Win is wearing out my hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by johnsuth, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. johnsuth

    johnsuth Guest

    XP Pro x64 is interrogating my SCSI hard drive every second, and periodicaly
    reading the whole drive, while my foreground application is waiting for me to
    give it another instruction.

    I have not authorised any background applications and I have turned off some
    Windows services which I felt were simply not neccessary for my use of this
    computer, including internet access. The computer is definitely not accessing
    the internet.

    What might I consider to stop this noisy and pointless disk access?
    johnsuth, Aug 28, 2008
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  2. Hi,
    look for sysintenal's filemon(itor)
    you can figure out which app is accessing your files
    Juergen Kluth, Aug 28, 2008
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  3. Juergen Kluth suggested Sysinternals Filemon. It's free, and
    it's also part of an 8MB package (Sysinternals Suite) with other
    programs that could help diagnose what's happening: Filemon is great. "Process Explorer," included in the package,will show you what's going on outside of the file system.- David Stevens
    David Stevens, Aug 28, 2008
  4. johnsuth

    Tom Ferguson Guest

    The very first thing I would do is be sure I have a well-defined baseline
    system. To that end, I would turn back on any services I had disabled. Then
    I would run a repair install and re-apply all updates. Then, if the problem
    persisted, and I were sure it was not just the indexing service or some type
    of malware, I would start by using the tools already suggested in this

    Good luck.
    Tom Ferguson, Aug 28, 2008
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