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Drive LED active when writing hidden files?

by Gatman / April 21, 2004 1:51 AM PDT

I wanted to get some feedback on something someone told me the other day. This person claimed that during a software install, the LED that shows hard drive activity won't light up when the system is writing a hidden file.

Now this sounds like a bunch of baloney to me, but I thought I'd check and see if anyone more knowledgeable might be able to shed some light on this. It seems to me the light is going to go on whenever there is any read/write activity, regardless of whether the file is hidden or not. Exactly how would the hardware know what the attributes of the file are?

Thanks for any input.

Gary

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Re:Drive LED active when writing hidden files?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2004 11:58 AM PDT

In short, the usual hardware LED drive activity indicator is not controlled by Windows drivers or software.

I'll write that something is amiss with this story.

Bob

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Re:Re:Drive LED active when writing hidden files?
by Gatman / April 27, 2004 5:13 AM PDT

Thanks Bob,

I figured as much. I had a software install that took an excruciatingly long time, and there wasn't much drive activity during the install. This guy is trying to tell me the hard drive light wasn't active because the program was updating the registry and writing hidden system files (which he contends don't cause the drive light to flash).

I couldn't for the life of me figure how this guy thought an LED on a drive would differentiate anything other than active or non-active. His posts sound quite authoritative, but I've found them to be filled with disinformation. This appears to be just another example.

Thanks,

Gary

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Much like this line...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2004 6:34 AM PDT

"Look not at the facts, but for the meaning behind the facts. Keep in mind the facts have no meaning."

Bob

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