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Windows 7: Constant hard drive activity?

29 Nov 2009   #31
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Lol Logic makes me laugh (in a good way!)

He perfectly knows why the HDD is going but doesn't want to say lol.

It's probably Windows Defragmenting working and/or Windows Search scanning to index files.

Normal and well for a non-tweaked install. Most people "in-the-know", disable Windows Search service. I use 3rd party defrag so I disable Disk Defragmenting service.


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29 Nov 2009   #32
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Just disconnect the HDD activity LED if it drives you that nuts...
That's the old "Doctor it hurts when I move my arm like this" and the doctor says "well, don't move your arm like that then."
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29 Nov 2009   #33
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Lol Logic makes me laugh (in a good way!)

He perfectly knows why the HDD is going but doesn't want to say lol.

It's probably Windows Defragmenting working and/or Windows Search scanning to index files.

Normal and well for a non-tweaked install. Most people "in-the-know", disable Windows Search service. I use 3rd party defrag so I disable Disk Defragmenting service.
I think you assume all Windows 7 PCs are the same. I totally dsabled Windows Search, CEIP stats gathering, Windows Media Center, use Everything Search that uses journaling info instead of WinAPI for file system change notifications, and a bunch of other tweaks to services that worked in Vista. The HD pulses every 2 seconds. Could be some driver or other issue that's not in your machine.

The Windows 7 issue I'm getting is different. The HD doesn't just run on making you wait to use it like in Vista. I get a quick pulse of the LED every 2 seconds no matter how long the machine is idle. I don't have defrag running and disabled as many hidden scheduled tasks as possible. There's some kind of check going to the hardware for some reason. If it was just reading something off the disk it would be cached. It must be getting some kind of drive status or SMART info or something.
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29 Nov 2009   #34
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Miles

I am just passing thru and have not read the thread but does it behave the same in safe boot ?


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29 Nov 2009   #35
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Miles

I am just passing thru and have not read the thread but does it behave the same in safe boot ?


Ken J+
Yup. Just tried it. Safe mode no network support. Same pulsing for no reason.
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29 Nov 2009   #36
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
...Same pulsing for no reason.
Everything has a reason. But clearly it doesn't matter cause the computer should not be doing anything, right? Obsession over this, with all the disabling of services and other stuff when it never in fact interrupted you or your use of the computer, is ridiculous. I on the other hand, actually prefer to get work done, and maybe use my computer instead of blindly watching it like a fish tank.

I do not disable a thing, I may modify configuration, like the index locations, setting built in defrag schedule to a daily time. Stuff like that. And my HDD light hardly blinks.
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29 Nov 2009   #37
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
...Same pulsing for no reason.
Everything has a reason. But clearly it doesn't matter cause the computer should not be doing anything, right? Obsession over this, with all the disabling of services and other stuff when it never in fact interrupted you or your use of the computer, is ridiculous.
Agreed. There are many other causes for HDD going such as WMC updating...a million things that are working with a normal pc.
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29 Nov 2009   #38
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
...Same pulsing for no reason.
Everything has a reason. But clearly it doesn't matter cause the computer should not be doing anything, right? Obsession over this, with all the disabling of services and other stuff when it never in fact interrupted you or your use of the computer, is ridiculous. I on the other hand, actually prefer to get work done, and maybe use my computer instead of blindly watching it like a fish tank.

I do not disable a thing, I may modify configuration, like the index locations, setting built in defrag schedule to a daily time. Stuff like that. And my HDD light hardly blinks.
I think you mean cause not reason.. A cause is what produces the action. A reason is a rationale for it doing so. Obviously pulsing the HD every 2 seconds is some anomaly. What could possibly need to access the HD every 2 seconds? If it was a service or something that made sense, the access would not be regular and trivial. It would actually do something.

You call it obsessing. I call it getting the thing to work correctly.
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29 Nov 2009   #39
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
You call it obsessing. I call it getting the thing to work correctly.
How is something not working correctly, as you call it, affecting any type of usage on the pc?

If you have a valid answer to show why it is crippling or lessening the machine's abilities, then fine. But if not, it's obsessing.

If you unplug the ethernet cable, do you still get the pulses?
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29 Nov 2009   #40
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gridsystems View Post
Hi,

I installed Windows 7 RC. When ever I am booted into Win7 one of my hard drives (probably not system drive - sounds like my secondary storage drive) is constantly working. Not very much but still making sounds.

I have completely turned off indexation, there is no automatic defrag going on. I have set a constant size to the paging file and there is no antivirus activity going on. The hard drive is making noise even when the system is idle for a long time and also when I am using it.

The processes tab in the task monitor shows no process that is using CPU.

What can this hard drive activity be?

Thanks!
Have you tried disabling System Protection?

EDIT: Btw, the first thing I make sure I do right after performing a clean install of Windows (any Windows, 7, XP, Vista, etc), is the disabling of unnecessary services (Run --> Services.msc).

You wouldn't believe all the crap that runs in the background, even on a 'clean/fresh' install of Windows.

As a result, I've been able to reduce the number of processes from ~60 to ~40 (less processes = less CPU & RAM usage).


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