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Old 02-05-04, 02:07 AM
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Cause of Idle Hard Drive Access?

I am running Windows XP Pro. From time to time, I catch my hard drive "grinding" away, so to speak, when I'm away from my computer or while it is idle. What would cause my computer to randomly access my hard drive for long periods of time. I'm talking about 5-10 mins, of straight, non-stop hard drive access. Anyone have any ideas? And possibly solutions...As usual, thanks in advance!
Old 02-05-04, 02:16 AM
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Most likely it's indexing or I believe XP tries to do some automatic optimizations (e.g. defragging).
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My guess is System Restore. Or if you have an antivirus program installed, it could be set to run when your computer is idle.
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I'd go with the antivirus option on this one. The best way to check though, launch Task Manager (ctrl+shift+esc), select the processes tab, and sort by CPU

See which process is running unusually high, and research that .exe file i.e. search on it in google or another search engine.

If nothing is running abnormally high i.e. 90%+, then you're possibly looking at a hardware fault coming along. New HDD time then...
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Before I can check the Task Manager, the access seizes. By the way, this is a brand new system (along with the hard drive).

Is there anyway I can pinpoint what exactly is the cause. For example, if its the AntiVirus software, Index, Defragging, or System Restore. Thanks!

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