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how to stop windows from randomly reading and writing to external disk

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i have an external harddrive i use primarily for archiving my music and videos. i use a utility called robocopy because it is faster never fragments unless the drive is nearly full, and doesent die when one minor thing goes wrong. recently i have noticed a performance decrease on the external drive that i am atributing to the drive randomly seeking durring a linnear r/w. appearantly windows or some program is doing somthing to the drive that requires frequent access to some most likley usless information on the drive. how can i figure out what is accessing the drive in realtime so i know what to kill or disable before a coppying a large file. yes i turned off my network card, deactivated my realtime virus scanner, and stopped all active torrents as well as all programs that run off the drive. so right now i am at a loss to explain the activity on the drive. also i have noticed a hidden folder called system volume information. since there is no operating system or boot info on the drive i dont know what this is doing here. and a .DS_Store file but since i share the drive with a ibook and the file is generally harmless i have left it.

NOTE sorrey about the garbled thread name but it got cropped on me

Edited by mikeloeven, 19 January 2010 - 07:51 PM.

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