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HARD DRIVE - excessive activity

Q: HARD DRIVE - excessive activity

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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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

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I have a dell xps computer and suddenly I have extremely slow web access and the machine is running slow. Hard drive continues to access. Have defragged, Run Norton anti virus and have run Adaware with some results.

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I have a laptop [Toshiba Tecra] that continues to have excessive Hard Disk Activity even though it is otherwise not being used. It appears to be doing a background scan and/or defragmenting but no software is running or obvious.

Does anyone know a utility that shows what software is accessing the HDD to help me solve this?

Thanks in advance.


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At frequent intervals, the Hard Disk start working overtime for a few minutes at a time, during which period the computer is non-responsive.
I have all auto-updates disabled (except for Kaspersky - which doesn't appear to be the problem).
I cannot find what is causing all the HD activity, and a Virus Scan reports all clear.

I have posted an HiJack this log, and would be grateful if someone would give it a quick look over and see if anything is showing up that could be causing all the activity.
Many Thanks!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 23:00:52, on 02/09/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Comms\AnalogX\CookieWall\cookie.exe
C:\Program Files\Misc\ClocX\ClocX.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy Media Creator 8\Drag to Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\SharedCOM8\RoxWatchTray.exe
C:\WINDO... Read more

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Greetings to All!

on frequent occasions, the Hard Disk appears to be accessed for long periods of time (in ecess of 1/2 an hour) after which it reverts to normal activity for a while before starting the same cycle again.
While this is going on, my Computer stops responding totally and I can't even Shut Down or access the Task Manager to see what is using all the resources.
I have disabled Auto Updates on a number of programs, removed others from StartUp, and defragged the Hard Disk.
I have also rum MBAM; SpyBot and carried out a full check with Kaspersky Virus Killer, all of which reported clear.

I tried running the Panda On-Line Scanner, but it stopped after completing 40% and reported 3 Infected Files. It didn't say what files they were and directed me to a screen that wanted a payment to fix, and presumably continue scanning.

I have just started this post after waiting for the system return to normal. and hope to finish it before the Hard Disk spins up again.
I have posted an HJT Log below, and would be grateful if someone would check-it out and see if there is in fact any Malware evident that could be scanning my Computer and possibly accessing the Internet to transmit any files it gathers.

Many thanks for reading this - Any comments or help in resolving this would be greatly appreciated!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:30:06, on 09/02/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.1870... Read more

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My friends computer has excessive hard drive activity while idle.

I'm sure there could be other explanations than malware, but I have not been able to find another explanation as of yet.

OS is Windows XP.

McAffe is the the main virus scanner used; I have never seen it find anything.
I also tried Trend Micro online scan; nothing showed up with this scanner either.

When I look in Task Manager (while the hard drive light is almost steady on) there are no applications open. When I look at the processes I see several instances of SVC Host.
Again, this may be perfectly normal, but I was looking for what uses more memory and this seemed to be where a good portion was going.

So what should I do first?

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When I 1st start my computer my hard drive is running like there is no tomorrow. It causes delays when loading Exployer 9 etc. I figure there is a file that is havin trouble loading, just haven't been able to locate it. After 5 minutes it calms down and everything works fine. I might add no speed issues once it calms down. The reason I think it is a file or some type of program I ran System File Checker tool and everthing is Ok. Not getting any error messages. I've checked for malware and viruses, clean. The only think I can provide, when booting, I get a high spike in CPU and memory usuage.

I am running Vista Home Premium 32. All updates have been installed. Drivers are up-todate. I have 2 GB memory.

I hope I'm in the right place. Any help Would be much appreciated.

A:Drive excessive activity starting up

You have Service Pack 1 or equivalent then? One thing that can cause Vista to run the HD is if you have WMP set to share media over the network. It will look through all the files on the HD for media files to catalog. Another thing is indexing. If your HD is NTFS only then you can search using the Everything Search program with no indexing. Thereby allowing you to turn indexing off. Everything Search uses the MFT structures to get the info without indexing. But it only works on NTFS.

With Vista it can be a number of things. When I got my first Vista machine it took me about 2 months to learn all I needed to know to stop my HD from thrashing. It seemed like everyone but me could use the drive.

First thing I would try is the WMP settings. Set your network not to share media files via WMP.

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Dear Experts,

I am new to forums...I run a XP SP2 and having prooblems with excessive harddisk activity and the svchost.exe NETWORK SERVICE is consuming 98% of the CPU resources.

