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Stopping as much Hard Drive activity in Windows 10

Q: Stopping as much Hard Drive activity in Windows 10


I have a Hardware problem that I am hoping software in Windows 10 might help.

I got a HP Probook 455 G3 for Xmas. It's great apart from problem. The problem being that the Notebook constantly makes clicking sounds from where I believe the hard drive is. It's like rain hitting of a window. Also the Hard drive activity light blinks constantly when this is happening. So it's not the fan. Yeah you don't notice if watching a film of playing music, but if just browsing the net or working it bugs me.

I'm finding HP not easy to get in contact with and before I RMA it I wants to try a solution. I suspect the activity is updates and downloads happening. Things such as W10 updates etc. So can anyone point me in the direction of stopping any and all updates for W10 and other software that comes with it?By limiting the downloading I hope to limit the activity on the HD.


Preferred Solution: Stopping as much Hard Drive activity in Windows 10

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Stopping as much Hard Drive activity in Windows 10

Clicking from the hard drive is usually a hard drive failure, return it now while you still can.

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Once upon a time, all desktops and laptops had LEDs that would blink whenever there was hard drive activity. Somewhere along the way, PC manufacturers decided this wasn't necessary, but I disagree: If your computer is suddenly non-responsive, it can help to know if there's still drive activity. If there is, it might just be a temporary delay. If not, you'll know it's time to reboot.

There are other advantages to having a drive-status LED, of course, but precious few modern PCs offer the feature. Thankfully, there's a software solution: TrayStatus, a free Windows utility from BinaryFortress.

TrayStatus actually offers a number of monitoring features, most of them built around the keyboard.

Add a hard-drive activity indicator to the Windows system tray - CNET

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Note: Originally posted in the General section - reposted here by suggestion

Every time I restart Windows 7 and after logging in, the hard drive light comes on indicating continuing constant disk activity. The hard drive light is on solidly (no blinking). This condition persists for 10 - 15 minutes during which time all applications are extremely slow to respond.

I have tried pausing the search indexer and have also tried pausing my anti-virus software (Kaspersky Internet Security 2013). Neither of these appear to have any effect.

Once the constant hard drive activity has completed, the system operates normally, however I would much prefer to begin using the system soon after startup without having to wait for whatever is causing the hard drive activity to complete..

I have looked at Windows Task Manager and find no applications running other than THX True Studio PC by Creative Systems. Under task Manager processes, "System Idle Process" is shown with 95% - 98% CPU usage.

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions about how to track down what is happening and potentiall fix!

If nothing there can seem to help then you could post in the Performance&Maintenance thread

Also use this tool and post your results SF Diag Tool

Diagnostic file clw2613.zip attached

A:Windows 7 Constant Hard Drive Activity - Computer Slow to Respond

Task Manager > Performance tab > Resource Monitor > Disk tab

You should be able to press the READ and WRITE columns to see which process / app is using the disk the most at the time of slowdown

Also running a disk check would be advised, right click HDD icon > properties > tools > error checking > check now > agree to schedule a disk check at next boot

Also things like this disk check software can show any faults with the drive
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

Check Event Log too to see if there is a problem with windows

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Windows XP P4 home built system, IDE drives. Hard drive failed, replaced it with one I had laying around from a Mac tower. Machine worked fine for about a week.

Now, it gets to where I'd expect the Windows splash screen & stops with a blinking cursor. Still responsive (cntl-alt-del works), but nothing loading.

Booting from the Windows CD gets to the first line (inspecting your system), then goes to the cursor. It doesn't get to the first blue-colored setup screen. I can boot RIP Linux from CD and it can mount the hard drive.

Unplugging the hard drive allows the Windows CD to boot.

I'm guessing this is at least partially a hardware issue since removing the harddrive allows booting from the Windows CD, but am at a loss as to what or how to fix it.

A:Hard Drive stopping boot?

K: Go to the disk manufacturer's site and download their diagnostic tool.Follow their directions to copy it to a floppy and run it.
I think your used disk has a problem.

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I just built myself a brand new PC last week. Two times now, I've woken up and had this message on the screen from AVG Free Edition:

"Something bad has happened to the application...".

I click ok, and go about my business, but nothing works. I open My Computer, and it comes up, but sits there with its little search light forever. It seems as though my hard drive has stopped, but things left in memory continue to work. Some things open (like things I used the day before), some dont. The things that open don't really work, they just open and sit there. I hit the reset button on the case and everything works when the PC boots back up.

This is Windows XP Pro. I DO have the option of Stopping both of my hard drives, the same as you'd stop a USB flash drive, etc. I've never run SATA before, so I assume it has to do with that? I do not have it set to stop my hard drives in the power options.


CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600
MB: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
RAM: 4GB (4x1GB) G.Skill PC6400
HDD: 2x 320GB Seagate SATA2 (not raid, I have XP installed on one, and Vista Business on the other)
SATA DVD-ROM and DVD-RW drives
Video - Gigabyte 8800GTS
600W PSU

A:Really strange issue, Hard Drive...stopping?

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My HP pavilion notebook malfunctioning after a 8 hour sleep mode.Screen displaying flickering lines for a moment and then computer goes off with hard drive stopping with a click,then light of power button flickers after regular interval of 5 secs and drive spins and stops accordingly.

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In the root of each hard drive I have an autorun.inf file with the following command:

icon = .\MyIcon.ico

and I have MyIcon.ico in the same root location.

The hard drive icons no longer appear.

How can I get them to appear.

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I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Asus Notebook, recently I've been having a lot of hard drive activity, shown to me by a light on my laptop, which has caused my laptop to run extremely slow and not even open some applications, I'm also not able to uninstall some programs from the control panel. I must force it to start up in safe mode with networking to get it to work. The last application I had downloaded was an update that came up in the bottom right of the screen that seemed to be official although I had also been running a version of lime-wire and frost-wire previously. I've defragged several times it says I have 88% of unused hard drive space, deleted all unneeded programs, and have ran: TrendMicro Housecall, MalewareBytes, Avast antivirus, and Norton Virus scans and all of them have come back with nothing but small tracking cookies. I've deleted all user accounts and created a new one so formatting will not be a problem if necessary but my laptop was preloaded with windows 7 so I do not have a boot disk.

Thank you for your time and help,

A:A lot of hard drive activity, please help

Hello, what was this for.. "The last application I had downloaded was an update"Let's just try an Online scan.Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.This scan requires Internet Explorer,Opera or Firefox to work. Vista/Windows 7 users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator.To do this, right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run As Administrator from the context menu.Click the green button.Read the End User License Agreement and check the box: Check .Click the button.Accept any security warnings from your browser.Check Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications. (If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)Click the Start button.ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer.If offered the option to get information or buy software at any point, just close the window.The scan will take a while so be patient and do NOT use the computer while the scan is running. Keep all other programs and windows closed.When the scan completes, push Push , and save the file to your desktop as ESETScan.txt. Push the button, then Finish.Copy and paste the contents of ESETScan.txt in your next reply.Note: A log.txt file will also be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\ folder.If you did not save the ESETScan log, click > Run..., then type or copy and... Read more

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i performed a clean install of windows 7 rc but
my hard drive is busy when i don't use my computer and I
see that the light indicating that the hd is busy is blinking for couple of hours.
also my cpu usage is higher than xp and it makes my laptop's cpu very hot.
windows 7 makes my laptop very noisy.
please help me.

A:Hard drive activity

Was this a clean install or an upgrade?

Please fill out your system specs as well please.

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I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Asus Notebook, recently I've been having a lot of hard drive activity, shown to me by a light on my laptop, which has caused my laptop to run extremely slow and not even open some applications, I'm also not able to uninstall some programs from the control panel. I must force it to start up in safe mode with networking to get it to work. The last application I had downloaded was an update that came up in the bottom right of the screen that seemed to be official although I had also been running a version of lime-wire and frost-wire previously. I've defragged several times, deleted all possible, unneeded programs, and have ran: TrendMicro Housecall, MalewareBytes, Avast antivirus, and Norton Virus scans and all of them have come back with nothing but small tracking cookies. I've deleted all user accounts and created a new one so formatting will not be a problem if necessary but my laptop was preloaded with windows 7 so I do not have a boot disk.

Thank you for your time and help,

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I recently discovered that one of my drives has been at 100% activity with no data being read or written. This particular drive is used for virtual instruments and samples for music. I've never had issues before, but I found it odd that loading projects took an insane amount of time to load, which lead me to check the disk usage of this particular drive.

Current response time spikes into the tens of thousands. Again, nothing is being written or read. If I open the drive, I can see all my files, but the drive never seems to stop "searching". I've attatched a picture below:

Any suggestions?

A:Hard-drive at 100% with no activity

That is really weird IMHO! You can try the following suggestions:

Right click your drive from explorer and untick the box shown below. Note that this invokes an unindexing process that will take some time to complete:

You can also go to Control Panel> Indexing Options> and turn off the Indexing Service if the above does not help:

Hope this helps to resolve your issue. Good luck and let us know.


