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Unread 11-05-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id


I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.

What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?


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Unread 11-05-2008, 07:22 PM   #2
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

You don't stop it!

Vista is nearly always doing something. It is much easier to get used to it.
It is not particularly harmful, and mostly it is beneficial. It may be
managing a paging file, or it may be tracking program usage so that most
used programs will be loaded on the fastest part of the disk during defrag,
it may be defragging, or perhaps Windows Defender is running, or the upgrade
manager, or the reliability tracking indicator, or it may be making shadow
copies, or phoning home, or checking for updates, or checking for problem
solutions, or.... You get the idea! It may not even be Vista running, as
today nearly every program wants to check for updates.

Instead of stopping what you are doing to run all these utilities, Vista
runs them in the background with no intervention on your part and also
almost no impact on the processor, and you go on about your business with no
worries.


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> I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>
> What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
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Unread 11-05-2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

On another point, you generally run a 64 bit version for improved
performance. Turning off prefetch is a sure way to slow down the system. If
you are performance oriented, enable it.

Have fun.


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> I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>
> What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
>
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Unread 11-05-2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

How much memory do you have? If you have 2GB or less then I am not
surprised the hard drive runs constantly and it still will no matter what
you turn off. It is paging to virtual memory on the hard drive. The
solution is to add more memory so that the system does not have to keep
moving things back and forth.

"4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
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> I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>
> What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
>
>
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Unread 11-05-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
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3gb.

it usually starts when the computer is just sitting idle. Internet
Explorer doesnt' seem to interrupt it but If I start a game it usually
stops. If I go into sleep mode, the hard drive will continue to run
almost immediately after waking it up. i also have turned off
powerboost.
Colin Barnhorst;3727131 Wrote:
> How much memory do you have? If you have 2GB or less then I am not
> surprised the hard drive runs constantly and it still will no matter
> what
> you turn off. It is paging to virtual memory on the hard drive. The
> solution is to add more memory so that the system does not have to
> keep
> moving things back and forth.
>
> "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
> news:4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com...
> >
> > I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> > indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> > time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
> >
> > What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
> >
> >
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Unread 12-05-2008, 02:17 AM   #6
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

Use the Performance and Reliability Monitor in Adminstrative Tools to get an
idea of what is going on with the drive activity. This gave me useful info
and a suggested course to take in a similar situation. I found out that the
system was spending excessive time writing to the page file and followed the
suggestion in the report.

"4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399r7c@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
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> 3gb.
>
> it usually starts when the computer is just sitting idle. Internet
> Explorer doesnt' seem to interrupt it but If I start a game it usually
> stops. If I go into sleep mode, the hard drive will continue to run
> almost immediately after waking it up. i also have turned off
> powerboost.
> Colin Barnhorst;3727131 Wrote:
>> How much memory do you have? If you have 2GB or less then I am not
>> surprised the hard drive runs constantly and it still will no matter
>> what
>> you turn off. It is paging to virtual memory on the hard drive. The
>> solution is to add more memory so that the system does not have to
>> keep
>> moving things back and forth.
>>
>> "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
>> news:4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com...
>> >
>> > I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
>> > indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
>> > time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>> >
>> > What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
>> >
>> >
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Unread 14-05-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

I've seen McAffee do this on my computer from time to time. Regardless
though, you can find out by using something to see what's using resources. A
good example: At Sysinternals.com you can get Process Explorer. It's a
great little utility to see what's going on. Try it, let us know...
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Let this forum know if this helps or if you figure out the problem, so
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"Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

> Use the Performance and Reliability Monitor in Adminstrative Tools to get an
> idea of what is going on with the drive activity. This gave me useful info
> and a suggested course to take in a similar situation. I found out that the
> system was spending excessive time writing to the page file and followed the
> suggestion in the report.
>
> "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399r7c@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
> news:4evrnyt.399r7c@DoNotSpam.com...
> >
> > 3gb.
> >
> > it usually starts when the computer is just sitting idle. Internet
> > Explorer doesnt' seem to interrupt it but If I start a game it usually
> > stops. If I go into sleep mode, the hard drive will continue to run
> > almost immediately after waking it up. i also have turned off
> > powerboost.
> > Colin Barnhorst;3727131 Wrote:
> >> How much memory do you have? If you have 2GB or less then I am not
> >> surprised the hard drive runs constantly and it still will no matter
> >> what
> >> you turn off. It is paging to virtual memory on the hard drive. The
> >> solution is to add more memory so that the system does not have to
> >> keep
> >> moving things back and forth.
> >>
> >> "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
> >> news:4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com...
> >> >
> >> > I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> >> > indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> >> > time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
> >> >
> >> > What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
> >> >
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Unread 17-05-2008, 08:25 AM   #8
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

I upgraded my Acer Aspire from 1Gig to 2 Gig when I purchased it and have
not had any low memory issues that I can detect. I guess it depends what
software you run and how memory intensive the software is. But it is amazing
how much memory you need considering my first 386 computer only had 1MB and
I thought upgrading to 2MB was cutting edge!

James
"Colin Barnhorst" <c.barnhorst@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> How much memory do you have? If you have 2GB or less then I am not
> surprised the hard drive runs constantly and it still will no matter what
> you turn off. It is paging to virtual memory on the hard drive. The
> solution is to add more memory so that the system does not have to keep
> moving things back and forth.
>
> "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
> news:4evrnyt.399dbe@DoNotSpam.com...
>>
>> I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
>> indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
>> time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>>
>> What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
>>
>>
>> --
>> 4evrnyt
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>> View this thread: http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=846798
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Unread 17-06-2008, 05:22 PM   #9
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Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive duringid

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Close all applications. Run Perfmon. Click on Disk. Click on disk
Write. If your system sits "idle" long enough you should eventually
see disk write drop off to nothing. If not, look to see what is causing
disk IO. Turning off Superfetch and indexing on your fixed disk
drive(s) kills lots of disk IO without effecting system performance.

The "hard drive light" can indicate more than just fixed disk activity.
If your case IO light keeps blinking about once a second after disk
write activity stops then there is no disk activity - the problem may be
the SATA/IDE chipset IO polling related to your CD/DVD drive. If this
is the case disconnect the SATA or IDE connection to your CD/DVD drive.
Does this reduce of eliminate "apparent" IO activity?

What is your motherboard brand/model and the SATA/IDE chipset(s) on the
motherboard?


4evrnyt wrote:
> I am having the same issue with Vista 64-bit but I've turned off
> indexing and superfetch and the hard drive is still running all the
> time when I'm not doing anything on the computer.
>
> What is there to disable to get it to stop doing this?
>
>


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