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Hard drive whirs

Operating System System Model
Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 2 (build 6002)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC 1
System Serial Number: CND9311HFJ
Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.20 gigahertz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: Compal 30FC 01.99
Serial Number: CND9311HFJ
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.49 08/17/2009
Drives Memory Modules c,d
500.11 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
358.55 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT20L ATA Device [Optical drive]

WDC WD5000BEVT-60ZAT1 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WXE0A6904692, rev 02.01A02, SMART Status: Healthy 3838 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'SODIMM 0' has 2048 MB (serial number AD000000000000000109264750D311)
Slot 'SODIMM 1' has 2048 MB (serial number AD000000000000000109264730D4BD)
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 485.02 GB 356.29 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 0) 15.09 GB 2.26 GB free

Network Drives
None discovered
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
_ocster_backup_ 10/1/2010 12:55:54 PM (admin)
Anna Ruth 10/1/2010 12:54:27 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator 1/1/2001 9:21:56 PM (admin)
Guest 9/28/2010 10:52:47 PM

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account KODAK ESP 5200 Series AiO on USB001
Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:

Controllers Display
IDE Channel [Controller] (8x)
Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics [Display adapter]
Generic PnP Monitor (17.2"vis)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (2x)
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (4x) High Definition Audio Device
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
Virus Protection [Back to Top] new Group Policies
Norton AntiVirus Version
Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2.1.6519.0
Scan Engine Version 1.1.6201.0
Virus Definitions Version 1.91.931.0
Realtime File Scanning Off
None discovered
Communications Other Devices
Agere Systems HDA Modem

6TO4 Adapter
Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Realtek RTL8102E/8103E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
primary Auto IP Address: / 24
Dhcp Server:
Physical Address: 00:23:5A:B8:BF:6A
Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Networking Dns Server:
Microsoft AC Adapter
Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
ENE CIR Receiver
HID-compliant consumer control device (2x)
HID-compliant device (4x)
Microsoft eHome Infrared Transceiver
USB Human Interface Device (3x)
HP Webcam
HID Keyboard Device
Microsoft eHome MCIR 109 Keyboard
Microsoft eHome MCIR Keyboard
Microsoft eHome Remote Control Keyboard keys
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard with HP QLB
HID-compliant mouse (2x)
Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad [Mouse]
Universal Image Mounter Controller
Universal Image Mounter Plugin
USB Composite Device (2x)
USB Root Hub (6x)
Generic volume shadow copy

Frequently I can hear my hard drive running ? not when it is idle but when I go from web site to web site. Started aout a week ago and has not done that before. For example, when I run Spybot Search and Destroy, the hard drive starts whirring and does so until the search is complete. When I am in my Microsoft Word 97 working it does not do it, but only when I am going from site to site on the Web or like in spybot or the like Any ideas? Thanks much.

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Nothing wrong with the hard drive being used ...

(a) for Temporary Internet Files
(b) when scanning files on the drive

The amazing thing is more that it frequently seems to stop turning. Might be an energy saving option?


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Hard drive whirs

How would I find out if energy saving option?

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(NT) In Control Panel.

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