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Ok I recently Installed everything fresh and a posibility of a virus or spyware is minimal, I have Kaspersky installed and a few applications I need, such as clone dvd, any dvd, Nero, Office 2007, all drivers and a few more small programs.

I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit and I'm concerned my Hard drive is always on activity, I can hear it spinning and the led is blinking all the time.

What could be the causes of this? if it's a software program reding/writing on HDD, how can I spot it? Thanks!

A:Always Activity on Hard Drive, Why?

Likely Vista Defrag
It's running as a task in the background

By the way, you can turn off many not required startups with this tool: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Kaspersky is also high on resource so there's nothing you can do about that except replace it (I use free Avira Antivirus)

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I have a new HP G61 laptop with Windows 7. Regularly when I switch on, the egg-timer icon appears on screen and it is not possible to access any programme. This can last for anything up to 15 minutes. During this time, the hard drive light is on continuously. Once the light goes off, the laptop functions normally. I have deliberatley kept the software on the laptop to a minimum. Mostly MS Office, Skype, Internet Explorer and Norton Anti-virus.

I suspect that there is some software running in the background. Is there any way that I can find out what is running? Thanks

A:Hard Drive Activity

Hi, worth keeping an eye on this, 15 mins is excessive, however this behavior is due to prefetch (superfetch) where your most recent used programs are arranged so they open faster, if you like your computer is learning how you use it and responding. This activity should settle down shortly. I would advise that you also look to get rid of Norton another well known resource hog, and the cause of Blue screen problems, use Microsoft security essentials, it is free from MS.

You can use the "task manager tool" to see what activity there is (set it to "always on top"). Programs that start with the computer can be controlled through "Msconfig" startup tab. You can safely disable ALL startup programs (uncheck the boxes) and windows will still boot, however it is best to have your AV running.. so have a play and if the situation does not improve post back there is more that can be done.

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Hello and thanks in advance for answering.

I am curious about something. My hard drive is being really active for about 30 minutes or so before going into power-save mode. Is this normal? I mean it's completely active the whole time. It's a bit worrying. Should there be 30 minutes of activity before it powers-down for the power save?


-Windows Vista Home Basic, Service Pack 1, 32-bit
-RAM: Patriot 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz
-Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
-Ultra LSP750 750w Power Supply
-AMD Phenom X4 9550 4MB 95W Socket AM2+ CPU
-XFX nForce 750a SLI Socket AM2+ Motherboard
-XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI

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The hard drive light on my laptop is showing continuous activity and is not going out,even if the computer is left idle.

How can I find out what is happening?

A:Hard drive activity

The drive where the OS is installed will never really go to sleep unless you kill all processes which would cause windows to crash. Open task manager and take note of all background processes and windows processes which will read/write to your drive as needed.

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UPDATE: Uninstalled Avast on the 15th of November and installed Avira, not had a single crash yet which is great!


I need some advice/help please

Ok so this laptop is nearly 8 years old but she's my baby and has lasted too long to let go yet. Recently while using my machine the hard drive has randomly stopped spinning and the hard drive activity light goes out - PC freezes and no BSOD. I have to force restart the machine which takes me to the black screen to boot normally/into safemode.

This has been happening for about 3 months now and mostly every day, sometimes twice a day (seems to be getting worse I think).

I think the problem is related to Firefox and Google Chrome, the PC doesn't seem to crash when running any other programs. For example I'll be on YouTube, I'll pause the video and it may just crash, I click a link in Google search it may crash, I open the Firefox menu and it may crash, but not always. It doesn't seem to crash when left alone running a program or idling away.

I've tried reseating hard drive/ram/clearing all vents (not a heat issue)/defrag.
Reinstalled Firefox and Google Chrome
Checked PC temperatures - no problem here
I have no Vista repair disc and nobody else seems to use Vista anymore to lend me one.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.

0 Bad sectors

Apologies for the long post, PC specs below.
2.00 GB RAM - Windows Vista™ Home Premium
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A:Hard drive randomly stopping (HD light goes out - laptop crash)

What brand/model is your laptop?

It's interesting you were able to run a defrag, a HDD-intensive task.

Do you have a way to back up your system?
There is a thread on this forum under the General Discussion topic where you may be able to request a link to a genuine copy of Vista, which you could use to reinstall the system. This could tell you broadly whether you have a hardware or software problem.
(The size of that thread tells you how many people just don't seem to have recovery discs, or never created discs, can't find them, etc.)