Usually I kill the process and continue working but need a more permanent solution.

I have done all the 5 steps as asked, am copying the HJT log below. Any help would be highly apprecited.

Thanks in advance.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:51:02, on 13/05/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRpc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRT.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\UPHClean\uphclean.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Upd... Read more

A:Excessive Hard Disk Activity; svchost.exe NETWORK SERVICE consuming 98% CPU

Welcome to TSF

Download and install CleanUp!. Do NOT run it yet.

Open Cleanup! by double-clicking the icon on your desktop (or from the Start > All Programs menu). Set the program up as follows:Click "Options..."
Move the arrow down to "Custom CleanUp!"
Put a check next to the following:Empty Recycle Bins
Delete Cookies
Delete Prefetch files
Cleanup! All Users
Click on the ?Temporary Files? and uncheck the box for ?Scan drives for file matching? if it?s checked.

Click OK
Press the CleanUp! button to start the program. Reboot/logoff when prompted.

WARNING - CleanUp! will delete all files and folders contained within Temporary Directories. If you knowingly have items you would like to keep that are stored in these locations; Move Them Now!!!

Establish an internet connection & perform an online scan with Internet Explorer at Kaspersky Online Scanner

Answer Yes, when prompted to install an ActiveX component. The program will then begin downloading the latest definition files.
Once the files have been downloaded click on NEXT
Locate the Scan Settings button & configure to: Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:Extended

Scan Options:Scan Archives
Scan Mail Bases
Click OK & have it scan My Computer
Once the scan is complete, it will display if your system has been infected. It does not provide an option to clean/disinfect. We only require a report from it.
Click the Save as Text button to save the file to y... Read more

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I have recently purchased a new HP Stream 11 with a 32gb hard drive. The long and short of my question is I was trying to fix my PC from my notebook and put Windows OS on a jump drive. I was using windows media creation tool and it said I need 8gb of space on my hard drive. I looked and there was only about 6gb of space left on my hard drive. Of the 32gb, 5gb is used for windows and I have a capacity of 27gb but 22gb are already used. I haven't installed anything on this notebook other then Chrome broswer and download this one file. How can 2/3 of the hard drive space already be taken. My windows file says it's 17.5gb and uses 11.2gb on the disk. I need to free this up because this seems like a big waste. Any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thanks Natalie

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Hey gang!
I've tried several forums in relation to this problem but nobody has responded and I hope that someone here might know what's going on. I'll post a copy of my message and info below.

About a week ago this started. Whenever I browse the internet whether with Firefox or IE, my hard drive will start thrashing endlessly and it will do this for about 3-5 minutes before it actually connects to the page. Once the activity stops the page loads. I tried running a full scan with Bitdefender, Spybot, Hijackthis and it came up clean. Also tried defragging and disk checks, nothing. Nothing is set to auto update as I know this causes excess activity at times. It makes surfing impossible. It doesn't matter what page I visit either. If I go to Google it thrashes, if I click a link it thrashes. I haven't added anything to the system. I even tried to wipe out and reinstall firefox but it still does it. I'll attach a DDS log hopefully someone can give some assistance with this. Thanks in advance!

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Run by lordkor at 17:32:57 on 2011-11-25
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Bitdefender 2012\vsserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\G-series Software\LGDCore.exe
C:\Prog... Read more

A:Excessive hard drive access while browsing need help.

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I'm trying to fix a friend's HP laptop. It seems to have some weird problems. I've done scans with Avast boot scan and Windows defender which found some stuff that they removed. I also tried the Kaspersky rescue disc but the laptop froze during the scan.

The computer hibernates randomly and sometimes freezes. The freezings are probably overheating problems because the Kaspersky disk is Linux-based.

The computer froze during the GMER scan but I can try it again.
I've googled the lsass.exe problem, it can occur from various different reasons but i suspect malware.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_29
Run by Heikkinen at 12:55:46 on 2012-03-31
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.358.1035.18.3069.1534 [GMT 3:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Disabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Disabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNe... Read more

A:Excessive hard drive access by lsass.exe

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Our acer windows 7 desktop recently got a virus that caused the computer to be unstable so we restored the computer using the restore to factory settings with the restore program. We have no factory restore disc. After the restore the computer is still very sluggish and the hard drive is clicking constantly. It also seems to lock while viewing web pages. Prior to getting the virus the computer was working great with no apparent issues. At this point we haven't installed any programs other than the ones that came loaded with the restore. Is it possible the virus is still on the computer? Or is there something else going on.

