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Regular hard drive spin up

Posted on 2009-02-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
My computer has developed a bug.  I have scanned with numerous AV and Spyware programs and the machine comes back clean.

Here is what is happening:  about every 30 seconds, the hard drive or something accessing the hard drive spins up for about 2 seconds. I have checked under ctrl alt del and under tasks nothing registers.

Any thoughts on this anomoly?

Question by:Stardotstar
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Expert Comment

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Hi Stardotstar,

Are you noticing any sluggish performance when you hear it spin up? Are you running any real-time defraging or indexing utilities like Diskeeper or Google Desktop? Did this start happening right after you installed any new hardware or software?

If this is a consistent problem that you can easily duplicate, try booting up in Safe Mode to see if you still hear the drive repeatedly spinning up. That would help determine if it is a hardware or software issue.


Author Comment

ID: 23708473
My Internet pages seem to load a little slower, but I have been having this random spin up for a while.  No new software or hardware.

No diskeeper or Google.  Will try the safe mode tomorrow and advise.  No change in machine performane. It is regular so I dont have to worry about trying to duplicate.

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check also for anti-virus programs accessing it for a scan.
you can also troubleshoot by disabling startup items - run msconfig from the run box - select startup tab - click disable all; reboot and test
what disk and system are we talking about ?
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Accepted Solution

rionroc earned 2000 total points
ID: 23709322

If you have not been infected by [changehidefiletofolder virus], your system is probably screwing the ram.

Try to:
Turn off System Restore in my computer properties.
Delete \Windows\Prefetch Folder.
Perform a desk clean up, in run window type: cleanmgr /d /sagerun c:
Set Pagefile.sys to 0 in my computer properties, advance settings, advance.

Restart computer.

Open many application as you want.

Restart computer.

Turn on system restore again (if you want to)
Turn on pagefile.sys to system manage size.

Restart computer.


Great is our GOD.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31549949
Well this worked, thanks!

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