Windows 7 performs a ghost search while opening a folder

November 14, 2012 at 02:44:11
Specs: Windows 7, E5200, 4GB DDR-II RAM
Hi, I have two partitions on my laptop's HDD - one is the system partition where my Windows 7 and all the Program Files reside, the other is a large partition for storing data. I will call the large one the "store partition".

A few days ago my Windows died and I couldn't use the Windows Install CD to fix the problem (it was freezing before the install begins). So, I ran Linux KNOPPIX from a bootable CD and then used it to rescue some small data from the Windows partition and to move it to the large store partition, and after this I used KNOPPIX to format the whole Windows 7 partition to NTFS.
Then I installed a fresh Windows 7 Enterprise copy on it.

Everything is fine now, except for one huge problem.
Whenever I try to access a folder on the large store partition from this newly installed Windows 7, I get strange behavior.
When I open a folder that is located on the store partition, the whole system kind of freezes or starts to move very slowly and the top bar of Windows Explorer starts filling up slowly, like when searching for a keyword of a file name in a folder.
I think it actually does an automated search for the name of the opened folder. and this slows down and freezes the whole system.
It is hard (or maybe even impossible) to delete any files on the store partition too. System freezes and all that.

It does this automated ghost search most of the time. Sometimes it misses to do it and things look normal until the next time I try to access something on my store partition. Then it does it again.

What is causing this? Did I miss to turn on an option? Is my Windows 7 faulty? Or do I just have a faulty hard drive or something?

Thanks!


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#1
November 14, 2012 at 03:02:31
Tried a few things.
Problem still persists.

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#2
November 14, 2012 at 10:41:14
Try disabling file indexing.

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#3
November 15, 2012 at 11:30:17
I did that. It seems to help a bit.
There is still one folder on the store partition that won't open at all and that would freeze the system when clicked on. I guess I will just use KNOPPIX again to access the contents of that faulty folder and to back it up to a newly created one.
Then I will delete the problematic folder from KNOPPIX.
Let's see if this will solve the problem.

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#4
November 15, 2012 at 19:40:11
I just found out that Windows keeps doing its ghost search, even after I disabled file indexing.
So the original problem remains unsolved.

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#5
November 15, 2012 at 21:02:27
Please download and run ListParts by Farbar (for 32-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Please download and run ListParts64 by Farbar (for 64-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Click on the Scan button.
The scan results will open in Notepad.
Post those results in your next reply.

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#6
November 16, 2012 at 06:25:42
Hi, I just did a test with that ListParts program. It reports both my partitions as being "Healthy".

I managed to delete the faulty folder from the store partition by running a check for errors scan. I guess the scan found problems and fixed them. This in turn allowed me to backup the contents of the bad folder and to erase it.

I think the ghost scans stopped... for now.
I will run it for a little longer and see how it behaves. If it starts doing weird stuff again, I will come back with a new post.


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