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hard drive constantly sounds like it's writing

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When my computer is sitting idle and unused, the hard drive sounds like it's accessing things, ticking away. and it's almost constant. Even with no excess processes running and CPU usage at 0% on the monitor tool. I have a degree in computer science. I've asked coworkers, my former instructors, etc and no one has a clue. I'm hoping someone here can help. It's not really a serious thing, just annoying because its fairly loud. I've included screenshots of my cpu monitor and task manager. thanks

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:welcome: masterojack

As a precautionary measure back up any important data on the HDD if you have not done so already, any unusual HDD noise or behavior is best treated as a sign of possible mechanical failure.

Check out the sounds of HDDs with issues and see if any are the same or similar http://datacent.com/...rive_sounds.php

Run the HDDs diagnostics tool;
Make sure you select the tool that is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Depending on the program it'll create a bootable floppy or a bootable CD.
If the downloaded file is the .iso type use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn the .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option) and make the CD bootable.
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