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My hard drive is being continuously accessed.

by ENRIQUESTEFANINI / May 1, 2011 4:01 AM PDT

Windows XP, version 5.1.2600 (Service Pack 3).

From the moment I boot in XP the hard disk is being continuously accessed, and never stops until I turn off the machine. I notice it by the noise the drive does and by the red LED continuously blinking.

I have pressed Cntl+Alt+Del and have began to kill all processes I could, but the disk was still accessed. How could I know which is the process or program responsible for this action? Perhaps some program for monitoring disk activity could be of help here. I don't know. Please notice this happens every time I turn on the machine, provided I choose to boot XP (I have some other operating systems on the hard). Could somebody suggest a course of action? Thanks in advance.

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Could be normal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 1, 2011 4:08 AM PDT

From indexing apps to a combination of software titles to low RAM this can be normal. The picture of your PC looks to be missing (details.)

For now try Grif's advice at 7726-6132_102-5098912.html?tag=posts;msg5099421

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Check your hdd cables
by alex-44 / December 11, 2011 2:19 PM PST
In reply to: Could be normal.

Also try to defrag it, it will hopefully make it faster and less busy.

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