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Blinking HD Light

By jdkodysz ·
Hi,
I have a Toshiba laptop model# L25-S119 that I recently purchased used. It works great, but the hard disk light blinks constantly. It blinks in a specific pattern - almost like morse code - blink - blink - blink - blink - blinkblink. I've done everything I know how to do - Check for spyware, check for viruses, scanned for broken shortcuts and checked the registry. Short of re-loading XP (and I'm not even sure that will fix it!)I don't know where to turn next. Except here of course! Any help would be most appreciated.
Thanks,
Jim

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hard drive activity - drive model number?

by sgt_shultz In reply to Blinking HD Light

does it do this in safe mode?
since it is so regular it does sound like a error code. i don't know if mfg's standardize on those, we may need the model number and mfg to look it up on their website.
see what Device Manager will tell you about the hard drive model. if it is not enough model information there you may have to open it up to see who made the drive and their part number. so is the laptop working ok? did you try looking this up on the toshiba website?

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Look at Task Manager

by mjd420nova In reply to hard drive activity - dri ...

There might just be a program running in the background. Look at the CPU usage and see if it has any effect on usage. Safe mode will tell you alot.

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Eureka! (MAYBE)

by jdkodysz In reply to hard drive activity - dri ...

Hi all,
First thank you for your replies. Heres the latest - The hard drive is Toshiba brand model #MK6026GAX. The light continued to flash in Safe Mode and I got pretty frustrated so I made up my mind that I was going to figure this out even if I had to reload XP. Well I went into MSCONFIG to the services tab and started shutting off services. I found one that was some kind of Toshiba update service so I turned it off. After reboot the light doesn't blink any more. It still blinks occasionally, but that is pretty much normal. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I don't remember the exact file, but if your interested, let me know and I will look it up again.
Thanks alot!
Jim

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