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How to solve unwanted HDrive activity?

By archie ·
I'm using Windows XP Home ed. on a HP 8595C computer; HP doesn't support use of this operating system on this computer.

Frequently, my hard drive (20 GB) light is on and the rattling noise that my computer makes when the hard drive is being accessed occurs when nothing I am doing should cause such an operation. The duration of these events is sometimes 3 (three) minutes during which time the computer doesn't respond to any keyboard actions. As an example, when I am writing a letter, and the HD rattling starts, the characters I am typing aren't visable to me. When the HD stops its action, then the characters (words) appear on the screen.

The computer is equiped with a PIII at 750 MHz, and has 384 MB RAM. It's almost like the operating system is attempting to relocate everything from one end of the partition to the other end, and then when it's finished, it instructs itself to move everything back. In three minutes, it can accomplish a great deal of activity.

I haven'tmentioned, but sometimes when I'm not using the computer but have left it on while I take a short break for ten minutes or so, and when I come back the hard drive is active and continues to be until I start some activity of my own.

My questing is probably obvious, What is happening? And, more importantly, how do I prevent it from occurring?

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by Ann777 In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

This can be caused by programs running in memory ... TSR's, anti-virus checkers, etc.
It might also be MS "reorganizing" databases.

Go to Start --> Run --> type msconfig --> and turn off anything running on the Services tab that you do not agree with.

Be back in a minute or so (saving respose so that my answer does not time-out)...

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by Ann777 In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

sorry, never got back to this yesterday.

Use Windows Explorer and delete ~*.* files, *.tmp and all files within Temporary Internet Files (or Cache if using Netscape). Do a scandisk/chkdsk and make sure everything links up properly. Do a thourough Defragmentation.

As to the above Services tab suggestion, you may wish to uncheck/stop everything except those marked with an "Essential = Yes". Just to verify whether you have too many services running.

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by archie In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

There are too many services in running that I don't have any idea what purpose they serve or whether I should have them running for good performance. I deleted a few that I guessed I wouldn't need and when I rebooted the computer, I got an immediate message that informed me that I had deleted some services and the option to restore them to active service was suggested.

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by TheChas In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

How much free space is on the drive?
If less than 2GB, you realy don't have enough space for the paging (swap) file to work with.

Start with a hard drive clean-up.
You can safely delete anything in the windows\temp folder that is more than 1 week old.
You can also clear out your temporary internet files.

In XP some of these files are saved for each user.

Then evaluate your installed software, and remove every program that you do not use.

Then go to Administative tools / Computer management / drive manager and use the defragment tool.

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by archie In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

I have defragmented the drive and it didn't eliminate the problem. Perhaps starting with a clean hard drive would be helpful, but since it would require hours of work for restoration, I reject it as a solution, for now.

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by bohicam1 In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

Do you have "findfast" or "fastfind" enabled on your computer? This is usually a culprit. You can turn it off, simply remove it from the start menu.
Good luck!

Mike

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by archie In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

There is no findfast or fastfind on the computer.

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by phil.hall In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

Have you turned off indexing? It is in the Properties tab when you right-click on the icon of the hard drive in Explorer. When you are not doing anything, it is quite possible that XP is trying to create an index, which would have similar behavior to what you are experiencing.

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by archie In reply to How to solve unwanted HDr ...

The properties tab provided me with the following tabs: General, QuickFinder, Sharing, Tools, Hardware, and Norton. None of the options within these tabs offered a selection of indexing, so it is neither turned on or off to my knowledge.

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