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Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id

  1. #1


    Sid Guest

    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@xxxxxx
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  2. #2


    Dustin Harper Guest

    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.

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    dharper@xxxxxx
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    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@xxxxxx

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  3. #3


    Sid Saxon Guest

    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@xxxxxx
    > 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@xxxxxx
    >

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  4. #4


    John Tuttle Guest

    Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

    On Nov 13, 3:00 am, Sid Saxon <SidSa...@xxxxxx>
    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...@xxxxxx
    > >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...@xxxxxx- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -
    You might also try stopping the Superfetch service. Set it to manual
    start instead of automatic.

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  5. #5


    Justin Guest

    Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive durin

    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@xxxxxx
    > > 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@xxxxxx
    > >

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  6. #6


    4evrnyt Guest

    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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  7. #7


    Wandering Guest

    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.


    "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@xxxxxx> 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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  8. #8


    Wandering Guest

    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.


    "4evrnyt" <4evrnyt.399dbe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:4evrnyt.399dbe@xxxxxx

    >
    > 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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  9. #9


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    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@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:4evrnyt.399dbe@xxxxxx

    >
    > 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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  10. #10


    4evrnyt Guest

    Re: Hard drive light constantly flashing ,reading hard drive during id


    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@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:4evrnyt.399dbe@xxxxxx

    > >
    > > 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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