Constant hard drive scanning

November 22, 2010 at 17:42:51
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium4, 1.8GHz, 512Mb RAM
Is there a utility that will tell me what program is constantly scanning my hard drive (windows XP)? I think I have the indexing services off and findfast off...I've used Process Explorer and msconfig, but can't tell what is running my drive..

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November 22, 2010 at 18:01:29
Two of the most common problems of constant hard drive scanning are, the drive is going bad or you have a virus.

You didn't mention what brand of computer you have. HP computers have a built in utility in the BIOS to check the hard drive. You might check if your computer has this option. The next step would be to do a virus scan. There are many good free virus scanners available, Trend Micro and Avast are two good ones.

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November 22, 2010 at 23:45:16
Brad55, maybe this'll help? Whats running in background? -
Ed in Texas.

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November 23, 2010 at 07:09:40
Each hd manufacturer has a utility to clone your hd to a new one. If you have a spare hd you can use as a temp slave, I would do the clone (copy) while I could.

This will save you from having to do a full install should your master be failing.

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November 23, 2010 at 08:03:46
Third adn 4th options: severely fragmented drive or corrupt file system. Run in the following order

chkdsk /f via cmd prompt
disk cleanup off the accessories/system tools menu
disk defrag off the same menu.

Simple way to see what maybe writing to the drive is look at task manager and processes. Which one keeps spiking up?

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