• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

hard drive continues to run for exteneded time

#1
I have an HP 6030 computer that for the last two months seems to run the
hard drive even though there is nothing that is supposed to use the drive.
This is the first computer that has done this and I have owned many home
computers since 1984. When I check performance from the Task Manager, There
are a series of spicks up to 4% every minute of so. The hard drive light is
going constantly during this time.
Sometimes the light goes out and stays out even though I have not done
anything on the computer.
It comes with the standard software that HP installs plus a program to keep
track of my DVDs that I run only once a day.
Is there some program that HP installs that should cause this lengthy
running time.
Just now, after 40 minutes it finally turned off - and I have my Windows
Mail program open and nothing else.
That is the way it works all the time now. Is there something that needs to
be reset?
Thanks.
 

My Computer

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Messages
32,205
Location
Oklahoma, USA
#2
I have an HP 6030 computer that for the last two months seems to run the
hard drive even though there is nothing that is supposed to use the drive.
This is the first computer that has done this and I have owned many home
computers since 1984. When I check performance from the Task Manager, There
are a series of spicks up to 4% every minute of so. The hard drive light is
going constantly during this time.
Sometimes the light goes out and stays out even though I have not done
anything on the computer.
It comes with the standard software that HP installs plus a program to keep
track of my DVDs that I run only once a day.
Is there some program that HP installs that should cause this lengthy
running time.
Just now, after 40 minutes it finally turned off - and I have my Windows
Mail program open and nothing else.
That is the way it works all the time now. Is there something that needs to
be reset?
Thanks.
Hi PAB,

It could be the Index running in the background updating itself. You can test to see by temporarily disabling it.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69564-index-enable-disable.html

Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Show second system?
    Yes
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
S

Steve Thackery

#3
There are lots of things in Vista that exercise the hard disk even when you
are not using your computer.

1/ Indexing is one, as brink pointed out.

2/ Every so often Vista shuffles some files around to speed up the startup
time.

3/ Once a week Vista kicks off a defrag of the hard disk, which runs in the
background, backing off when you are using your computer (and thus running
mostly when you are not).

4/ Every so often Vista preloads files into memory in anticipation that you
will want to use them (based on your usage patterns to date) - which speeds
up the response times.

This is all good stuff and the sort of thing any good OS should be doing. I
recommend you ignore it - it doesn't mean anything is wrong.

SteveT
 

My Computer

Glymps

New Member
Messages
1
#4
I have had the same problem with my HD running for long periods of time. I too have read over and over on several threads about indexing and windows search.

One big, probably the biggest, contributor to my HD running was the Desktop Windows Manager (dwm.exe). From what I read the DWM continuously creates thumbnails of the pop ups on the task bar. Once I disabled this option the HD activity stopped.

I went further to review my services and my msconfig to review which services were running automatically and started at start up.


This path worked for me and for now the HD is quiet as a mouse.

Oh, I will point out that with the indexing off I have seen some delays in the search, which is to be expected. For the most part I know where things are on my PC.

I hope this helps.
 

My Computer

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 1, Guests: 0)