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Windows 7: Constant hard drive activity?

30 Nov 2009   #41
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I think the 2 second pulse LED issue is an HPism. It has nothing to do with background processes in the sense of things reading or writing the HD. I've seen a lot of posts about systems with CD auto-insert notification enabled causing it on XP and other OS.

I have auto-insert for all removable media disabled. I think in this case it has to do with polling the memory stick slots. On my HP dual core the HD LED blinks like a clock ticking. On my HP quad core, the HD LED doesn't blink, but if look into the top of the case where the memory stick connectors are(dark translucent plastic cover apparently,) I can see a red LED come on now and then. I think on the older machine for some reason this polling lights the HD LED.

Much ado about nuthin'. I hate it when that happens!!

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30 Nov 2009   #42
smarteyeball

 
 

TBH, the only background processes that mildly annoy me are the SearchFilterHost.exe, SearchIndexer.exe and SearchProtocolHost.exe simply because they start at the drop of a hat and seemingly take forever to plod through their business.

But it's not annoying enough to change, as it has little to no impact on performance.
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30 Nov 2009   #43
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
...simply because they start at the drop of a hat and seemingly take forever to plod through their business.
They only come on when files in the index locations are updated, or added. And the reason they can take time is if something else is using most if not all of the I/O available. The Windows Search processes work on a low priority background thread, they receive no love from the scheduler until the resources they need are mostly free. When setting index locations, it is best to select locations that do not change often, and those location you actually search most.
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30 Nov 2009   #44
rynox77

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

logicearth:

That's fine if you don't care what your computer is doing, but I do. I just want to know. It's my computer after all, not Windows 7's computer.


Miles Ahead:

Yes, the Superfetch suggestion didn't help my Windows 7 Professional installation, so I've since changed my Superfetch back to caching only boot files.
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30 Nov 2009   #45
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rynox77 View Post
logicearth:That's fine if you don't care what your computer is doing, but I do. I just want to know. It's my computer after all, not Windows 7's computer..
The moment you installed Windows 7 you gave it explicit permission to do as it wants and should.

Wanting to know is fine, but not as the cost of obsessing over unnecessary things or trying to make other users figure it out.
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30 Nov 2009   #46
rynox77

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I think the 2 second pulse LED issue is an HPism. It has nothing to do with background processes in the sense of things reading or writing the HD. I've seen a lot of posts about systems with CD auto-insert notification enabled causing it on XP and other OS.

I have auto-insert for all removable media disabled. I think in this case it has to do with polling the memory stick slots. On my HP dual core the HD LED blinks like a clock ticking. On my HP quad core, the HD LED doesn't blink, but if look into the top of the case where the memory stick connectors are(dark translucent plastic cover apparently,) I can see a red LED come on now and then. I think on the older machine for some reason this polling lights the HD LED.

Much ado about nuthin'. I hate it when that happens!!

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Interesting. My PC is an HP. Maybe I'll just write it off as an HP Pavillion "feature". Though mine is not even a full year old.
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19 Mar 2010   #47
sbrads

Windows 7
 
 

Pulsing every few seconds can be your optical drives looking to see if a disk has been inserted, CD/DVD drives tend to trigger the HDD LED on a lot of motherboards I believe.
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25 Mar 2010   #48
jordan314

windows 7 dual boot, snow leopard hackintosh
 
 

I'm having this issue with windows 7 too. When the screen is off or the lid is shut, windows seems to be scanning for viruses, indexing, optimizing, or defragging. I'm running MS security essentials but it is only set to scan weekly and email/downloads.
I'm dual booting with OS X snow leopard and it does not do this, it's only windows that is constantly making this HD noise when idle.
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10 Oct 2010   #49
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am also having my hd make noises like searches...anyway I can hear it often. I've disabled everything mentioned in the thread so far.

I noticed in my firewall settings that my HP Printer has something like over 10 entries in the firewall setting....like it is talking on the internet...back to HP base or something.

I wondered if all that talking (from HP and anything else allowed to chat with the internet) would produce communications between the hd and the internet...like the internet is reading stuff from my hd?

But then earlier someone said that his hd still cycles and makes noise in safe mode without internet connection...

Anyway...the noise isn't gonna bother me. I've just installed and the case is on my desk by my right ear without the side panel on. Usually it would sit on the floor, with the side panel on...and mybe I've never really noticed much noise before.

Be that as it may....I would love to know exactly what is happening to make the hd noise. (and it's not deadly sounding clicking scary noise...it's just soft activity noise). I just would like to know what the go is out of curiosity.

...as a few people said...this topic is all over the net with few solutions/ explanations
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17 Oct 2010   #50
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Once you pare down everything else that is accessing your hard drives, you will find that wmiprvse.exe will poll the drives every 5 minutes to monitor the free space for performance monitoring. If you have a wdc green drive for instance, this will unpark the heads every five minutes.

You can disable this behavior by disabling performance monitoring for disks. Got to the registry key

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PerfDisk\Performance]

Create the DWORD "Disable Performance Counters" and set it to 1. This will disable disk performance monitoring and will immediately take effect.
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