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Hello. My computer seems to always have hard drive activity even when doing nothing. I have defragged and also run spybot. I have also ran malwarebytes but found nothing. Could someone possibly take a look at my hijackthis log and see if there is something wrong causing the activity. IE8 and Firefox are very slow to open also. I have windowsXP and 512 mb of ram. Thanks so much

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:48:04 AM, on 3/17/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\anyone\Application Data\mjusbsp\magicJack.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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hello, can anyone help me please???? I have 6 hard drives on my system. 4 of which are connected through IDE cables to a promise ATA card plugged into a PCI slot. The other drives as well as 2 DVD/RW drives are connected through the IDE connections on the mobo. I have split wire 39 on the IDE cables for separate activity LED's. the ones connected through the mobo, work perfectly, but the ones on the ATA card will not be detected in the bios, or windows unless pin 39 is connected together. All the drives are configured correctly with the Master/Slave jumpers in the correct place, and none are set to CS. Please help me resolve this issue with the separation of channels on the ATA card. I can build circuits if need be. Thanks in advance for any 411 anyone may provide.

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Last night I used Acronis to clone off a brand new 1Tb drive. All went well and I fired it up this morning. The only thing I noticed is that my CPU activity is at about 20%. Is this normal? I looked at the resources monitor for CPU and it says its doing deferred procedure calls for the 20%. Last time this happened it went away after several hours.

A:CPU activity at 20% after cloning a new hard drive

My guess would be it is just Windows doing some housekeeping on the new drive and it is temporary.

If it is still doing the same thing a week from now, then I'd look at it more closely.

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My hard drive has started working all the time and slowing everything up, I downloaded hijack this and ran it, here are the results:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)
Scan saved at 12:46:59, on 24/12/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
D:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
D:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
D:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource5\MtdAcqu.exe
D:\Program Files\Creative\Sync Manager Unicode\CTSyncU.exe
D:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
D:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\wcescomm.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
D:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
D:\Program Files\MSI\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
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A:Solved: Hard drive activity

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Here's a couple XP problems my buddy has on an Intel ASUS PE4MoBo, 2.4 Ghz Pentium

1. Hard drive keeps active. Constantly caching maybe? He has a new 80 gb maxtor and Norton System works is loaded. It really slows the system down while this hard drive is constantly reading.

2. ATI radeon 9500, fails a couple self tests with Direct X. Yet I can't find direct x anywhere, did a search and came up with an empty Dirx directory, reloaded Dirx 9.0 but I can't find the set up icon for testing.

A:hard drive activity never stops

1. Press ctrl-alt-delete and bring up the Windows task manager. Select the process tab. Look in the cpu column. This shows how much cpu resources each process is using. While the hard drive is constantly being accessed check which processes are using the most cpu. This may help to narrow down what exactly is causing the hard drive to be constantly accessed.

2. The directx utility is most easily accessed by going to start-->run then typing dxdiag.

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Acer desktop Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit 4 GB RAM

Last April I bought a new Acer desktop but it doesn't have any activity lights on this model. I would like one for the hard drive at least. I could remember using a program a long time ago (I think it was with Windows ME or early XP) that would put a little light down by the clock that would blink with hard drive activity but can't remember the program's name. I'm not really looking for monitors as far as health is concerned, just want an activity monitor light. I hope this makes since to somebody. Any suggestions?

A:Looking for hard drive activity monitor.

Found this: HDD Led – Monitor Hard Drive Activity In Real Time From System Tray

Edit: Still works on Windows 8 X64

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I know this has been posted time and time again, but I have not found any solution to my problem. I do not know which drive it is, but one of them (I have 4) will sometimes spike to 100% activity, and the only way to resolve that is by rebooting.
Now I know that doesn't sound so bad, but when you're in the middle of photoshopping something, doing some homework, or gaming, it gets to be a real pain, very quickly.
I can imagine that having a hard drive at 100% activity for hours on end will take a very large toll on its life span.

Here are my system specs:
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard
AMD Phenom x4 9950 BE 2.6 GHz
2GB DDR2 1066 MHz RAM

I read on another thread that indexing or scheduled defrags may be the cause, but I have already disabled index since I installed 7. My defrags are scheduled for 1AM every wednesday (but that has long passed, and I have already had to reboot).
I also read somewhere that it could be a missing AMD processor driver, which indeed I had no luck finding.

Please guys, I don't know why it's doing this, and I'm fed up with rebooting every 2 hours.

A:Constant 100% Hard Drive Activity

try opening up "task manager" on the top choose the process tab, and then click on the "cpu" column, and see what is taking most of your cpu.

