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Hard drive running like crazy for no reason

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#1
Can anyone tell me how to determine what I have running that makes my hard drive run like mad

I hit ctrl alt del and clicked the processes tab, theres a ton of crap in there but I can't figure out what the culprit is

Tried shutting the pc down and rebooting, same thing

Thanks in advance for your help
Brian
 

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roy69

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#2
Can be a number of things,
Virus checker.
Spyware checker.
Indexing
Bad Sector.
Failing Harddrive.
Page file being used (which I doubt in your case)

Press the windows key and R
type in cmd
in the console type in tasklist >c:task.txt
click on start
click on your user name at the top of the menu
Open task.txt with wordpad/notepad
Copy and paste the contents into a post so we can see what is going on.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    Memory
    4 x 4GB corsair ballistix sport DDR3 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI
    Sound Card
    creative x-fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    Case
    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
    Cooling
    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
    Mouse
    Technika TKOPTM2
    Keyboard
    Logik
    Internet Speed
    288 / 4000
    Other Info
    Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speakers
    Trust Graphics Tablet
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#3
Here you go,

Brian


Image Name PID Session Name Session# Mem Usage
========================= ======== ================ =========== ============
System Idle Process 0 Services 0 24 K
System 4 Services 0 11,456 K
smss.exe 444 Services 0 1,080 K
csrss.exe 516 Services 0 6,244 K
wininit.exe 572 Services 0 5,196 K
csrss.exe 600 Console 1 10,464 K
services.exe 628 Services 0 8,240 K
lsass.exe 640 Services 0 2,124 K
lsm.exe 648 Services 0 7,232 K
svchost.exe 800 Services 0 8,060 K
svchost.exe 864 Services 0 9,820 K
svchost.exe 908 Services 0 29,556 K
winlogon.exe 956 Console 1 7,364 K
Ati2evxx.exe 992 Services 0 5,388 K
svchost.exe 192 Services 0 16,852 K
svchost.exe 296 Services 0 156,684 K
svchost.exe 316 Services 0 40,100 K
audiodg.exe 496 Services 0 18,020 K
SLsvc.exe 620 Services 0 12,776 K
svchost.exe 308 Services 0 18,780 K
svchost.exe 1100 Services 0 22,412 K
spoolsv.exe 1300 Services 0 13,108 K
svchost.exe 1364 Services 0 23,588 K
Ati2evxx.exe 1704 Console 1 8,800 K
dwm.exe 1804 Console 1 59,996 K
taskeng.exe 1812 Console 1 14,004 K
explorer.exe 1896 Console 1 46,444 K
taskeng.exe 1376 Services 0 7,632 K
RAVCpl64.exe 1092 Console 1 9,844 K
LWEMon.exe 2176 Console 1 9,944 K
AnyDVDtray.exe 2184 Console 1 11,808 K
iTunesHelper.exe 2208 Console 1 11,904 K
MOM.exe 2232 Console 1 7,252 K
avgcc.exe 2240 Console 1 564 K
CCC.exe 2384 Console 1 9,152 K
CLMSServer.exe 2460 Services 0 9,312 K
MemCheck.exe 2476 Services 0 8,732 K
AppleMobileDeviceService. 2556 Services 0 4,532 K
avgamsvr.exe 2576 Services 0 744 K
avgupsvc.exe 2608 Services 0 1,956 K
avgrssvc.exe 2636 Services 0 5,136 K
avgrssvc.exe 2648 Services 0 49,312 K
mDNSResponder.exe 2672 Services 0 4,876 K
eDSService.exe 2756 Services 0 5,108 K
LSSrvc.exe 2828 Services 0 4,664 K
svchost.exe 2856 Services 0 7,124 K
RichVideo.exe 2896 Services 0 5,228 K
RoxWatch10.exe 2992 Services 0 11,596 K
svchost.exe 2148 Services 0 9,352 K
svchost.exe 1744 Services 0 3,092 K
SearchIndexer.exe 1516 Services 0 19,452 K
eRecoveryService.exe 2000 Services 0 21,388 K
WmiPrvSE.exe 2380 Services 0 10,632 K
WUDFHost.exe 2136 Services 0 7,780 K
iPodService.exe 3256 Services 0 6,872 K
mobsync.exe 3332 Console 1 9,996 K
WinMail.exe 3644 Console 1 90,524 K
wmpnscfg.exe 4020 Console 1 6,932 K
wmpnetwk.exe 4076 Services 0 16,432 K
cmd.exe 4836 Console 1 6,948 K
conime.exe 4824 Console 1 4,396 K
tasklist.exe 3816 Console 1 6,320 K
 

