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Hard Drive Continuously Pulsing


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I have an emachines T2958 and the hard drive is continuously pulsing. Every second it is sending and recieving data. I am watching this pulsing on the HD light and on the Zone Alarm traffic indicator.

I am on a home network and connected to the internet via a hardwired router to a cable modem.

Is there any software that will show me what is active or what is causing this to happen. My HD is getting a workout.

Thanks.
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Download Process Explorer from Sysinternals
http://www.sysintern...ssexplorer.html

Extract, run.Go to VIEW > SHOW Fractional CPU usage
Make sure it is checked.

Look in the CPU column and relate what is consuming your CPU time
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OK, thanks for the info on the monitor. I installed it and shut down all the items that exhibited useage including my Zone Alarm Pro firewall.

There is still a 1.54% in services and controll app. The HD light still flashes onne per second.
I have a clock next to the computer that clicks and it stays in time with the HD light.

Is my HD actually accessing something and wearing itself out?

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i cannot say...you have not provided enough information and I do not know what is running,,,you could check the index service, which is notorious for running in the background
If you are not suffering performance issues, I am not sure you should be worried.

Your drive is ALWAYS Spinning...accessing is not making things worse

start > run
services.msc
<enter>

scroll down to indexing, double click, hit STOP

Still flashing?
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The indexing service was off. I turned it on, no change, then back off and no change.

Could something be polling the router or switch on my network?

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sure, but harddrive activity does not mean network activity

unplug the pc from the network and see

Run hijackthis (see link in my signature), then save a log and AS A TEXT FILE (FILE > SAVE AS) then ATTACH IT (do not post) to your next post.

We do not like to post hijackthis logs in sections other than the malware forum as we do not want to encourage people to post malware issues in this forum.

I am not looking for malware. I am looking for what programs or combinations of programs that might cause this behavior. If I notice any malware, I will redirect you to the malware forum.

If you post a hijackthis log in this forum, several trusted techs will come to your house and eat all of your Ritz crackers, Cheeze Doodal and any sweet pickles you have in your fridge. We will also put our feet up on all of your coffee tables. This is no joke. We'll do it. It's not pretty.
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OK, ran the software. The resultant file is attached.

I changed the file extension from .log so it would load.

Thanks,

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Not sure what you want, but you have a ton of things that could be accessing the drive, from your firewall to your antivirus packages, your antispyware packages....you have a lot going on there--all of these will be hitting your router for updates.

Nothing dangerous, though.

If it really bugs you

Step 1

Start > Run, type
msconfig
<enter>

On the general tab, select SELECTIVE START UP then uncheck
load system.ini
load win.ini
load startup services
load startup items

Reboot.
Does the drive activity repeat? If not, continue with the next part. If so, go to STEP 2.

If not, Start > Run, type
msconfig
<enter>

check load startup items
Reboot.
Does the drive activity repeat? If not, continue with the next part. If so, go to STEP 2.


If not, Start > Run, type
msconfig
<enter>

check load startup services
Reboot.
Does the drive activity repeat? If not, continue with the next part. If so, go to STEP 2.


If not, Start > Run, type
msconfig
<enter>

check load win.ini
Reboot.
Does the drive activity repeat? If not, continue with the next part. If so, go to STEP 2.


If not, Start > Run, type
msconfig
<enter>

check load system.ini
Reboot.
Does the drive activity repeat? If not, continue with the next part. If so, go to STEP 2.

Report back

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STEP 2

When you find the error, repeating, you have arrived at the group that is causing the problem.

Leave everything as is and go to the tab with the same name as the one you just re-enabled and uncheck everything you find within the tab....reboot.

Does the probelm recur? If not, check one item and reboot, continuing until you discover the offending application/service

Then report back
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