A:Solved: Excessive hard drive clicking

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My OS is Windows xp home sp3 with all updates. The computer is an amd athlon xp1700+. There is 500mb ram.

I run McAfee, Spybot, AdAware, Defender and Sophos Anti Rootkit. I have stopped all cookies and eliminated most of the items in Msconfig. Virtual memory is set to normal.

Most of the programs have been eliminated using Revo Uninstaller.

The computer is very slow and the hard drive still flogs excessively. I know the RAM is a bit small, but this is an old machine that I am using to learn a few things on.

After turn-on the task manager finally settles down to 4% or less, but the PF usage still stays up around 800 mb. The hard drive light is flashing continuously. It takes a minute or two to open an application.

Does anyone have an idea as to what the problem is?

A:[SOLVED] Excessive Hard Drive Flogging

XP itself take close to 512MB in its normal operation.

Depending on the programs that are set to start at boot, windows will have no spare
room to operate.
Anything else that opens requires more memory in order to work correctly.

From that point on the hard drive will be needed to page things in and out of the page file and replace it into active memory before the actual operation can occur.

If all of the above programs are running at once then you have found the problem

More memory is advised.

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Looking for suggestions please. My HP laptop pavilion w/8gigs ram is constantly running around 75 to 100 cpu activity and it make it very slow to move around online. I have run malware and virus scans and nothing has been found. My processes are on average in the mid 80's. Perhaps my browesr? Comodo Dragon-chrome based. Anyone have a thought?

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My HP laptop pavilion w/8gigs ram is constantly running around 75 to 100 cpu activity and it make it very slow to move around online.
My processes are on average in the mid 80's.Click to expand...

If that laptop has over 80 running processes, that's one reason why it's running slow and has high processor(CPU) usage.

What's the exact serial number and product number and model number of that laptop?


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This might have already been discussed but I'm desperate. Starting a week ago my Win7 desktop with a fresh build started to have excessive and constant HDD activity. The task manager and process monitor shows nothing strange. But the performance is terrible. I've tried...

-Killing all processes and services
-Stopping indexing
-Stopping any antivirus and malware (after a successful scan)
-uninstalling most all apps
-hardware diagnosis (clean)

Nothing worked. Here's the rub... When I run HDDscan to deep scan the drive for performance and problems, the machine goes quiet and performs 100%! I've noticed that when it's busy uninstalling or running a scan it's back to normal.

What the heck?!?!

A:Excessive HDD activity

Hello & Welcome to SevenForums!

Is your Windows 7 making a Restore Point, Updating etc?
Try also to disable your anti-virus, just to see if something is happening.
An idea, could be to type msconfig.exe, go to the startup-tab and see what is starting up when Windows 7 is starting. Un-usefull applications, software etc should be ticked as off.
You could do this in CCleaner also.

Startup Programs - Change

Best Regards,

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After a recent battle with some viruses, my hard disk runs almost continuously and all applications run very slowly.I also get messages that windows is increasing virtual memory quite frequently.I think I have removed all of the viruses. Full system scans with Norton and several other utilities show up clean. I have done all the usual things to clean out the system and boost performance.I have indexing and system restore switched off.I am running XP with 1Gb of RAM.In task manager, the process using all the CPU is usually "System Idle Process"I am down to about 10% free space on my hard drive, but that hasn't been a problem up to now.Can you see anything in the attached HJT log that might flag the problem?*********************Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:12:30 AM, on 21/12/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcH... Read more

A:Excessive Disk Activity

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum rockdoctorMy name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.If you have previously downloaded ComboFix,please delete that version now.WarningYou should NOT use Combofix unless you have been instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is intended by its creator to be used under the guidance and supervision of an expert,not for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could render your system/pc inoperable.Now download Combofix and save to your desktop:Note It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop Close any open browsers.Double click on combofix.exe and follow the prompts. When it's finished it will produce a log. Post the entire contents of C:\ComboFix.txt into your next reply. Note Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause the program to freeze/hang. Do NOT post the ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt unless I ask.NoteIn case your Antivirus or any other realtime scanner is displaying an alert after you downloaded Combofix or while you use Combofix,please disable your scanner and redownload Combofix again.Some scanners may see some combofix related components as suspicious and block or delete them while there's nothing wrong with them.Also post a new Hijackthis log please.