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Greetings, all!
I'm a computer technician in Ohio. I deal with the daily grind of fixing computers five days a week, but this one is puzzling me.
I've found a couple things that annoyed me so far and turned them off (LLMNR, since IPV6 doesn't exist on my network... yet. For example, anyway.) However... I don't care what I'm doing, I can be sitting without anything open, just on my desktop, and my HDD activity light is spazzing out 24/7.
Now, I deal with malware daily. I'm nowhere near the expert, but this was a fresh installation of Win 7 Pro a couple months or so ago, all data scanned as it was going back. Constant drive activity light flashing. I want to resolve this ASAP.
What I've got:
Board: Biostar MCP6P M2+ Ver. 6.x, AM2+
Processor: AMD Phenom 9550 quad-core 2.20 ghz
RAM: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR2-800
HDDS: Primary: Hitachi Deskstar  500GB (This is getting cloned to a better drive soon, so long as cloning will work)
           Secondary: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB newly purchased less than two months ago.
           Tertiary:  Maxtor 200GB IDE drive (this will soon be replaced with another WD SATA DRIVE, sooner if this one is my issue)
I've done some looking and found a few small issues, but nothing that points me in the right direction.
As far as security software, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013.
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A:Hard drive activity is CONSTANT!

Perhaps Process Monitor can help narrow down the problem.

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I can't find a hard drive monitor that displays all files, speed, read, write, etc like Resource Monitor does.

But Resource Monitor cannot save a log of the displayed data, it is a very option-less program indeed, usual of microsoft, I need to save the file so I have time to see it, but there is too much for me to screenshot it everything fast enough.

Otherwise I will make a C# app since I think the diagnostic module should also have the perfmon stuff as I
did previously for memory stuff.

In this case it is not important how accurate the speeds/total bytes are because I just want to pinpoint the location and ID of certain files to see what another program is loading.

The Disk activity in Resource Monitor is also not perfect, some stuff shows up after the moving was made, other stuff keeps going when it's already done, sometimes, and also, how speeds and written/read bytes are displayed is total bullcrap since I can't make anything out of it, and it's basically totall inaccurate anyways, i'm moving gigabytes and it shows 2XX.XXX bytes, thanfully i don't care about this now but I surely may be welcome in another case. The refresh rate is slow, typical of microsoft, the stuff that is not being used by the system doesn't get greyed out, it's okay they keep it on list for a minute but it should be greyed out immediately when it's not being written/read or accessed, so you can see clearly which ones are active.

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A:I need to save hard drive activity log.

I am familiar with event audit and tracing, but that goes through gpedit, on the other hand I remember Perfmon having data collection stuff and I haven't really looked deep into it except some memory stuff. This is what I'll explore in the meantime.

UPD: Now scrolling through Event Trace Providers ... hmm

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Running WINDOWS 10 with 2 Aug. Anniversary update.  ASPIRE TC-605 BIOS P11-A2 My problem is that my hard drive runs excessively, not all the time but a random times.  Watching the Task Manager (Performance) for DISK, Active Time goes to 100%, Average Response Time, Read Speed and White Speed all go to zero.  The time lapse can be over 4 minutes but is generally shorter at one or two minutes.  During this period you can not do anything.  At times,  Active Time goes to 100% for shorter extend period of time but other parameters are still indicating readings greater than zero and the system continues to function.  I have been unable to identify which process is or may be causing the problem.  

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Mod Edit: Moved to appropriate forum ~~boopmeHello,My hard drive activity go from near 0% to 100% with no reason at random moments. I search google for this issue and many people seems to have the same problem and none of them seems to find a solution.I known you forum because HiJackThis is currently making an update and temporarily closed the support section. The owner said you could help me with the verification so I'm giving you the log the HiJackThis made and if one of you can analyse it and tell me if there's something wrong in it.Also, if anyone ever find a solution for this problem. PLEASE TELL ME. This is totally driving me nuts.Thanks. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5Scan saved at 12:04:20, on 2015-01-22Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17416)  Boot mode: Normal Running processes:C:\ProgramData\DatacardService\DCSHelper.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\Power2Go8\CLMLSvc_P2G8.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\PowerDVD10\PDVD10Serv.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgui.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG Web TuneUp\vprot.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel® Rapid Storage ... Read more

A:My hard drive randomly go to 100% activity

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===HijackThis is not ready for you 64 bit operating system. Please run these tools and post the logs for my review.Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereDouble-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and click the Scan Now button.If you receive a message that updates are available, click the Update Now button (the update will be downloaded, installed, and the scan will start).The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.If potential threats are detected, ensure that Quarantine is selected as the Action for all the listed items, and click the Apply Actions button.While still on the Scan tab, click the link for View detailed log, and in the window that opens click the Export button, select Text file (*.txt), and save the log to your Desktop.The log is a... Read more

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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?


