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Unread 05-11-2007, 11:05 PM   #1
Sid
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Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
saxonsystems@comcast.net
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Sid
"The farce be with you"

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Unread 12-11-2007, 04:04 AM   #2
Dustin Harper
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive duringid

The hard drive is working constantly because Vista is indexing the
drive. It should stop after a few days, depending on how many files you
have. It makes searches a lot faster. But, initially, you will notice a
lot of hard drive activity.

--
Dustin Harper
dharper@vistarip.com
http://www.vistarip.com


Sid wrote:
> I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
> dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
> plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
> 4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
> or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
> and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
> and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
> installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
> after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
> Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
> I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
> but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
> had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
> for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
> sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
> Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
> to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
> Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
> saxonsystems@comcast.net

 
Unread 13-11-2007, 11:03 AM   #3
Sid Saxon
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

Thanks for the reply. I have been running Vista on the machine for a few
months. Would that still be what is happening?
I thought about turning indexing services off. So I did anhd it cut down
most of it. Now it is just a short flash about every 1 to 2 sec.
-Sid

"Dustin Harper" wrote:

> The hard drive is working constantly because Vista is indexing the
> drive. It should stop after a few days, depending on how many files you
> have. It makes searches a lot faster. But, initially, you will notice a
> lot of hard drive activity.
>
> --
> Dustin Harper
> dharper@vistarip.com
> http://www.vistarip.com
>
>
> Sid wrote:
> > I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
> > dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
> > plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
> > 4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
> > or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
> > and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
> > and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
> > installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
> > after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
> > Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
> > I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
> > but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
> > had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
> > for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
> > sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
> > Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
> > to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
> > Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
> > saxonsystems@comcast.net

>

 
Unread 20-11-2007, 06:24 AM   #4
John Tuttle
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

On Nov 13, 3:00 am, Sid Saxon <SidSa...@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:
> Thanks for the reply. I have been running Vista on the machine for a few
> months. Would that still be what is happening?
> I thought about turning indexing services off. So I did anhd it cut down
> most of it. Now it is just a short flash about every 1 to 2 sec.
> -Sid
>
>
>
> "Dustin Harper" wrote:
> > The hard drive is working constantly because Vista is indexing the
> > drive. It should stop after a few days, depending on how many files you
> > have. It makes searches a lot faster. But, initially, you will notice a
> > lot of hard drive activity.

>
> > --
> > Dustin Harper
> > dhar...@vistarip.com
> >http://www.vistarip.com

>
> > Sid wrote:
> > > I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
> > > dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
> > > plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
> > > 4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
> > > or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
> > > and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
> > > and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
> > > installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
> > > after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
> > > Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
> > > I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
> > > but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
> > > had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
> > > for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
> > > sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
> > > Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
> > > to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
> > > Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
> > > saxonsyst...@comcast.net- Hide quoted text -

>
> - Show quoted text -


You might also try stopping the Superfetch service. Set it to manual
start instead of automatic.
 
Unread 20-11-2007, 06:24 AM   #5
John Tuttle
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

On Nov 13, 3:00 am, Sid Saxon <SidSa...@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:
> Thanks for the reply. I have been running Vista on the machine for a few
> months. Would that still be what is happening?
> I thought about turning indexing services off. So I did anhd it cut down
> most of it. Now it is just a short flash about every 1 to 2 sec.
> -Sid
>
>
>
> "Dustin Harper" wrote:
> > The hard drive is working constantly because Vista is indexing the
> > drive. It should stop after a few days, depending on how many files you
> > have. It makes searches a lot faster. But, initially, you will notice a
> > lot of hard drive activity.

>
> > --
> > Dustin Harper
> > dhar...@vistarip.com
> >http://www.vistarip.com

>
> > Sid wrote:
> > > I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
> > > dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
> > > plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
> > > 4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
> > > or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
> > > and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
> > > and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
> > > installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
> > > after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
> > > Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
> > > I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
> > > but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
> > > had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
> > > for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
> > > sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
> > > Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
> > > to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
> > > Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
> > > saxonsyst...@comcast.net- Hide quoted text -

>
> - Show quoted text -


You might also try stopping the Superfetch service. Set it to manual
start instead of automatic.
 
Unread 25-11-2007, 01:59 AM   #6
Justin
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

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Sid,
I have this same situation on a fresh install of XP Pro - no drivers or any
new software yet. I've haven't seen this on any of the workstations at work.
It looks like many people have this problem, by looking at other posts.
Did you find a way to stop the HDD writes?

Justin

"Sid Saxon" wrote:

> Thanks for the reply. I have been running Vista on the machine for a few
> months. Would that still be what is happening?
> I thought about turning indexing services off. So I did anhd it cut down
> most of it. Now it is just a short flash about every 1 to 2 sec.
> -Sid
>
> "Dustin Harper" wrote:
>
> > The hard drive is working constantly because Vista is indexing the
> > drive. It should stop after a few days, depending on how many files you
> > have. It makes searches a lot faster. But, initially, you will notice a
> > lot of hard drive activity.
> >
> > --
> > Dustin Harper
> > dharper@vistarip.com
> > http://www.vistarip.com
> >
> >
> > Sid wrote:
> > > I need some answers to a question, actually an answer or opinion. I have a
> > > dual boot machine XP/Vista Home Prem. , This is a pretty fast machine with
> > > plenty of horsepower to run Vista. Gigabyte Mobo, Athlon 64 X2 4400+ chip,
> > > 4gb OCZ 800mhz. RAM, plenty of cooling and I'm not overclocking the processor
> > > or anything like that. During system IDLE the HD light is constantly flashing
> > > and I can hear it reading the HD. I have a IDE 160GB primary HD cut in half
> > > and each partition has plenty of extra space after all software was
> > > installed. A secondary SATA 300mbs 320 GB drive for DATA. It did not do this
> > > after I initially installed both systems and got them up and running using
> > > Vistas boot manager with Vista as the default.
> > > I just need to know where to start looking. I have had this problem before
> > > but only when I did not have enough system resources on the HD or RAM when I
> > > had a dual boot OS/2 / Windows 95 machine long ago. OS/2 was just too much
> > > for it and it constantly read the HD, I assume reading and writing to the
> > > sys.pagefile due to lack of enough memory.
> > > Anyone know where to start looking with this much information? If you need
> > > to know all of the software installed I can get that together with no problem.
> > > Thanks In Advance for the help, Sid
> > > saxonsystems@comcast.net

> >


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