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I recently noticed excessive internet activity looking at the two computer screens in the right hand corner of my screen.
I have run, Spybot Search and Destroy, Adaware, Malwarebytes and this problem is still happening.
Checking on Statis of the activity, uploading is far higher than downloads.
I am running XP Pro and IE7.
In Task Manager I disabled svchost.exe and the activity stopped.
I have attached a Hijack this log and would appreciate some advise.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:50:34 PM, on 19/08/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exe
C:\Program Files\UPHClean\uphclean.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet E... Read more

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I?m wondering why there is such frequent hard drive usage, even when little is happening.

There seems to be almost constant hard drive writing, with a few second gap in between, except for when left idle the hard drive writing eventually stops, but then after some there will be another write though infrequent.

I?m concerned that all this hard drive writing will lead to a greater chance of hard drive crash, which is a big pain.

Computer system: new, specs below:

1 Intel ATX E6400 CORE 2 DUO /2.13GHz/2MB CACHE/1066FSB/LGA775
1 Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 P965 PCIE16, DualDDRII SATAII Glan
1 DDR2 1024MB (2X512Mb,1G Kit) PC4300 DDR2 RAM Kingmax/Kingston
1 DDR2 1024MB (2X512Mb,1G Kit) PC4300 DDR2 RAM Kingmax/Kingston
1 Asus EN7900GS-2DHT 256M DDR3 HDTV Dual DVI
1 Samsung 931B 19 inch TFT Black 5ms DVI
1 Pioneer DVR-111DBK 16X DVD-/+R/RW Dual Layer(OEM Black)
1 Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Value Sound Card 7.1
1 Antec SLK1650 Solution Series ATX MiniTower Case 350W Black
1 Seagate SATAII NCQ 320GB 7200RPM 16mb Cache
1 Microsoft Windows XP Home (OEM)
1 Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 3000
Award BIOS

I can hear the hard drive usage, see the hard drive light flicker on the system case, and I?m using SpeedUpMyPC3 hard drive usage monitoring software. I also note that rarely is much RAM used, rarely is the CPU used at a high level, but the one hour graph of hard drive usage shows incredible usage. The one minute graph separates usage into read versus write, and while read u... Read more

A:How To Diagnose And Stop Apparently Excessive Hard Drive Accessing

I was just shown how to use Windows Task Manager to add an I/O Writes column to the Processes window.

With only Firefox and SpeedUpMyPC monitoring running (after maybe 5 hours of computer on this morning), the main culprits are:

svchost.exe 9730
lsass.exe 5185
system 2183

The lsass.exe looks like the main offender, as it is constantly going up. In 5 minutes it is now at 6052, as I write this sentence it has gone to 6115. Five minutes later, it is 7433.

There is an lsass.exe file in Windows\System32 directory dated 02/28/2006 of 13kb size.

Is there any way I can reduce the frequent, regular hard drive writing?


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Hi ,

I'd be grateful of any help thay anyone can offer - I'm running XP

Problem : my pc takes around 15-20 after booting for the disk to stop being accessed, during this time it is almost impossible to run any applications. Once this issue resolves itself then starting up either ie explorer or outlook express is accompanied by another 5/10 minutes of constant disk activity

So far I've checked disk for errors using chkdsk , defragged both drives using disk keeper , runa full virus check using NOD32 and a malware scan using ant-malware. I've also reduced the no of apps that load on startup using msconfig but am still getting the problem

Does anyone have any thoughts on what else I can try or where the problem might lie - I am concerned that I may have some form of malware or virus that isn't being picked up or could it simply be that my hard drive is failing

A:Excessive Disk Activity and Slowness

or could it simply be that my hard drive is failingGo to the support site for the manufacturer of your hard drive and in their drivers and download section, download their diagnostic utility and run itPlease download SINO by Artellos from hereSave SINO to a place you can remember and run SINO.exe.Then please check the following checkboxes:
[CODEX]System Info
Boot Check
Startup Items
Hosts file
Routing Table[/CODEX]Once checked, hit the Run Scan! button and wait for the program to finish the scan.A notepad file will pop up, Please copy and paste the content of the notepad into your next reply.Note: If you try to interact with the program once it's started scanning it might appear to hang. The scan however will continue.

