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Windows 7: Hard disk hunts for 10 minutes on boot up

03 Nov 2011   #1
Raventrevor

Windows 7 Home Premium 32
 
 
Hard disk hunts for 10 minutes on boot up

Every time I boot up or wake up from Sleep mode my hard disk hunts for about 10 minutes probably updating files. This seriously slows down my system.

I use the Microsoft virus checker, and the Microsoft Backup utility.
Could it be one of these, or some other software, and if so how can I locate it and then stop it?


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03 Nov 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Look into Resource Monitor > Disk tab to see which process/program does the activity.
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04 Nov 2011   #3
Raventrevor

Windows 7 Home Premium 32
 
 

Hi WHS, Thanks for the advice.
Resource monitor indicates that :-
svchost.exe - local system net,
msmpeng.exe,
permon.exe and search index
hog the cpu until the hard disk accessing comes to a stop.
Are any of these responsible?
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04 Nov 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. The msmpeng.exe is either MSE or Defender. I doubt that this is the culprit - but you never know.

2. The perfmon.exe is for the reliability and performance monitor. That could write a lot of data to disk. You may check the event viewer and the performance monitor (via Start > right click on Computer > Manage) whether there are a lot of entries in a short period of time.

3. For the search index, you may want to change the indexing options - See here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Improve-Windows-searches-using-the-index-frequently-asked-questions
This would be my first suspect.

Any of the above can be the culprit. It will take a bit of analysis.
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04 Nov 2011   #5
Raventrevor

Windows 7 Home Premium 32
 
 

Your hunch was right. Pausing the Search Index seems to have cured the problem.
However, I still don't know which file(s) are causing the problem.
Should I rebuild the index or perhaps re-install windows7 ?
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04 Nov 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No - no need to take any drastic action. Just leave it as is. May take a couple of seconds longer when you search for something, but so what.
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05 Nov 2011   #7
Raventrevor

Windows 7 Home Premium 32
 
 

Yes, I think your right. It's definitely better now than it was, so I'll live with it for now.
Thanks a lot for your help. It's much appreciated.
Regards
Trevor
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05 Nov 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem, any time.
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