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roy69

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#7
There does not seem to be anything using a large amount of resourses.
You have avg running, which does scan when the computer is idle.
How old is your computer, indexing can make the harddrive seem to be running alot.
Have you had any updates lately?
Does the HD activity quieten down after you have done something on the drive?
Try renameing a file to see if the activity slows.
Have you had any errors on the harddrive log file (in error logs).
Have you got s.m.a.r.t turned on?
Have a look at your prefetch directory.
Try removing 4gb of Ram. Your computer will load alot into memory at startup because you have 8gig of ram.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    Memory
    4 x 4GB corsair ballistix sport DDR3 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI
    Sound Card
    creative x-fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    Case
    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
    Cooling
    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
    Mouse
    Technika TKOPTM2
    Keyboard
    Logik
    Internet Speed
    288 / 4000
    Other Info
    Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speakers
    Trust Graphics Tablet

03hdfatboy

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#8
Mine does it too for about 5 min after a reboot, it freaked me out at first too but you'll get use to it. :p
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    RJ's Toyz/HOTROD
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Extreme Q9650 @ 3.8GHz
    Motherboard
    DFI LanParty UT P45-T2RS
    Memory
    G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB w/AC Accelero XTREME cooler
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Audidy2 ZS w/ Fatal1ty I/O panel
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" and 22" Acer LCDs
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200 / 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2TB (2 X 1TB) SATA Seagate Barracudas
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 1200W
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF932
    Cooling
    VIGOR GAMING CLT-M2I 92mm TE CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 @28grams
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 Gamer
    Internet Speed
    very very very slow
    Other Info
    3DMARK06 = 23114

roy69

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#9
Mine does it too for about 5 min after a reboot, it freaked me out at first too but you'll get use to it. :p
Have you looked at your prefetch directoroy?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    Memory
    4 x 4GB corsair ballistix sport DDR3 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI
    Sound Card
    creative x-fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    Case
    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
    Cooling
    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
    Mouse
    Technika TKOPTM2
    Keyboard
    Logik
    Internet Speed
    288 / 4000
    Other Info
    Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speakers
    Trust Graphics Tablet

JoeJoe

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#10
I was reading thru the forums for this very issue. L just added I/O reads and Writes to the Task Manager process list, and it appears that the LSASS process is the culprit for me. Comes and goes. If the machine has been up for a long time, it's like a slow drum beat. Very annoying. CSRSS sometimes plays a back beat with it.

15Krpm 300Gb disks raid 10 makes it noisy.
 

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valuez

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#11
My Vista 64bit also runs like mad right after boot up. Scary noises. Then it cools down and run normal.

Here is the tasklist during the noisy run. Can the experts here help me out?

I am running Gateway GT5436E on 64bit Intel G965 Love Valley motherboard.
I can't find a 64bit BIOS update. Still using MQ96510J.15A.0375.2007 BIOS, which I think is a 32bit BIOS. Could that be the problem? Can I use MQ96510J.86A BIOS?

My boot is extremely long like 5 minutes for the Microsoft load up. Help, please. Thanks!!!

