HDD runs very fast for no reason while PC is not in use

March 9, 2012 at 17:47:20
Specs: Windows XP
how do I stop hard drive thrashing, harddrive runs fast without computer in use

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#1
March 9, 2012 at 18:51:41
It is either doing auto backups, MS Updates, Virus updates, Auto cleaning or scheduled jobs, such as Defrag.

Unknown hard drive activity.
Right click an empty part of your desktop > Properties > Display Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Desktop Items.
Down the bottom of that screen, uncheck > Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.


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#2
March 10, 2012 at 14:33:11
.... another possibility is that it is indexing files. You might get a clue from Task Manager.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
March 12, 2012 at 20:35:27
So far I have NOT found what is causing the problem. Any more suggestions? thanks JCC

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#4
March 14, 2012 at 18:45:04
I found it was the fan making the noise, it was not the hard drive. Thank you for your help. Jimmy

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#5
March 14, 2012 at 18:46:26
Well done and thanks for popping back to let us know the outcome.

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#6
March 16, 2012 at 20:57:24
What can cause the fan to race up and down. Looking at Task Manager there is activity at iexplore.exe when the fan runs very fast. Where do I look for the cause for this. Thanks Jimmy

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#7
March 16, 2012 at 22:40:06
Could be overheating.
Take a cover off & clean out the dust, put an external fan on & see if it behaves with the extra cooling. Make sure all the fans ( including the power supply ) are spinning fast, with the power off, give them a spin with a matchstick to make sure they are not stuck.

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#8
March 17, 2012 at 01:11:34
If iexplore.exe is running in the background when you do not have Internet Explorer open on your desktop (or minimised) then I would suspect you have malware

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#9
March 17, 2012 at 08:46:43
Re my #5

Ooops. I thought by #4 you meant that you had found a noisy fan and fixed the problem.

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#10
March 18, 2012 at 07:53:19
Finally I took the cover off and sure enough there was the culprit!! DUST had clogged the cooling device between fan and cpu. Cleaning solved the problem. Thank you again for your help. Hope this experience will help someone else. Jimmy

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#11
March 18, 2012 at 08:03:03
Glad to hear its sorted.

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