Windows ME internal HDD activity light will not go off??

May 3, 2015 at 07:24:15
Specs: Windows ME
I have a compaq presario, running win me.
Never had any problems with the system, but shutdown the system for the last 4 weeks ( i have always kept the pc on), now when I restarted it, everything came up ok, but the hard drive activity light will not go off. Did a system restore from a floppy emergency boot for win me, no problems. But the hdd activity light will not go off. Can access all files, and even run some programs, but hdd activity light will not go off, when not accessing files or not running a program. How can I find what program could be running in the background accessing the hd on this operating system, or what else? Any help would be appreciated.


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May 3, 2015 at 08:10:01
Windows ME is a 14 years old operating system. If you are running Windows ME this means your HDD has exceeded its average lifespan and is beginning to wear out. Consider replacing the HDD or get a new PC. Mainstream support for this OS ended 12 years ago.


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May 3, 2015 at 13:53:51
Is it just the HD led or is there actual hard drive activity going on too? If you put your ear close to the drive in a quiet room you might be able to hear any reading and writing the drive is engaged in. Does the LED flicker or stay on all the time?

Also try booting to safe mode and see if the same thing happens. Try a bootdisk too.

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May 5, 2015 at 07:59:21
LED stays on, does not flicker, can't tell if reading or writing is going on. Is there any program for Windows ME that can show hard drive activity?

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May 5, 2015 at 18:56:12
Probably but I'm not personally aware of any. But in safe mode there will be minimal read/write activity and when booting from a boot disk there should be none so the LED should be off or indicate less activity.

Another thing, if it's actual R/W activity and not just the LED being 'stuck' on, if it's that old maybe the drive is getting full and ME is having a hard time finding places to use. That could increase activity.

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May 6, 2015 at 09:36:19
when i boot from the boot disk, the light is still on.
on another note, by some quirk I lost my Accessories, via the startup, Program files.
How can I recover Accessories w/all the attendant programs i.e., system tools, etc?

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May 6, 2015 at 12:40:54
I think it is extremely unlikely that the light being on indicates
actual HDD activity. It is on for some other reason.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 6, 2015 at 18:30:50
Yeah if it's on when there shouldn't be any drive activity then it's something else. Could anyone have messed with the wires going to the front panel? For example if the drive LED wires were plugged into the power LED pins then it would be on all the time.

It seems like I had a drive or two that did that. I don't remember if I swapped in another one or just used it that way. But I suggest you get a similar drive and clone yours to it since, as already mentioned, it's pretty old anyway.

About getting back the accessories folder; ME had some kind of system restore although most people disabled it. If yours is still on then give that a try. You can also try a SCANREG /RESTORE from start--run and choose a registry to restore with a date that precedes the problem.

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May 7, 2015 at 08:19:07
i did the boot disk scanreg /restore to a much earlier time, the startup/programs are all gone, that's why i want to restore the programs in accessories, ideas?

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May 8, 2015 at 18:44:36
I found this:

The MS link there just tells you how to do a system restore but since the accessoreis folder is missing I suppose you can't do that. The other method mentioned is to manually rebuild it which means find the exe file for each program in the original accessories folder and make a link to each of them in a new folder.

But if your system restore isn't disabled you can start it from command prompt. This tells you how to do it:

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May 8, 2015 at 22:44:35
If there is valuable data on that machine, now is the time to make a backup.
What is the reason to hold on to this "vintage" PC/OS? Legacy programs/software? Nostalgia?

If you still have a Win-ME disk at hand, it's fairly easy to create a Virtual Machine running Win-ME (or any other Win-Version) along side the host OS (Win 7??)

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