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hard drive spinning constantly

Greetings,

i have a windows 7 machine with the hard drive spinning and going crazy. no sound, but the led keeps blining 24/7. its a dell latitude d430 with 2gb ram, windows 7 ( no sp).not many items in the startup. have tried disabling the autodefrag, changing power option to turn off the hdd never.

Even fi there is no application open, the hard drive led could be still blinking and going cuckoos i should say.

any thoughts on how to proceed is higly appreciated.
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bright12Commented:
Do you have an antivirus program running on that system? It could be that the antivirus program is scanning the hard drive.

You may also take a look in the Task Manager to see the memory usage, if this is more than 2 Gb windows will use the hard disk for the swap file.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It also could be the indexing service running when you are not accessing the hard drive. if this is a new installation it will take a while for it to slow down..
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junaidITAuthor Commented:
i have symantec endpoint protection with active protection enabled realtime. scaning only happens over the weekend on a friday. memory usage, i need to chk that one out. what else could be the culprit.

never seen the memory usage go above the 2gb .it always sticks around 75-88% of the available physical memoery, which i assume is the ram.

thx for your help,

regards
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bright12Commented:
Another thing that you could do is checking the hard drive for any error.
Using the computer management -> device manager, you can see the manufacturer of the hard drive. Go to the website of the manufacturer and download a program that will check the hard drive for any errors.

If the program do find any errors then this could be cause of the activity of the hard drive. If there are a lot of errors, you need to replace the hard drive.
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SteveIT ManagerCommented:
does it still happen in safe mode ?
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rindiCommented:
The first huge mistake is "No SP". Install SP1 and then all windowsupdates. Another thing that can help, add more RAM if possible. Make sure you have enough free space on your HD. defrag it. Use msconfig to disable applications you don't require to run constantly. Scan the system for malware using malwarebytes. Also I suggest you replace your symantec AV bloatware/crapware with a real AV utility, like Panda Cloud Antivirus, which has a free version provided you are using the PC privately.
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaCommented:
I had a laptop like this one, it was old - so yeah the drive went. Do a 'chkdsk' on it and fix any errors.
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EvilKnievelCommented:
You can check which process is causing it.
Open taskmanager, choose the performance tab and then click the resource monitor button below. In the Disk section of the resource monitor you can see what are the processes causing high disk activity. Maybe then you can fix the problem.
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McKnifeCommented:
Same as EvilKnievel said. You can not only see what process, but even what files are touched, so this will normally be a big help in localizing the culprit.
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SteveIT ManagerCommented:
Or check to see if it still has a problem in safe mode which will help identify if it is hardware related or not
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nobusCommented:
does it do the same when booted from a live cd?  if yes, you have hardware problems, like a dying disk
so it can be good to run a diag on the drive, to know the status - i recommend to download UBCD, and run the disk diag - under HDD section
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/                              ultimate boot cd
http://ubcd.mirror.fusa.be/ubcd511.iso                        direct link UBCD

here a live Knoppix cd : ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.7.0CD-2011-08-01-EN.iso
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junaidITAuthor Commented:
thank you for the suggestion. the problem turned out to be symantec. looking udner process and resource monitor button, that helped. it was indeed the av. tweaked it and now users are happy chappy. no more sluggishness or freezing of machines and i can type freely.

thanks again.
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