A:Constant hard drive activity?

Windows Search service perhaps?

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Are there any applications that tell me all the activity occurring with the hard drive. Like, for instance, the read/write speeds occurring while I unzip a rar file.

A:Hard drive activity moniter


You may want to check these on this page:


The second one down looks very promising:




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I have a Toshiba laptop whose boot time has gotten horribly slow (4 - 5 minutes). Used to be a couple minutes. I'll probably end up reinstalling XP Home but the whole time it boot, the hard drive LED is flashing. Is there any program out there that can tell me what the hard drive is trying to do? In task manager, the processes tab shows mostly an idle system for a goof portion of the boot but the HD just churns away. I'd appreciate any feedback before I start over. Thanks


A:Hard Drive - Excessive Activity

tyr microsoft bootvis to discover the reason for the hang ups read the instructions as easy to use but bit difficult to explain

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5602 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7640G, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 569 GB (516 GB Free); D: 25 GB (3 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 184B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

If I replace my HDD with a SSD does the activity light still blink when accessing data?

A:Hard drive activity light using a SSD?

All 3 of mine do ... Even the one in my External Enclosure

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I have a problem with my Laptop Hard Drive. It's a WDC WD5000LPVT-75G33T0

My Hard Drive is acting normal if I do almost nothing, like surfing on the web, but if I watch a video on
YouTube or whatever, my HDD activity is too high to play the video for a short while.

Almost every time I take a short break or rewind the video to replay that funny or interesting part, my HDD activity is high again and don't let me to play the video again for a short while.

This problem occurs on all my Windows OS's, and it exists for I think 1 month-2 weeks. Here a screenshot of my Disk Management Window (I'm Dutch, so sorry if you can't read it):
I don't know what to do now anymore, because I've done this already before:

Disk defragment, sfc /scannow (as Administrator), Disk cleaner, decrease the pagefile.

Can somebody help me please?

A:Hard Drive High Activity

it exists for I think 1 month-2 weeks.

Chances are it's due to the switch from flash to html5. Try turning off hardware acceleration in the browser for the time being, or tweak any other html5 settings. Or try a different browser.

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Does anyone have source code (C, C++, C++ Builder
preferably, but will take anything you have...)
for a Windows utility that monitors hard drive
read/write activity (similiar to a HD LED)?

OR, code to simply check if the hard drive is busy?

OR, some other trick to accomplish this?

OR, do you know where I can download a utility that
does this?

Thanks, Mac

A:Monitor Hard Drive Activity

I can not provide you with a whole source for hard disk monitor, but you
can take a look at DISK_PERFORMANCE Structure in MSDN. Writing such a
tool can be quite tricky. Why don't you use HDD Light? It has very nice
icon for the hard disk activities, with separate indication for read and
write operations, which gives additional information.

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Hello guys, For about a week now I have searched through endless forums looking for an answer... but to no firm conclusion.Problem:On startup, I have constant hard drive activity. The desktop does load eventually but is so unstable I haven't a clue what to do. It works perfectly in safe mode, so it is obviously nothing to do with core drivers etc.DDS.txt log ______________________________________________________________________DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Euan at 15:10:26.25 on 01/06/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600.0.1252.44.1033.18.1012.624 [GMT 1:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *enabled* (Updated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetworkC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\H... Read more

A:On startup, constant hard drive activity

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I changed from Win XP to Win 7 and, overall, I think it's a much better system. However, one problem I had is that my old sound card, a Sound Blaster Live!, was not recognized by it. So I had to change to a Sound Blaster X-Fi.

But ever since I changed it I have these annoying hiccups whenever I'm listening to audio and doing something else with the computer, like installing a software, surfing the internet or anything that requires some HD activity.

For instance, if a Youtube video is buffering and I press Play before it finishes, I get the hiccups. Once the whole thing is complete I can listen to it with no problem.

Playing games I usually don't have any problem, probably because there's no other activity going on besides the game itself.

My specs:

Win 7 Professional 32bits
Intel Core Duo 1.6Ghz
2 GB of RAM
12GB of free HD space
3070 of Virtual Memory allocated
Background softwares: Avast 5, MalwareBytes and TuneUp 2010.

Any help will be immensely appreciated, I don't know what to do anymore.

A:Sound hiccups during hard drive activity

Did you fully uninstall the old sound driver completely.........is that PC compatible for W7?

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I just bought a new computer and installed a graphics card for it(Ati Radeon X1300). I installed Norton Systemworks 2006 Premier. The hard drive has almost constant activity, but no apparent reduced performance. Any ideas?

