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Windows 7: Quieting Windows 7 down....

18 Mar 2010   #31
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I think a lot of that activity has to with network listening and polling. Though I not disabled the network to verify this, I did not have as much activity before I set the network up.


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18 Mar 2010   #32
canspec

Win 7 Home Premium-64bit
 
 

I have Win 7 64-bit with the same problem with 4gig of ram...had I known my drive would keep working like this on 64-bit I would have gone with 32-bit..would that solve the problem?
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18 Mar 2010   #33
JimLewandowski

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by canspec View Post
I have Win 7 64-bit with the same problem with 4gig of ram...had I known my drive would keep working like this on 64-bit I would have gone with 32-bit..would that solve the problem?
Nope. I run 32-bit W7 and the drive is constantly busy.

In my old XP days, I trace I/Os (background) to some listener service (pipe - is that the terminology). These were "other I/Os" though and NOT hard-drive access I/Os.
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18 Mar 2010   #34
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Mine, too, is a 32 bit system.
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18 Mar 2010   #35
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I think a lot of that activity has to with network listening and polling. Though I not disabled the network to verify this, I did not have as much activity before I set the network up.
There is a Computer Browser service that runs in background. It works along with Network Location Awareness to keep the "My Network" folder up to date. In previous versions --XP and 2k-- these services operated only in memory and did not access the hard disk, that I ever noticed.

As I understand it, the Browser sends a "who's out there" broadcast and the Location Awareness responds with "I'm here"... (or is that the other way around) and the result is kept in memory, providing a list of who's on the net at the moment. If you are making network shortcuts or mapping drives, you don't actually need either of these services running. All they really do is populate that one folder.

I did try turning them off... no change.

To be honest... I no longer think I know what's going on... but something is keeping my drives spun up and preventing standby. I had the desktop on with a 10 minute sleep time and the network cable unplugged for quite some time this afternoon and it was still blinking away at me when I sat down to check in here...

I'm baffled... There seems no way to fix this and I'm going to have to make a rather expensive decision about this very soon.... 6 copies of Win 7 at $200 a pop, gathering dust in the garage is not an easy lump to swallow. But neither is 9 hard disks dying prematurely and all the data that could be lost...

I'm still looking for suggestions... anyone???
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18 Mar 2010   #36
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post

In my old XP days, I trace I/Os (background) to some listener service (pipe - is that the terminology).
Yes it is, part of it anyway.
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18 Mar 2010   #37
JimLewandowski

 
 

Stopping Vista & 7's constant HD hammering from driving you nuts - techPowerUp! Forums

To stop the noise, do the following:
  • Disable scheduled defrags. I went one further and disabled the defrag service
  • Disable the the Superfetch service in the Control Panel Administrative Tools
  • And finally, turn off the little-known ReadyBoot (not to be confused with ReadyBoost, although they are related and both part of the Superfetch function). Helpfully, there's no service that can be turned off for this and the damn thing constantly hammers the hard disc for many minutes at a time. You have to edit the registry instead
My disc defrag service was already off (I UNscheduled my disc defrag and maybe that turned it off automatically).

Superfetch is also already off (I never touched it).

I will try the regedit for ReadyBOOT (not readyBOOST). WMI key...!


***UPDATE*** (this seems to match mine)
http://forum.sysinternals.com/forum_...?TID=2072&PN=1
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18 Mar 2010   #38
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
Stopping Vista & 7's constant HD hammering from driving you nuts - techPowerUp! Forums

To stop the noise, do the following:
  • Disable scheduled defrags. I went one further and disabled the defrag service
  • Disable the the Superfetch service in the Control Panel Administrative Tools
  • And finally, turn off the little-known ReadyBoot (not to be confused with ReadyBoost, although they are related and both part of the Superfetch function). Helpfully, there's no service that can be turned off for this and the damn thing constantly hammers the hard disc for many minutes at a time. You have to edit the registry instead
My disc defrag service was already off (I UNscheduled my disc defrag and maybe that turned it off automatically).

Superfetch is also already off (I never touched it).

I will try the regedit for ReadyBOOT (not readyBOOST). WMI key...!


***UPDATE*** (this seems to match mine)
Sysinternals Forums - $logfile filemon output ,constant writes - Page 1
Interesting. I already have the defrag service disabled. I'm not sure about the other two but will check. Just for the record, I'm not seeing this HD light show that some are having fits with, but I do in a sense have it let's say about 5 minutes after the desktop has loaded and the Cpu has gone down to a steady 1 to 4 percent. When it starts, it lasts for about 5 minutes. Along towards the end of the HD light show, I've noticed that the Action Center flag thingy pops into view. Don't know if it's related or not, just an observation.
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18 Mar 2010   #39
JimLewandowski

 
 

This is constant, never-ending HD activity. Virtually all writes. Over and over. $NTFS, logs, .pf files, etc.

Even on a fresh install with no indexing or anything.
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18 Mar 2010   #40
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Greg, I have that same sequence. There are several services that are automatic - delayed start. I think that is what is going on; these services are starting.
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