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Windows 7: Troubleshooting heavy disk activity

12 Jan 2011   #11
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Sailing Nut

Glad to see malwarebytes clear.
Good idea to eliminate this possiblity at least.


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12 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadHacker View Post
If you have recently installed windows, the disk activity you're seeing is probably normal and will decrease after indexing, pagefile allocation, and updates are complete.
How long is "recent?" I did just install this machine right before the 1st of the year, but I would hope it's done with all of that stuff by now. It stays on 24x7 so it's had plenty of time to "settle down"

I did see a couple of oddball things in the system list for files so, I'm doing a full McAfee scan now to double check on the Malwarebytes result.
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12 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Depending on your hardware, the programs you've installed and how much media you have on your HDD(s) it can sometimes take a couple of weeks for the system to settle down, especially on an upgrade install but even on a system with a clean, bare install of windows, it sometimes takes a few days after the first series of updates before everything is normalized. I wouldn't rule out malware yet, but malwarebytes is one of the best products out there. McAfee probably won't find anything either. Is the HDD activity constant or mainly when you're not doing anything with the system? If it's mainly when your system is idle, I wouldn't worry too much, because it will settle down.
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13 Jan 2011   #14

Windows 10 Pro x64

At this point, using tools like xperf (from the Windows Performance Toolkit) to trace the system for slow I/O might be useful. If we know it's disk I/O, xperf can be used to trace (while the problem is happening) and then analyze the resulting ETL file.
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13 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

I noticed you said you are using McAfee...
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