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Windows 7: Media Browser Is Causing 100% Activty % on my SSD

03 Jun 2013   #11

Win7 (WMC), Win8 (laptop), Win7 (PC)

It does settle itself after 20-30 seconds (it might be less than this, but it feels like an eternity) and then fly through all actions I've performed. But then it'll freeze completely and the pattern repeats with various delays. It seems like it trying to find something it really needs and halts everything while it looks, then when its found it it does its stuff... but then it needs to find something else and performance again dies. Thats what it feels like anyway. It has to be disk related because the disk activity LED lights up and just stays on solidly. Meanwhile the CPU is doing almost nothing.

I dont understand how the SSD could be the weak link though. It is small, and does thrash like crazy when it slows down, but on the other hand its lightning fast compared to a HDD and so should be able to read and write still really rapily. And it still has almost a third of its space free.

Would it help do you suppose if I uninstalled it and reinstalled it to one of the big HDD's where it'll have hundreds of gigs to play with... albeit at the expense of living on a slower drive?

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05 Jun 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Yes, Its worth trying on a larger HDD
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05 Jun 2013   #13

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

if you see a small green dot in the bottom left corner of media browser, this means it is updating, and generally it checks your media folders for new additions ie films you've added to the collection.
as dude says its normal behavior for media browser .
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06 Jun 2013   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 100thIdiot View Post
Here we go, SP1 is installed and MB has been installed for some time so I would assume its already done whatever it needs to do to at startup. It definately seems to be disk related, the processor doesn't seem to be unduly stressed.

Also, my last drive was a very old 20GB HDD and that seemed to work fine. I thought the SSD would be a nice cheap upgrade (£34).

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Hi there
30GB is FAR too small -- also the "Cheap" price you paid was not so cheap if you think now for approx. double the price (I believe I saw one recently) SAMSUNG 830 series 128 GB SSD for 79 GBP - as this is (excellent) but its been superceeded by the Samsung 840 series 250 GB SSD.

Then install the OS and applications on the SSD and it should all be fine.

With your 30 GB disk there's probably a lot of paging / temporary file storage accesses happening and the disk is too small so it needs a lot of I/O accesses.

A decent sized W7 installation with a lot of applications will probably need around 40 - 50 GB anyway.
Disks (HDD's) are cheap now as well -- and if you use HDD's you need at least 7200 RPM with the largest size cache you can get.

The reason the SSD was active all the time is that it's a MUCH FASTER device than the old HDD -- and you probably might not have noticed the delay with the old HDD. By using an SSD that bottleneck is removed -- now you get the REAL cause of the problem --- insufficient Disk storage --- even if your machine could be fitted with 64 or 128 GB of internal RAM Windows would still require disks for normal OS operation.

Improving computer performance involves doing each step carefully -- when you remove one bottleneck the next one appears. In general though modern PC's don't have problems with lack of processor power. If they have more than 4GB RAM then 99% of problems will ALWAYS be due to SLOW DISKS or insufficient DISK size

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06 Jun 2013   #15

Win7 (WMC), Win8 (laptop), Win7 (PC)

OK thanks all, looks like I'm in the market for a new SSD. Is there a recommended minimum size I should be looking for to suit MB? And Jimbo, could you point me at those Samsungs you found. Many thanks!

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06 Jun 2013   #16

Windows 10 Pro X64

I'm not familar with UK places to buy but here is a start until someone else post

Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (MZ-7TD250KW) - PCPartPicker United Kingdom
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06 Jun 2013   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

My post #4 stated the ssd was to small but some how it got over looked. Thank you all for the verification.
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06 Jun 2013   #18

Windows 10 Pro X64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
My post #4 stated the ssd was to small but some how it got over looked. Thank you all for the verification.
Yes you did Layback bear, I don't think it was overlooked, Jimbo and Golden just reiterated it.
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07 Jun 2013   #19

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 100thIdiot View Post
OK thanks all, looks like I'm in the market for a new SSD. Is there a recommended minimum size I should be looking for to suit MB? And Jimbo, could you point me at those Samsungs you found. Many thanks!

Here's a link to one in the UK, I have bought from here many times and they are pretty good.

MZ-7td250bw - Samsung 840 SSD |

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07 Jun 2013   #20

Win7 (WMC), Win8 (laptop), Win7 (PC)

Hey Layback, I did read your post and considered it. But because the older slower drive I used to use was only 20GB, I didn't see any reason to suspect that my faster, bugger SSD was at fault. However, now that the consensus is that its the SSD's size, I'll bow to the majority and upgrade it again.

That said, I discovered last night that my new 3TB Seagate Barracuda on which the content is currently sitting had disappeared from the PC, and Event Viewer was full of NTFS errors. It did this once before when I was copying my media onto it. So perhaps the problem is really a dodgy HHD from Seagate. I've installed Drive Sentinel to monitor it.
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