What do I need to do to resolve the issue shwn in the body below?

What do I need to do to resolve the issue shown in the body below? Every day I have been receiving the email shown below.

The server that is sending out this report is Server 2003 for Small Business Server.

However, when I look in the Event Viewer logs, I don't see any event related to what this message might be warning me about.

I'm very concerned that I might need to replace the hard drive mentioned in this alert. However, I need to know if this is really justified or necessary before I order a replacement hard drive (especially since I have a lot of data on this hard drive and would have to perform a "ghost" or similar operation to clone the existing hard drive to the new replacement hard drive. I don't want to have to completely reinstall Server 2003 for Small Business Server because this hard drive goes out or because I wind up replacing the hard drive since I think it might be failing.

Exactly what do I need to do to get further information on exactly what might be going on and what needs to be done to fix it?

Are there any kind of performance tests that I can run that will tell me exactly what to do?

Or are there utilities that I can download or purchase that will give me more information or that will tell me if the hard drive mentioned in the alert needs to be replaced?
Please let me know if any further information is needed.

Also, this alert is only sent out once a day, usually around 6:30 AM (before anyone gets into the office and when usually no one is connected to the server remotely using the VPN).
From: Company Associates [mailto:Administrator@company-associates.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:30 AM
To: Support
Subject: Disk Activity Alert on SERVER01

Alert on SERVER01 at 3/31/2011 6:29:47 AM

The following disk has low idle time, which may cause slow response time when reading or writing files to the disk.

Disk: 1 S: D:

Review the Disk Transfers/sec and % Idle Time counters for the PhysicalDisk performance object. If the Disk Transfers/sec counter is consistently below 150 while the % Idle Time counter remains very low (close to 0), there may be a problem with the disk driver or hardware.

If the review shows that the disk is functioning properly, use Task Manager to determine which processes are causing the majority of the disk activity. You can attempt to correct the problem by stopping and then restarting those processes.

You can disable this alert or change its threshold by using the Change Alert Notifications task in the Server Management Monitoring and Reporting taskpad.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
The alert is telling you that the drive subsystem is busy.  That is all.  You can review the performance of the drive, and a whole lot more, with Performance Monitor, sometimes called Perf Mon.  Telling you how to use Perf Mon is beyond the scope of this forum, but you should be able to find lots of instructions with a web search.

The alert itself tells you what to review, and if you are satisfied with the results you can change the threshhold for triggering the alert.

HOWEVER:  you mention "this hard drive".  If there is only one drive in that system that holds your data, RUN, don't walk to the vendor of your choice and get a RAID controller and mirror that drive to an identical one.  One drive is a disaster waiting to happen.  

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could be some server process that is occuring at that time... Antivirus or backup, or exchange defrag, or SQL maintenance... or a combination of a few....

It could also be due to not enough RAM, the server is doing a lot of paging (ie virtual memory)

and finally bad disks......

what kind of machine is it? and is it in a raid configuation?

Kini pradeepDevelopment ManagerCommented:
what hardware are you using what make & Model. If its a Dell server, you could download & run DSET. we had a similar problem with a DL 380 and over a period of time. we ended up changing the controller.

check with the vendor as well
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