, I hear my hard drive being accessed....to the point I'd call it thrashing. It's probably some setting I have set, and some program (Windows 7? Outlook? Win Backup?) is just doing what I told it to do...regardless, I want it to STOP! (lol?)

I am not having serious performance issues since my RAM, CPU, Disc and MoBo combo seems to be handling this repetitious task fairly handily. Still, it just seems to be happening too much...like every 10 or 15 minutes (or less) for 5 minutes of munch munch munch munch...(I have not timed it - just guessing)

I opened the Resource Monitor and see that the Disc area reports that under the Image column, either "System" OR "OUTLOOK.EXE" are the most active.

(I am unfamiliar with the meaning or significance of the "PID"s)

I have run chkdsk /f on both of my data drives ("D" and "R"), and have run Outlook's Inbox Repair Tool. (SCANPST I think it's called)

I have right-clicked every folder in Outlook and disabled archiving everywhere I could find - and did the same thing from the main menu's Tools>Options>Other>Auto Archive area .....and even after saying "no" to archiving, several of my archive folders (names I created like "Archive 003") STILL seem to be busy per the Resource Monitor!!! What's up with that?

This is driving me crazy - like the death by 1000 cuts, or the water drop torture. It almost seems almost like a Windows backup thing? I'm afraid I am losing my mind and plead for a methodical, step-by-step plan to discover what's happening, and, of course, the solution.

I have booted into Safe Mode while physically disconnected from the router. Waited a bit. Started Outlook (OL)...watched files become active within Resource Monitor. Wondered why the archive folders that I created some time ago (ex: Archive 003, 004, 005, etc) were displayed at all. Made adjustments to Resource Monitor so I could see stuff (with Safe Mode Giant font). Then it started...munch munch munch munch munch.

Noticed at first about 8 "OUTLOOK" files running, then 4, then 10 or 15? -then more...

One of the most active is always D:\program Files\Outlook\Active Outlook Folders\Outlook.pst

Skipped over the Safe Mode with Networking test.

Re-started normally. All was calm. Started OL and several files appeared....4, then 8 (I think). Again I wonder why the "Archive 00X" folders I've made are active.

I believe there is a relationship between all the thrashing/extra activity and send/receive mail (<--set for every 10 minutes; executes when OL is started, too)

MANY entries go active after I hit send/receive (F9). Turned off Outlook's send/receive and all was quiet for a LONG time...maybe 15 minutes? Then, like the zombies...it came back: munch munch munch munch munch munch.

I thought Indexing was turned off (no boxes checked) in Outlooks Search Options. I just unchecked all but the Personal Folders and Closed OL for some peace.

Ran Malwarebytes AntiMalware and it came up clean. I use MSE for real-time coverage. Someone suggested not integrating an antivirus program with Outlook, yet I am not quite sure what that means. Should I exclude any Outlook folders from being scanned by MSE? I feel a little foggy about this...

Please see the attached images. I hope they can provide substantial clues. Does "System Volume Information" have something to do with backups?

Help!?!

TIA

drcarl


Since my C: drive is a small SSD, and since I wanted to give the CPU and discs something constructive to do for a while, I stopped Outlook, turned off Windows' Indexing completely, changed the index location to my D drive and am re-indexing.



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Outlook 2007 thrashing disc-outlook_still_-thrashing_2012-10-25-uncompressed.jpg   Outlook 2007 thrashing disc-outlook_still_-thrashing_more_002_2012-10-25-compressed.jpg   Outlook 2007 thrashing disc-omg_2012-10-26_1.png  
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26 Oct 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

How about a run with SuperAntiSpyware if you think you have a rider on board?

SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
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27 Oct 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Outlook accessing System Volume Information looks very suspicious to me, as stated above, run malwarebytes or superantispyware and see if it stops.
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27 Oct 2012   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep there are plenty of other free on call scans perhaps even one for a rootkit might be handy.

One that springs to mind is How to remove malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon)? < see screen shots of what you may come up with.
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28 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 SP1
 
 

Here’s my update

I have run (and have logs where appropriate) the following
SuperAntiSpyware (SAS)
Rogue Killer
Malwarebytes Anti Malware
TDSSKiller
MGTools (including hijackthis)

SAS removed about 75 cookies. The software reports these as a potential, moderate threat. 5 of these had red icons that resemble a bio-hazard symbol. Things (the disc) seemed quieter after these were removed.

I am confident now that this thrashing only happens when Outlook is up an running. The munch and crunch sound start after perhaps 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity.

Resource Monitor reports (see attached) a couple of files as active. They are
System - D:\Program Files\Outlook\Active Outlook Folders\Outlook.pst
OUTLOOK.EXE - D:\Program Files\Outlook\Active Outlook Folders\Outlook.pst

I would like to know what is making Outlook work the four files highlighted in the attached screen grab so much....and how to stop it.

Even though this is probably some basic aspect of Outlook that I just don’t understand, I guess I’ll run Spybot – SearchAndDestroy. It found “Win32.downloader.bltu” in the root and removed it.

I hope someone can educate/guide me....


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28 Oct 2012   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Just so we have this right you have two drives? Because the problem certainly looks to come from the D: drive.

That you have found so much stuff in here already is very suspicious too. As a matter of curiosity what security system are you running? Plus are the Windows Updates up to date?

I would be very inclined to run a Seatools test on that drive too just in case it might be a mechanical issue . It certain wouldn't hurt and maybe eliminate another cause, and there again it may even flick up a problem with the drive.
Another physical test is a surface test on the drive with Partition Wizard.

