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By nschloss ·
I have a workstation that very frequently has disk activity occuring even when essentially idle with only Outlook and IE open. Task manager doesn't shed any light on the matter. Is there a utility or tool that I can use to monitor exactly what the drive is doing and which process/app is behind it?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Disk Activity Monitor

i bet it is the auto archive function that is turned on by default in Outlook. you have to go outlook i dunno tools settings i bet to unchecka the box

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by nschloss In reply to

Archiving is set to every 14 days, plus I tried with Outlook closed and still had the same issue. Thanks for the idea though.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Disk Activity Monitor

i bet it is the auto archive function that is turned on by default in Outlook. you have to go outlook i dunno tools settings i bet to unchecka the box

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by nschloss In reply to

Duplicate ...

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by dustyD In reply to Disk Activity Monitor

Task Manager Ctrl+Alt+Del has the ability under processes. Look for I/O Writes. If not listed, click on view, Select Columns. Pick the additional tasks you want listed.

Then, click on the column header to sort by I/O Writes to see what process is using the disk.

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by nschloss In reply to

Useful knowledge to work towards my solution.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Disk Activity Monitor

Hi

Disk activity occurs nearly all the time your computer is switched on. This is quite normal. Even when no applications are running you will see disk activity. The OS often performs background tasks such as automatic defragging, the Indexing service may be running etc.

You will see lots of disk activity especially if you do not have much memory installed, as the page file (or swap file as it is also known), will be constantly accessed.

Hope this helps

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by nschloss In reply to

I appreciate what you've described is normal, but this activity is fairly heavy - it stops you from doing anything until it finishes whatever it is! I'm to the point now where I am disabling optional services (installed or system) to see if it stops or is reduced.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Disk Activity Monitor

Hi again

In that case, if you are certain that a legitimate program is not causing this, and you are getting temporary freezes, I would do a full virus and spyware scan.

I would also try defragmenting the drive(s), clearing out the temp folder and any other 'spring cleaning' you can think of.

How long do you have to wait before control of the machine is returned to you?

Can you also post the system specs - OS, memory, Processor etc

Good luck

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by nschloss In reply to

Found the legitimate program causing me the grief.

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