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The perfect HD Usage monitor

Posted on 2007-08-10
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I consider myself an IT expert but I never found the solution to this...
My PC has 4GB of RAM but often it's slow because the HD goes into near-to-100% activity.
I would to know what program/process is causing this near-to-100% HD activity but I often don't found the solution.

I enabled all the columns related to I/O of the Task Manager but this often didn't help to find the guilty process.
Then in Windows Vista I tried to see under Resource Monitor - Disk but this often didn't help too.
I found that both the tools are not always able to well represent the Process - HD usage association in the same clear way the Task Manager shows the Process - CPU % usage.

Do you know a program that represents the Process - HD usage association in the same clear way the Task Manager shows the Process - CPU % usage?
Question by:lucavilla
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souseran earned 672 total points
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Try Filemion/process explorer - part of the sysinternals free rools - lots of other goodies here too http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/default.mspx
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nobus earned 664 total points
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is this what you are looking for ?

To enhance this process further, Windows XP will moves the files around on your disk during lulls in computing activity. For example, it will reposition all files used in starting up your favorite browser and place them in contiguous blocks on the disk. This way, in just a few disk seeks, the entire application can be loaded. And to reduce head seeks even more, it places these blocks as much as possible on the outermost sectors of the disk, so that the heads have to travel as little as possible.

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johnb6767 earned 664 total points
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Why not use the Built in Performance Monitor, and add the appropriate counters for LogicalDisk, Process and Paging File?

I think thats the only way to get more detailed than Process Explorer...

Inside Process Explorer, you can double click a Module, and see the loaded threads, and thier Resource usage by %. Also, each one has a monitor tab, that you can see exactly what it is using by Service or Process....

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