Win7 Gateway laptop continuous HD activity

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
November 28, 2009 at 13:51:50
Specs: Windows 7
New Gateway laptop 4 gig memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M (1 gig memory) video 320 Meg hard drive.
My hard drive disk accesses light flashes almost every second. I've tried all I can do to stop it. Turned off Disk Indexing and windows indexing service and Windows search. But that disk lamp continues to flash away. With 4 gig of memory I can't understand why it is accessing the hard drive when there is nothing going on. I can even shut down all applications and it still flashes.

Can someone answer why this is happening?

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November 28, 2009 at 22:46:54
Other than the light flashing are you having troubles?


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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November 29, 2009 at 01:44:46
try to shut down vitual memory, control panel/ststem/advanced system settings/ advanced/performance/advanced/virtual memory set it to 0

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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November 29, 2009 at 06:11:26
The computer runs great even when disabling all I have. My Paging File Size (virtual mem) is now 0. Setting this to zero did not help at all - drive continues to flash as before.

If I look at resource monitor, I see the majority of disk access is writes/reads to windows/System32/config/softwarelog1, $logfile, and "system volume information." Looks like normal windows stuff - but it never stops.... Why?

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November 29, 2009 at 11:02:35
Ok a few more things you can try to use. Right click computer, select properties, and then click on advanced system settings, afterwards click on system protection. Disable it. Also you might disable superfetch in the services panel.

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December 2, 2009 at 12:59:37
No change...

Is anyone else having this problem?

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December 2, 2009 at 14:15:27
I have had this issue since originally being on Vista and now on Windows 7. My HDD light flashes about every second or maybe slighly faster. I originally did some research about it and didn't find any really good answers. But it has never caused an issue.

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December 2, 2009 at 14:51:18
OK, thanks, glad I'm not alone. It just really bugs me that the Hard Drive is running once a second with 4 gig of memory to use.

Maybe someone out there knows why...

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December 2, 2009 at 15:42:36
I have also had this issue since using Vista. As with ntengineer, I reserached it and tried the things suggested above, but it also didn't help. My hard drive flashes a blue light and it really does not bother me anymore, though I would like to correct it. Of course, I could disbale the hard drive light by unplugging it from the motherboard(I have a desktop), but I really don't want to do that. I suppose that you could also do that with a laptop, but I'm not certain.

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December 2, 2009 at 17:07:48
It's not the flashing that bothers me....

As I continue to ask... Can someone tell me WHY?

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December 10, 2009 at 09:12:01
Have you done a full virus and spyware scan on your system? Could be some spyware or something.

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Let us know...

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December 10, 2009 at 09:32:58
No I really don't think that is the issue. We now have other Windows 7 boxes here and they all do the same thing. All did it with as new machines with Norton virus scanning enabling from the factory.

So I'm believing it is just what Windows 7 does.

To give a reason to answer my own question I would say it is tracking/writing the app. and OS state for next power up.

Please let me know if someone can say what is really happening...

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January 12, 2010 at 03:31:30
My PC is running but only flashes every4 seconds.I never noticed it before.I say it is windows writing to the System restore files.Or something like that.I try to turn my New Writing of Files to System Restore.To cut that down from 22% writing to say 4 to5 %.Windows then deletes anything older then a week.Not using a lot of resourses to do something that i will probly not be using anyways.Each to there own reforms i guess.Happy Computing.

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January 17, 2010 at 08:04:25
Hi I been having the exact same problem but every flash the HDD
light does a crackling sound comes up. It is very annoying and
have researched everywhere but no answer. If anyone has an
answer please let us know. Also has anyone had that crackling
problem coming from the HDD?

-Thank You

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