Hard Drive constantly being accessed?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by JJ, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. JJ

    JJ Guest

    I've made several changes to my PC in the last few weeks and now the PC is
    constantly accessing the hard drive.

    Changes made recently: Added 2nd sata hard drive, added 1gb memory, added
    satellite internet and created a home network with 2 pcs and a router.
    Lastly I added Norton Ghost v10.0.

    It sounds to me like the added drive is being accessed because it is noisier
    than the original hard drive, but the only thing on that drive is the 4
    folders created by Ghost. I uninstalled Ghost but that was not the problem.

    I have tried booting up in the safe mode, same result. Accessing HD every
    2-3 seconds for about 1 sec.

    I'm running Win XP Pro on a Dell Dimension 4700.



    I am running Zone Alarm PRO and Norton System Works 2006 but both of these
    were on the system before I made the changes.

    Things I have tried: Disabled the network, shut down Zone Alarm and disabled
    Norton Virus protection, turned off the cable modem, router and turned off
    file sharing.

    My virtual memory is set to 2048MB and all of that is on the C drive.

    After initial boot-up, with no applications running, I still have over 40
    processes running according to Task Manager and I have no idea what the
    majority of them are for.

    When I boot into the Safe Mode, I lose mouse control, so I'm stuck as to
    what I can do in that mode.

    Anything else I should be looking for?
    JJ, Aug 19, 2006
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  2. JJ schreef:
    > I've made several changes to my PC in the last few weeks and now the PC is
    > constantly accessing the hard drive.
    >


    with the diskmon utility on the sysinternal site u can monitor hard disk
    activity

    check the link
    http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Diskmon.html
    Timo van Dort, Aug 19, 2006
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  3. Timo van Dort, Aug 19, 2006
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  4. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Very good, I installed it but still don't have a clue which program is
    accessing the disk.
    Below is a sample of the printout, it never stops. I guess I was wrong, it
    accessing disk 0, not the new one.
    time disk duration request sector length
    168.734625 0.00059128 0 Write 96542 8
    168.734625 0.00059128 0 Write 96534 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 96550 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 783639 1
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 783640 6
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 784246 2
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 784248 6
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 26875374 2
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 96542 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 783638 1
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 100214 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 96550 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 96542 8
    168.734625 0.00034332 0 Write 74846038 32

    "Timo van Dort" <> wrote in message
    news:44e72eb3$0$4530$4all.nl...
    > JJ schreef:
    >> I've made several changes to my PC in the last few weeks and now the PC
    >> is constantly accessing the hard drive.
    >>

    >
    > with the diskmon utility on the sysinternal site u can monitor hard disk
    > activity
    >
    > check the link
    > http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Diskmon.html
    JJ, Aug 19, 2006
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  5. Timo van Dort, Aug 19, 2006
    #5
  6. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Thanks!
    It seems to be this series but I'm still in the dark.

    10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    Offset: 5931008 Length: 4096
    10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 OPEN C:\ SUCCESS Options: Open Directory Access:
    00100001
    10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS FileNameInformation
    10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    FileFsVolumeInformation
    10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    FileFsAttributeInformation

    "Timo van Dort" <> wrote in message
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    > JJ schreef:
    >> Very good, I installed it but still don't have a clue which program is
    >> accessing the disk.

    >
    > therefore maybe the other tool (I sent afterwards) explains more ..
    >
    > http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Filemon.html
    JJ, Aug 19, 2006
    #6
  7. JJ schreef:
    > Thanks!
    > It seems to be this series but I'm still in the dark.
    >
    > 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    > Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    > 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    > 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    > Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    > 10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    > Offset: 5931008 Length: 4096
    > 10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB SUCCESS
    > 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 OPEN C:\ SUCCESS Options: Open Directory Access:
    > 00100001
    > 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS FileNameInformation
    > 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    > FileFsVolumeInformation
    > 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    > FileFsAttributeInformation


    something about vsmon.exe I found on internet

    ---
    Description:
    vsmon.exe is a process associated with the ZoneAlarm firewall. It is
    used to monitor Internet traffic and generate alerts depending on the
    security rules configured by the user. This program is important for the
    stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
    ---

    so this service has a lot of activity after placing a second harddisk..
    The cause .. beats me. I have no experience with Zone Alarm

