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2nd hard drive

by vett93 / April 22, 2014 1:13 AM PDT

My Vista 32-bit computer has two hard drives. I replaced the main drive with a Samsung SSD. However, I can still hear some noises from the 2nd hard drive.

Once every 5 seconds or so, I would hear that the 2nd hard drive is doing something. Is this normal? How do I find out what it is doing?


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I'm going with yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2014 1:18 AM PDT
In reply to: 2nd hard drive

Windows is not a quiet OS. It will on a schedule check a folder, write a log entry or do something. So the heads in the other drive might "seek" and make a little noise. Some owners are troubled by noises and over the years I never found a good way to placate them all. SSD helps but then the owner was disturbed by fans.

At least that iPad is nearly silent but then again I had this one client that could hear something. They showed me where it was by putting the pad to their ear. Not exactly how I would use an iPad.

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Is there a way to find out what Windows OS is doing?
by vett93 / April 23, 2014 3:39 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with yes.

I have turned the indexing function off. Is there a way to find out what Windows is doing to this 2nd HD? I don't access the files in the 2nd HD either. They are for archiving older files.

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As I said yesterday
by wpgwpg / April 23, 2014 3:46 AM PDT

Click on My Computer & look to see what's on that 2nd drive. Be sure you have the options set to show hidden/system files. You can sort the files shown by date to see which ones have been most recently updated.

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Nothing was created
by vett93 / April 23, 2014 3:35 PM PDT
In reply to: As I said yesterday

It seems that the system is reading from the 2nd HD only. The dates on the files, including hidden files, are older.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2014 3:54 AM PDT

There would require a lot of sleuthing with other tools. We know that Windows is known to scan for drives, update a log and well, it's one OS that has folk spending a lot of time looking for why. But here's the bottom line, the source is not here for us to peruse so I'll end with a note about Mark R.

Notice the tools used? Now it's your turn.

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My guess is your paging file is on the 2nd drive
by wpgwpg / April 22, 2014 1:18 AM PDT
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Click on My Computer & look to see what's on that 2nd drive. Be sure you have the options set to show hidden/system files. You can sort the files shown by date to see which ones have been most recently updated.

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not quite
by vett93 / April 22, 2014 4:12 AM PDT

I thought of that too. But I went to "System Properties", "Advanced", "Performance Options", and then "Virtual Memory". It says the Paging file is in drive C:. No Paging files are in other drives.

I set Indexing off already.

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unplug the data cable on drive 2
by James Denison / April 26, 2014 8:51 AM PDT
In reply to: not quite

see if any error msgs come up after rebooting and using it as normal for awhile. If so, then you know what's accessing it. If nothing, then maybe it's something with the hard drive controller. With the data cable unplugged but the power cable still attached, does it do the same thing? If so, then it's a drive idiosyncrasy, might mean something, might mean nothing.

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I replaced the 2nd HD and problem went away
by vett93 / May 1, 2014 3:55 PM PDT

Thanks all for the comments. I started to suspect the HD issue as well. So I put another HD in place of the 2nd HD. I have not heard the regular disk reading sound anymore.

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did you transfer data from it to the new drive?
by James Denison / May 6, 2014 11:30 AM PDT

That removed drive might have been close to failing if it kept seeking, it could have been due to worn track zero on it.

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by vett93 / May 6, 2014 2:06 PM PDT

Just in time....

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