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Hi All,
I've been beating my head against a wall for the past 6 months with an intermittent networking issue whereby one of my PC's network connection runs extremely slow. It will run fine for a month or so, then issue strikes. It's isolated to one PC, the other computers on the network are unaffected. I've found today that the activity sent/received is very high compared to other computers i.e. connection has been enabled for about 10 minutes and sent/received values are 70MB/3.5MB and all I've done is accessed a website.
It also appears to work fine for the first site I access and the activity level is minimal, then I try to navigate to a different page the activity sky rockets and website fails to load or loads extremely slowly.
The only fix I've found is to run a network cable, then after a week or so I try the wireless connection and it runs as expected.
I've just run a virus scan with AVG free and no threats were found. Also run Malwarebyte and didn't pick up any malicious softward
The router is a TP-Link TD-W8960N
The wireless card is TL-WN951N
Windows 7 64-bit.
Any ideas?

A:Excessive network activity -Win7 64 bit

Welcome to TSG:
So are you saying that a wired connection does not have this problem ?

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On start up the hard drive on the HP Pavilion laptop is excessively used for over 15 minutes. It is so excessive that it affects system performance (all programs). I have downloaded and used DiskMon and it shows constant small usage. After 15 minutes it stops using the hard drive to the point it degrades performance. but the hard disk activity is still pretty constant every 2-3 seconds.

A:Solved: Excessive disk Activity on XP startup

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Hi guys... i am at frustration point with the host computer on my home network.
(2 Computers sharing a DSL 1500 speed internet connection Via a LAN Connection.)
The host computer (XP, SP2, 2.6 Intel, 760MB Ram 40gig HP Pavilion) of my network keeps locking up or slows to a crawl intermitently. (Mouse works but no response upon clicks or there are minutes between the click and the response ). This inturn kills my internet connection on the 2nd computer. (very Frustrating) (Button Restart to reconnect)
I Have a feeling that i have been attacked after realizing that the C Drive had been "shared" for networking purposes....
Doesn't this compromise security when on the internet?
I also noticed that when the computer freezes up (or slows to a crawl) that the modem appears to be flashing as if there is a lot of modem activity.
I have run CCleaner,Spy Bot, Ewido and my usual Norton's scan but with no luck to stop the Problem.
I have included a copy of the hi-jack log for you to take a look at...... Thankyou so much in advance for your time on this one.... hope i have given enough detail for a lead on my problem.... Deano.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:35:21 PM, on 30/09/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\W... Read more

A:Solved: Windows xp locks and modem shows excessive activity....

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Hi, just re-designed home setup that another computer uses this computers disks through SMB shares, with lots of disc activity all the time, but the problem persisted when i eliminated that as a factor. No BSOD when there is NO constant disc activity though.

I also installed NetWorx bandwidth monitor & changed 12GB of ram to 32GB of brand new ram.

The analyze -v of the dumps seem promising: but I'm not prolific enough to fully understand them: so was hoping for some help.

I'm running checkdsk's now: but taking forever on about 24TB of HDs.

Pasting the analyze -v here:

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 10.0.14321.1024 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [D:\110616-12875-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available
************* Symbol Path validation summary **************
Response Time (ms) Location
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Windows 10 Kernel Version 14393 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 14393.351.amd64fre.rs1_release_inmarket.161014-1755
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Kernel base = 0xfffff802`8ce87000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff802`8d18bfc0
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

A:Hard Drive Activity?

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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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So, my neighbor has an Acer system with a Pentium D processor running @ 3GHz and 1GB of RAM. It's got Windows Home Premium Edition installed and the hard drive light stays on almost constantly.

When I first looked at the system, it had no anti-virus software installed and Windows Defender was out of date. It also had NO service packs installed.

So, I installed Malwarebytes and ran a scan and it found MyWebSearch, FunWebProducts, and some registry traces of a Vundo trojan. After getting that cleaned up, I installed service packs 1 and 2 and Microsoft Security Essentials. A MSE scan found some infected audio files downloaded via Limewire but nothing running RAM and nothing in the registry.

The constant disk activity persisted after the above system changes. So, i did some research and found some possible culprits:

Windows Defender
Windows Search (Indexing function)

Windows Defender is no longer installed on the system (I think the MSE installer uninstalled it). I've disabled SuperFetch and ReadyBoost and disk activity seemed to reduce some but there still seems to be far too much activity. The hard drive light will stay mostly light (blinking a lot) if not on solid pretty much the entire time the system is booted. As a result, the system is running slower than it probably should.

Peak RAM usage I've monitored using Task Manager is right around 800MB, so there doesn't appear to be any swapping or thrashing due to RAM exhaustion.

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A:Help needed with excessive disk activity on Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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