Dell Latitude E6400 100% Disk Activity

January 26, 2013 at 13:28:48
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 2.6 GHz/ 4 GB

Hello all,
I have a Dell Latitude E6400 that runs very slowly, and when looking in Resource Monitor, the hard disk activity frequently spikes to 100% when only 1 MB/s is being read/written to the disk. The same thing happens in Safe Mode. The hard disk is a Crucial V4 128 GB SSD. There is still 80 GB of free space available. Here are the specs:

Dell Latitude E6400
Core 2 Duo @ 2.6 GHz
4 GB RAM
128 GB Crucial V4 SSD
Intel GMA 4500HD Graphics
Windows 7 Ultimate X64

In Resource Monitor, there is no single process hogging all of the hard disk transfer. But, whenever I launch an application, like Google Chrome, disk activity spikes to 100%. I've already tried reformatting and reinstalling the OS, but it din't help. Any ideas?

Thanks,
RMT2

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#1
January 26, 2013 at 13:39:26

Disk activity or CPU usage? You might want to consider dumping Chrome for Firefox. Also, no mechanicall HDD for storage?

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#2
January 26, 2013 at 13:55:14

Disk Activity. The CPU usage is perfectly fine. But this isn't just a problem with Google Chrome, the disk usage spikes to 100% even if I just am installing an application or downloading a file.

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#3
January 26, 2013 at 18:37:05

Sorry, didn't realize you were asking about a laptop. I'm not familar with SSDs & considering their high cost per GB, I doubt I'll be getting one anytime soon. Did you install the SATA drivers & configure the drive settings in the BIOS? I know it's a Dell so there's probably not much you can tweak.

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/suppor...


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#4
January 27, 2013 at 07:57:21

The drive was setup as AHCI in the BIOS when I installed the OS. There is the IRRT option available in the BIOS, but I didn't set it up using it. There aren't any missing drivers in Device Manager. Thanks for your help so far! Do you have any other ideas?

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#5
January 27, 2013 at 17:57:23

Also, I just tried Firefox on this system, and it runs even slower than Chrome, the hard disk activity spikes with it as well.

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