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Hard drive activity, long delay when going to sleep

  1. #1

    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Hard drive activity, long delay when going to sleep

    Hi, I noticed an issue with my PC earlier this morning.

    I always put my desktop into S3 sleep when not in use, normally this happens almost instantly, but now it takes 10+ seconds after the monitor goes black before the system actually powers down.

    I had been using Windows 7, but a week ago I did an upgrade to Windows 8. I'm not sure exactly when this behavior started, but I just noticed it earlier today.

    I have Hibernate disabled (powercfg -h off) as well as System Restore; so I don't know what could be causing this. The hard drive LED stays lit during the entire delay.

    Any ideas on what it could be doing, or any way to find out?


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  2. #2

    Maryland USA
    Posts : 746
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    Are you certain its going to sleep and not hibernation or hybrid sleep?

    Both modes write to the harddrive before powering down..

    Check your drive for errors, or fragmentation....
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  3. #3

    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    1. Install Windows Assessment Toolkit and Windows Performance Toolkit from Windows 8 ADK (google)
    2. Start Windows Performance Recorder
    3. On the right, choose Performance Scenario: Standby/Resume
    4. When done, upload ETL files to Dropbox/SkyDrive/etc
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