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JRDaly525
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Hard Drive always running

My problem is that the Hardrive sounds like it is always accessing files. Non-stop. It continues until the power scheme I have set, turns it off.
The light on the front of the computer never lights up unless I am actually running a program that has the hard drive accessing files.
I have turned off my virus scanning software (as far as I know).
The hardrive running doesn't seem to cause my system resources to go down. It just makes that noise all the time.

Is this a hardware problem or a software thing?

Thanks for you help.

Jim
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dbramlet
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Jim,
I have seen HDs that were going bad do this. Run scandisk and defrag and see if any errors are reported.
This is just my opinion and possible solution.
Dave
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JRDaly525
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your response.
I have run both Scan Disk and Defrag on my hardrive and it has found no errors.
Everything seems to work just fine, other than the constant noise a harddrive makes when it is accessing file. Not loud, but noticeable.

Thanks for you help.

Jim
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dbramlet
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Jim,
I wasn't much help and maybe a Dell representative will respond. A HD shouldn't struggle like that and constanly spin. How much memory do you have?
Good luck,
Dave
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JRDaly525
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Dave,

I have 256 MB RAM. Usually after startup I have around 94-97% of system resources free.
It doesn't mess up any of the programs I run, so I am not sure if its really a problem or not. I hope its something simple.
A person I work with told me that it may be some kind of windows swap file constantly working or something like that. I didn't know what that was or how to mess with it or check it.
I've done all the scans and defrags with no problem.

Thanks again.

Jim
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dbramlet
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Jim,
what OS are you running? I doubt it has anything to do with the swap file, especially if you are running win95 or 98. What all is running in the systray. (the box with the time in it to the right bottom). Do you have a task scheduler running there? I had a problem that was similar that was being caused by Microsoft find fast. I removed it and it solved my problem. You have plenty of memory, in fact probably over-kill. I don't have any idea if this is true or not, but I heard once that too much ram can actually slow the system down.
Dave
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JRDaly525
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RE: Hard Drive always running

I'm running Windows 98.
I have tried turning everything off at startup except the required files. I thought it might be my virus software (MacAfee) causing the problem. But it doesn't seem to be so.
I turned off task scheduler. Where would I find and turnoff find fast?
I have heard of this before, but have no idea where its at.
I first noticed the hard drive doing this a month or so ago. It didn't do it before, unless I just wasn;t paying attention, but it got to where it bugged me.
My system is running good, just that darn noise.

I plan on adding my virus software back into the startup (using MSCONFIG and then going to the startup tag.)

Thanks,

Jim

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dbramlet
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Jim,
I wish I could be of more help, but it is hard without actually seeing it. The task scheduler if running will show up in the systray. The icon for it appears to be text type box with a blue area at the top. If it isn't in systray it is running. I build and repair systems and just had a guy bring over a system that was doing the exact same thing. His HD was going bad and I didn't know this for sure until I decided to re-format the drive. Do you by any chance leave a cd in the cd-rom drive all the time? There is some reason the hd is struggling. You did say it took a longer than usual amount of time to load any program, correct? Could you pull the cover on the system and have no problem doing this? If so, try pulling the data ribbon cable from the hd and re-seating it. I don't want to suggest anything you don't feel comfortable doing or anything that would void your warranty if you still have one. When you get to the desktop after bootup hit ctrl+alt+del
You will see the programs running. See if there are any you have not tried shutting down. Maybe someone else will jump in and offer some advice also.
Dave
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dbramlet
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Jim,
I told you about task scheduler. You asked about find fast. It would also be in the systray if it is running and all I remember about the icon is it has a lightning bolt through it. Go to start, programs, windows explorer. Select windows, start menu, programs, startup. There you will see what is loading at startup. I always remove anything if I don't use it. If find fast is listed remove it. It will go to the recycle bin and you can restore it if you chose to later.
Dave
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dusty63
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RE: Hard Drive always running

Hi,
Sorry I can't offer any help, just wanted to say that I received my replacement tower (Dimension XPS B733r) yesterday, and I'm having the same problem. Mine sounds like the one I just replaced sounded when it was running the virus scan program. The fan and hard drive went bad on the first one thats why I had them send me a replacement now this one sounds like its about shot right out of the box. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Barbara.
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