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Unusual hard drive activity

By sbarone ·
After normal boot up and load of regular programs, the hard drive activity light remains continuously lit, drastically slowing the PC's performance. Is there any way to determine what program is causing the hard drive access? Thanks. sam

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by B_Pope In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

Try downloading a little program called Process Explorer from the site below.
Just click on the utilities button on the left listing your OS.
It's a very small program & will list all the running processes on your PC.

http://www.sysinternals.com/index.shtml

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by B_Pope In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

I'd suggest cleaning out your temp files, temporary internet files & your cookies also.

Get Ad-aware & run it to, just do a Google search, are your virus definitions up to date double check & do a system scan while your at it, just to be safe.

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by sbarone In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

thanks, helped me resolve issue

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by MMerritt In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

Look in the startup folder for "fastfind or findfast". If you are useing MS Office, this application is placed in the startup folder as part of the default installation. If you find this shortcut in your startup folder just delete it. You don't needit or want it! It will slow even the best of PCs down to a crawl! There also may be other shortcuts in your startup folder you may or may not need for your system to work correctly. Hope this helps, if not, on to step two.

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by zlitocook In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

First if you have a virus scanner update it and run it. Some virus do what you said. What O/S are you using? Try running clean disk and clearing the documents history. If you are using 95/98 or ME I have a great trouble shooting flow chart. It is too big to give to you here email me and I will send it to you. zlito@aol.com
Remove any unneeded short cuts from the start menu and see what TSRS you have running. You need your virus scanner, explorer, systray. There is alot of other stuff. But not enough space to type it in.

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by RCOM In reply to Unusual hard drive activi ...

All good answers. Another thing to look at is the amount of drive space you have. For win98 you should at least have around 300MB.

A bloated swap file can be the source of this type of problem. Boot up into safe mode find the file win386.swp anddelete it. After you restart your computer a new one will be created. The file is usually located in the Windows folder or at the root of the C drive.

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