    maybe a reinstall of zone alarm? (or just remove and use Windows Firewall)
    Timo van Dort, Aug 19, 2006
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  8. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Not sure when this started, as I said I have made lots of changes to the
    operating system in the last few weeks.
    Thanks for your help, I'll try on the Zone Alarm forum and see if anybody
    has a clue.
    Thanks again!
    "Timo van Dort" <> wrote in message
    news:44e73725$0$4530$4all.nl...
    > JJ schreef:
    >> Thanks!
    >> It seems to be this series but I'm still in the dark.
    >>
    >> 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB
    >> SUCCESS Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    >> 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB
    >> SUCCESS
    >> 10:58:04 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB
    >> SUCCESS Offset: 0 Length: 8192
    >> 10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 WRITE C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB
    >> SUCCESS Offset: 5931008 Length: 4096
    >> 10:58:05 AM vsmon.exe:1264 FLUSH C:\WINDOWS\Internet Logs\IAMDB.RDB
    >> SUCCESS
    >> 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 OPEN C:\ SUCCESS Options: Open Directory
    >> Access: 00100001
    >> 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    >> FileNameInformation
    >> 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    >> FileFsVolumeInformation
    >> 10:58:10 AM vsmon.exe:1264 QUERY INFORMATION C:\ SUCCESS
    >> FileFsAttributeInformation

    >
    > something about vsmon.exe I found on internet
    >
    > ---
    > Description:
    > vsmon.exe is a process associated with the ZoneAlarm firewall. It is used
    > to monitor Internet traffic and generate alerts depending on the security
    > rules configured by the user. This program is important for the stable and
    > secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
    > ---
    >
    > so this service has a lot of activity after placing a second harddisk..
    > The cause .. beats me. I have no experience with Zone Alarm
    >
    > maybe a reinstall of zone alarm? (or just remove and use Windows Firewall)
    JJ, Aug 19, 2006
    #8
  9. JJ

    bmoag Guest

    Put your swap file on the second hard drive and reboot.
    Run spyware filters.
    Get rid of the tons of crud that you have automatically loading and running
    in the background. While Norton is a horrible resource hog if you have paid
    for it you might as well use it until your subscription runs out. You need
    to check the settings on Norton with regard to background scans. Zone Alarm
    acting as a firewall does not page the hard drive.
    HOw do you have Ghost set up?
    Have you searched your MSCONFIG start-up folder to see what loads that you
    do not need?
    Have you looked at the Startup folder?
    How many Icons are in the system tray at the bottom right side of the start
    bar? Get rid of what you do not absolutely need.

    "JJ" <> wrote in message
    news:H5GFg.10767$...
    > I've made several changes to my PC in the last few weeks and now the PC is
    > constantly accessing the hard drive.
    >
    > Changes made recently: Added 2nd sata hard drive, added 1gb memory, added
    > satellite internet and created a home network with 2 pcs and a router.
    > Lastly I added Norton Ghost v10.0.
    >
    > It sounds to me like the added drive is being accessed because it is
    > noisier than the original hard drive, but the only thing on that drive is
    > the 4 folders created by Ghost. I uninstalled Ghost but that was not the
    > problem.
    >
    > I have tried booting up in the safe mode, same result. Accessing HD every
    > 2-3 seconds for about 1 sec.
    >
    > I'm running Win XP Pro on a Dell Dimension 4700.
    >
    >
    >
    > I am running Zone Alarm PRO and Norton System Works 2006 but both of these
    > were on the system before I made the changes.
    >
    > Things I have tried: Disabled the network, shut down Zone Alarm and
    > disabled Norton Virus protection, turned off the cable modem, router and
    > turned off file sharing.
    >
    > My virtual memory is set to 2048MB and all of that is on the C drive.
    >
    > After initial boot-up, with no applications running, I still have over 40
    > processes running according to Task Manager and I have no idea what the
    > majority of them are for.
    >
    > When I boot into the Safe Mode, I lose mouse control, so I'm stuck as to
    > what I can do in that mode.
    >
    > Anything else I should be looking for?
    >
    >
    bmoag, Aug 19, 2006
    #9
  10. JJ

    Plato Guest

    JJ wrote:
    >
    > I've made several changes to my PC in the last few weeks and now the PC is
    > constantly accessing the hard drive.


    Sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for things to "cool" down.



    --
    http://www.bootdisk.com/
    Plato, Aug 20, 2006
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