A:New computer, constant hard drive activity

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Hi There,

I'm rather worried that my laptop has been "got-at". The Belkin router has an LED which flashes constantly indicating traffic (I presume); it's the one associated with the channel to which the laptop is connected, and it flickers away all the time. I'm getting paranoid wondering to whom it may be chatting.

I've noticed that coincident with this activity is a file (PFIREWALL.LOG) which is constantly being updated, and its contents are of the following form:

2008-01-03 05:38:03 OPEN UDP 56168 60313 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:03 OPEN UDP 56168 9213 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:05 OPEN UDP 56168 8345 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:08 OPEN UDP 56168 11381 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:08 OPEN UDP 56168 15352 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:08 OPEN UDP 56168 26749 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:10 OPEN UDP 56168 24869 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:11 OPEN UDP 56168 10849 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:11 OPEN UDP 56168 25598 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:12 OPEN UDP 56168 16001 - - - - - - - - -
2008-01-03 05:38:14 OPEN UDP 56168 13171 - - - - - - - - -

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A:Constant Router/Hard-Drive Activity

Please download and run HijackThis, available here:

And copy and past the log produced here. Someone with a golden shield will have to help you out.

Do you run any peer to peer file sharing program ?

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Hi folks. My hard drive appears to be working almost constantly. I have cleaned the pc with ccleaner, defragged and Malwarebytes reports no infections. Any help is appreciated!

A:XP SP3 Hard Drive Light indicates almost constant activity

1) Does this happen only shortly after boot or all the while the system is up?
2) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?
3) Open Task Manager to the Processes Tab and sort on the cpu column with highest usage at the top. Which process is using the cpu cycles?

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I have an ECS N2U400A-Ultra mobo and a BUSlink Seria ATA Controller card controlling a Raptor. What I cant figure out is how to make the Hard Drive activity led work.

A:Motherboard Hard Drive Activity Led problem

As that is a PCI card, it does not have a connection to the control-light that connects to the motherboard's IDE controller.
Unless there is a LED-connector on that BUSlink card, you'll have to live without it.

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I have a problem caused by constant hard drive activity, and, after some research and work on my part, along with some reading, here is what I learned.

First, I ran Ad-Aware, then Spybot, then I went to TrendMicro for a free online scan, then Symantec. I run NOD32 from Eset as my scanner. None of these solved the problems mentioned, although some minor cookies were found. I noticed this problem after installing a Blackberry Storm, but I'm not 100% sure this was the root cause. Anyway, I changed phones again, and installed Mobile Sync 6.1 for this, and removed the Blackberry software, but the problem continued. I then did a system restore, and at this point, the problem disappeared, until the first time I connected the new phone, a HTC Touch Pro. At this point, the problem started again. Finally, the problem did not occur in Safe Mode.

I will attempt to describe the problem in some detail, at this point. The constant disk access would cause the computer to lose focus whenever it hit the harddrive. What this meant for me was every time I would try to access a file located in the All Programs folder off the Start button, the list would disappear. If I opened the Control Panel in the Start list, which on my computer is set as an expansion folder, the open list would "blink" on and off constantly, but I could access it. As to typing anything into the Run Program screen, I too would get about two to four letters typed, then the flicker would happen, and the letters I... Read more

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For the last month or so, about once a week, my hard drive gets very active for quite a long time (maybe an hour or two). I had wondered if there was a scan going on in the background, perhaps Microsoft or McAfee, but could find no evidence of what was causing it. I've never configured anything to perform automated tasks.

I've run full McAfee virus scans, and also AdAware and SpyBot and nothing comes up.

When the hard drive activity started again on Sunday, just as I was shutting down, I got a message about the DDE Server and that I needed to click to end the application. So that's what I assume is causing the unexplained activity I've been experiencing.

Do I have spyware or some other malicious entity on my computer?

Thank you for any assistance.


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About a week ago, when I was online, I noticed the opaque desktop background that is visible at the top of my screen above the browser, would blink. Its doing it now as I type this post. After a while, I realized that it seemed like the computer hard drive was activating every 60 seconds. Exactly 60 seconds. I timed it.

If I am typing (even while typing this post), this activation interrupts my typing. It only lasts for a second. But appears every 60 seconds without fail. The borders around apps that are opaque blink. The mouse arrow blinks and gets the blue cirlcle like its busy.

As another example, if I click on the clock/calendar in my task bar and leave the clock/calendar visible on the desk top, when the one minute rolls around, the computer activates, the mouse arrow blinks and the clock/calendar disappears.

This is a new issue as my computer has been operating without this blinking/activation up until about 1 week ago.