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
http://partitionwizard.com/partition-manager-server.html?gclid=CKKe9eCporMCFQVcpQodQQ8AmQ
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28 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 SP1
 
 

Greetings,

DRIVES:

C: SSD - only 80 GB but it's fast. I run the OS and a few others there. I try to keep most software on....
D: a 1 TB drive -programs and data. Then there is ....
R: another 1 TB drive. Windows 7 backup. It was supposed to be configured as RAID 1 but the frickin company didn't do it. Now too late, it's kinda hard to make it a RAID 1 now, so I let Windows put a massive backup on there (776 GB used), though not enough for an (what's it called?) --an Image or something. Then there is ...
F: an external drive for stuff.
None are partitioned. All are individual physical drives.
Of course there are the drive letter assignments for the DVD and for when I plug in my phone.

SECURITY:

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and the Windows 7 Firewall. I do system-wide scans perhaps weekly. More frequent than that I clean things up with CCleaner which I (today) reinstalled ~without~ the perhaps too robust CCleaner Enhancer. I run Malwarebytes anti-malware and anti spyware programs at my whim.

UPDATES:

I follow Woody Leonhard at AskWoody.com for advice on when to update. Therefore, my updates usually lag behind the crowd by a week or two (or three). This allows all the other users to have problems and to find solutions without me having to offer-up my system as a guinea pig for a MS experiment. So, I am updated as of the last batch, but not the current batch which, in light of this problem, I am tempted to perform anyway.

I'll run the Partition Magic and SeaTools programs.

Thanks for your consideration of the frustrating issue.
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28 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 SP1
 
 

SeaTools seemed like a hassle (where and how to instal the .NET framework 4 or something...

Ran Partition Magic's surface test: no errors.

Also installed updates

Thanks for the suggestions
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28 Oct 2012   #9

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Right now that .Net Framework 4 stuff is really something you should have on anyways. Yes that Enhancer is a bit much for me too so I just run CC.

Now without sounding a bit off you are not doing yourself a favour by letting things get a bit sloppy in that fact that you state you let that site update you. I am just wondering what with, because your Windows Update and MSE should be set to auto at very least.

Now what about defragmenting - you should have it set to do the two HDD's and on a manual basis but not the SSD it should be in TRIM. That is an inbuilt system of letting the SSD get rid of garbage etc

Now I don't know about RAID and if like you say it isn't running a RAID set up then maybe it might be as well to disconnect that ?R: drive. Personally and this is just me I do not like large drives full stop because if it goes down the gurgler you are left with a lot of data - gone.

Just remind if you would the Outlook is that wholly on the D: drive? Only now I am beginning to think that it might be an idea to grab all the data of that drive and wipe it format it and reinstall the Outlook.
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28 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 SP1
 
 

---------------- answers below after dashes like this (too lazy to edit multiple quotes for context)

Right now that .Net Framework 4 stuff is really something you should have on anyways.
---------------- then I'll have to research how to install it because I hit a bump in the road and didn't care to spend another half day derailed. thanks for the suggestion


Yes that Enhancer is a bit much for me too so I just run CC.
---------------- agreed

Now without sounding a bit off
---------------- no worries; it's up to me how and what to take - lol

you are not doing yourself a favour by letting things get a bit sloppy in that fact that you state you let that site update you.
---------------- actually, I said, or meant to say that I don't update until that site says it's OK. I do updating with Windows Update, just a week or two after the updates are released. Updates have been known to break things. I avoid that and still get updated. Visit that site and see if Woody is right when he says "Auto updating is for chumps." lol

I am just wondering what with, because your Windows Update and MSE should be set to auto at very least.
---------------- MSE gets updated frequently
---------------- Windows get's updated when it safe to do so
---------------- (Every day I click on Woody's site. Defcon 2= no updates. Def 4=update is safe

Now what about defragmenting - you should have it set to do the two HDD's and on a manual basis but not the SSD it should be in TRIM. That is an inbuilt system of letting the SSD get rid of garbage etc
---------------- I defrag the two HDDs manually and don't defrag the SSD.
---------------- I will be interested to learn what TRIM is (I typed "fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify" into an elevated command prompt and am advised that TRIM is enables {that's the Win 7 default, I believe} - still, thanks for this

Now I don't know about RAID and if like you say it isn't running a RAID set up then maybe it might be as well to disconnect that ?R: drive. Personally and this is just me I do not like large drives full stop because if it goes down the gurgler you are left with a lot of data - gone.
---------------------- HAHAHAHAH - disable a 1 TB drive and what? put it in a drawer? LOL. Since making it a RAID 1 is impossible without reinstalling ~everything~ I am tempted to have R: mirror D: like it was supposed to be doing in the first place. I have yet to put together and understand a sensible backup...I know, so spank me - lol

Just remind if you would the Outlook is that wholly on the D: drive?
---------------------- it operates out of the D: drive, though I do have a backup of the .pst on the R: drive.

Only now I am beginning to think that it might be an idea to grab all the data of that drive and wipe it format it and reinstall the Outlook.
---------------------- I am tending to agree with this.
---------------------- Some of my reading mentions something about OL faltering when it gets too big. The old limit in 2002, or 2003 or before was something like 2 GB (or was that MB? - lol). My .pst is at 8 GB now and includes mail from 2010 which could (and probably should) certainly be stored in some other folder. This size thing MIGHT be the culprit. I just have to find someone who really knows OL (I must develop a step-by-step game plan).....gotta love the internet - they're out there somewhere!

Best,

~drcarl
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