Takslist:

Image Name PID Session Name Session# Mem Usage
========================= ======== ================ =========== ============
System Idle Process 0 Services 0 24 K
System 4 Services 0 2,904 K
smss.exe 532 Services 0 976 K
csrss.exe 628 Services 0 7,200 K
wininit.exe 672 Services 0 5,104 K
csrss.exe 680 Console 1 11,244 K
services.exe 720 Services 0 7,868 K
lsass.exe 732 Services 0 10,628 K
lsm.exe 740 Services 0 5,276 K
winlogon.exe 820 Console 1 7,360 K
svchost.exe 928 Services 0 7,504 K
svchost.exe 988 Services 0 8,560 K
svchost.exe 284 Services 0 34,224 K
svchost.exe 552 Services 0 16,732 K
svchost.exe 608 Services 0 136,544 K
svchost.exe 664 Services 0 105,328 K
stacsv64.exe 936 Services 0 8,512 K
audiodg.exe 1108 Services 0 17,064 K
svchost.exe 1148 Services 0 6,468 K
SLsvc.exe 1172 Services 0 12,276 K
svchost.exe 1248 Services 0 16,728 K
svchost.exe 1488 Services 0 20,380 K
taskeng.exe 1708 Services 0 7,472 K
spoolsv.exe 1752 Services 0 13,452 K
svchost.exe 1800 Services 0 22,064 K
taskeng.exe 1984 Console 1 12,816 K
dwm.exe 2036 Console 1 76,024 K
explorer.exe 1236 Console 1 71,244 K
MSASCui.exe 1480 Console 1 15,392 K
igfxpers.exe 884 Console 1 5,944 K
hkcmd.exe 1288 Console 1 6,136 K
igfxsrvc.exe 456 Console 1 6,504 K
P1370Mon.exe 2244 Console 1 6,116 K
BrccMCtl.exe 2252 Console 1 12,940 K
acrotray.exe 2284 Console 1 5,212 K
mcagent.exe 2296 Console 1 4,968 K
mDNSResponder.exe 2440 Services 0 5,696 K
McSACore.exe 2572 Services 0 5,908 K
rundll32.exe 2652 Console 1 5,220 K
McProxy.exe 2660 Services 0 2,616 K
Mcshield.exe 2732 Services 0 53,960 K
MpfSrv.exe 2856 Services 0 13,528 K
svchost.exe 2892 Services 0 5,988 K
SeaPort.exe 1072 Services 0 10,740 K
svchost.exe 1624 Services 0 9,208 K
vmnat.exe 2404 Services 0 4,588 K
svchost.exe 636 Services 0 2,840 K
SearchIndexer.exe 1848 Services 0 20,156 K
WUDFHost.exe 2448 Services 0 7,340 K
XAudio64.exe 2868 Services 0 3,464 K
vmware-authd.exe 2204 Services 0 9,708 K
vmnetdhcp.exe 3060 Services 0 4,332 K
TrustedInstaller.exe 3388 Services 0 11,548 K
mcmscsvc.exe 3756 Services 0 4,000 K
iexplore.exe 3100 Console 1 26,520 K
iexplore.exe 3852 Console 1 59,208 K
wltuser.exe 3020 Console 1 11,616 K
mcsysmon.exe 2776 Services 0 3,408 K
McNASvc.exe 2760 Services 0 13,468 K
WMIADAP.exe 4464 Services 0 5,796 K
WmiPrvSE.exe 4524 Services 0 7,100 K
conime.exe 4756 Console 1 4,060 K
cmd.exe 2992 Console 1 2,508 K
tasklist.exe 4260 Console 1 5,896 K
WmiPrvSE.exe 4320 Services 0 7,528 K
 

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jonty21

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#12
Hi Brian, this may have nothing to do with your problem but over the past couple of months I've been trying to use Internet Explorer 8.
As soon as I downloaded and installed it 2 original vista sidebar gadgets had pinkish surrounds and the clock would only run for about 9 seconds.
It seemed that the sidebar was working overtime to get loaded as my cpu was running constantly at around 50%, and I was doing nothing at all.

After uninstalling IE 8 my desktop has gone back to idling at around 5% as it should be.
If you have IE 8 installed you could have a similar issue.

I'm only a novice with computer stuff but thought it worth a mention.

All the best jonty21:confused:
 

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