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Windows 7: Why does my Hard Drive Activity Light Constantly Blink

29 Dec 2009   #11
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Indexing

matter of fact you can turn off indexing itself and that will help a lot


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29 Dec 2009   #12
ajamminman

Windows 7
 
 

You wouldn't think a newly installed OS would be fragmented. I'll give that a try.
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29 Dec 2009   #13
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Upgraded

you said you upgraded and if the Vista was not defragged before the upgrade now it's a mess in there yes always defrag after
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29 Dec 2009   #14
ajamminman

Windows 7
 
 

Interesting. I actually upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and did a clean install.
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29 Dec 2009   #15
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It may be true that Windows is indexing. How about leaving it on overnight, and posting back tomorrow morning if it is still blinking.
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29 Dec 2009   #16
Jambe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I have the same problem on several computers, and some computers that don't have the problem. There are thousands of users who have this problem (ask Google) and no one has been able to provide a valid answer.

It is not indexing, it is not internet, it is not "how Windows is supposed to work", it is not USB, it is not DVD drive. It is not likely HDD as it occurs with both WD and Seagate drives. I haven't ruled out BIOS as all my computers use Award. Black tape over the light is not a valid answer.

I am trying to get around to asking Fred Langa if he has any idea what causes this blinking.
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29 Dec 2009   #17
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Blinking

A certain amount of blinking is not abnormal there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes so to speak but heavy constant hard drive use can be an issue.
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30 Dec 2009   #18
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Are your SATA and HD drivers up-to-date?
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30 Dec 2009   #19
smarteyeball

 
 

If you want to know what it is doing, just use the resource monitor / disk activity (type: Resource in the start menu)

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30 Dec 2009   #20
ajamminman

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If you want to know what it is doing, just use the resource monitor / disk activity (type: Resource in the start menu)

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I have used the Resource Monitor but I can not determine what activity is abnormal. Page File and a couple of other processes are the highest (I mention them in my first post) but how do you determine if they are using the disk more than they should?
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