I am not sure about my description here as I don't really know all the different terminology when it comes to computer functions, etc. So I hope the problem I am trying to describe is understandable.

Has anyone else run across this problem of the 60 second hard drive activation? If so, has a solution been found?

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on a Dell Inspiron N5010.

A:Hard drive activity shows every 60 seconds

If the task bar blinks too and maybe the shortcut icons, then it sounds like something is killing explorer and then restarting it real quick.

You can test that theory by:
opening task manager
selecting the processes tab
if need be - make the process ID column display
(view > select columns > PID)
if need be - set the update speed to high
(view > update speed > high)

See if the PID changes for explorer shortly after you see the desktop flash.

The steps above are more of a curiosity - than troubleshooting.

Start here to try and find the offending app or stuck installer:
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

You can also use process monitor to see if you can see what app is causing the problem.

No matter what you find, I would run a scan with WDO:
What is Windows Defender Offline?
Let it complete the quick scan and then do the full scan. I would try and use a USB flash drive.

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How can I determine which application or process is responsible for some unusually long, persistent hard drive activity? Hard drive activity is not continuous, but more like 1 or 2 second on/off activity for long periods of time. Is there a utility that can determine this?

I have checked for running processes in Task Manager (none appear to be taking CPU cycles). I also checked my Norton's System Works 2005 to see if there were any background processes running on a pre-set interval, and could not find a basis for this activity there either.

I am running Windows 2000, and also run Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Plus and SpyBot Search & Destroy for spyware. Norton's Go Back is active, but I'm used to only seeing extra hard drive activity when I first start up.

Again, is there any utility out there that can help with investigating what is responsible for the unusual hard drive activity?


A:Unusual, Persistent Hard Drive Activity

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I have Windows 7 x64 and a Western Digital hard drive. I don't know if this has been going on for awhile or not or if I just ever noticed it, but even when my system is completely idle, with no programs open or anything, I hear the hard drive write head for about 10 seconds or so, then it's gone. Then it will do it again after awhile. It's really only noticeable because the drive is a WD, and WD's have a little noisier drive.

Anti-virus and spyware scans have not turned up anything but after doing some research on this issue, many people feel it could just be services or processes running or the anti-virus. I do have indexing disabled and the defrag is set on manual. I guess it could be some other sort of unknown process going on though in task scheduler, I don't know.

A:Hearing hard drive activity when idle

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When I shut down my system there is audible disc activity and a flickering HD LED at, and immediately after, the point at which the machine turns off. This is scary because I have always understood that turning off power while a HD is active is more than likely to kill it, and I haven't noticed this on other machines. The mainboard is a QDI Advance 5-133E and the O/S Windows 2000 Pro.

Is this dangerous? Is there any way I can get back the good old "It is now safe to turn off your computer" message?

I would like to get the message back anyway, because I always turn off at the mains socket immediately I shut down, but all I can find online is questions from people trying to get rid of the message!

A:Hard Drive activity AFTER machine shuts down

That's a Power Management issue
The computer should really just fully shutdown (unless really old)

Try running Bios setup defaults (usually press DEL or F2 or some other key to get into bios setup screen, when the computer first turns on)

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I am having an issue with my OS hanging every so often (approx. every two weeks). It always requires a hard restart via the power or reset button. It doesn't seem to be related to doing the same things on the computer, but other symptoms that have been occurring are as follows:
When the OS hangs the hard drive light is lit and stays lit continually until the system is restarted.
Previously after restarts, the MB would not recognize my primary HD (SSD SATA). It seemed the only way to get around this was to completely shut down the machine (including the PS), disconnect the cables to the HD, reconnect them and reboot the machine. Recently, this issues has seemed to go away - now everything reboots fine after the hang & restart.
When the power to the PS is shut off or disconnected, the MB looses all its settings. I initially thought this was due to the CMOS battery being old and so I replaced it. The problem persists.
Windows explorer crashes more often then I would think is normal for a Win 7 system (approx. twice a week). This doesn't usually cause a problem and explorer reboots itself and the computer continues working fine (I usually restart shortly thereafter to be on the safe side).

I have suspected the PS, HD, and MB alternately; but can't be sure which is the culprit. I can't afford to buy new parts purely on suspicion and can't swap parts from my other systems long enough to verify that the problem won't reproduce itself after a while.

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A:Hard Drive Activity Related Hang

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Honestly I'm surprised you're getting somewhat normal functionality at all out of that one. Windows 7 doesn't run well with under 2GB of memory and that PSU looks very underpowered. I'd bet that the real reason for your problems is the PSU.

Please follow the instructions here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html


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