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Disk access light always on

Hi Folks,

On a friend's computer (WinXP Pro SP2) a problem started few days ago - endless disk activity. Yesterday he did a new and clean install, but that didn't solve the problem. It's a fairly new PC - Core2 + 2GB RAM. Except for this everything seems to be working, no error messages or anything else. Any idea?


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Just one suggestion

In reply to: Disk access light always on

Is the Indexing Service running? If so, it may be busy indexing the files on the hard drive, a process which, I understand, can take many week or months to complete.

Whilst the Indexing Service can be useful for fast searches of files on the hard drive when it is completed, I never used it and disabled the service.


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Indexing Service is not started

In reply to: Just one suggestion

Hi Mark,

Thank you for answering.

We checked and Indexing Service is not started.

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more information

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What did you do before this case came out? If it is after you run any program, you need to uninstall this program. If it pops up suddenly and continually, you may re-partition this hard drive and install a new OS.

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It could be many things.

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1. It is supposed to do that. For instance some drivers keep the drive "selected" for speed.
2. You installed the Intel Application Accelerator.
3. You didn't install drivers for the mainboard.
4. A hardware failure.

But keep in mind you are trying to fix a cosmetic issue. Don't waste your time on this.

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PS. "the test."

In reply to: It could be many things.

I would be remiss if I didn't share how I test this. I boot my Linux CD and see the light stays on. If it does I know it's a hardware issue. Usually I find the mainboard is dead for this LED or they plugged it into the wrong connection.

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Problem solved - sort of

In reply to: It could be many things.

Hello again,

Thank you all for your comments.

We just reformatted and installed Windows again - everything OK. Then we installed drivers from the MB manufacturer (Foxconn) CD - Intel chipset and Realtek audio and LAN. So far so good, disk only working occasionally. We Skipped the JRAID driver, which is now the main suspect. The strange thing is that they were installed for a few months and the problem started only about a week ago.

So now I wonder: What could have happened that those drivers started giving troubles? And, what undesirable side effects my appear if we never install them?


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