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HDD constantly trashing

  1. #11


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    I can confirm that Voidtools' Everything Search is awesome, it misses absolutely nothing. I do use Linux sometimes, wish Voidtools would release a version for indexing files in Linux. However, I personally wouldnt disable indexing/Windows Search if you have a powerful machine, I havent noticed a big performance difference on my laptop when it (indexing/WS) is enabled. If you really dont need it or have low system resources then turn it off if you wish. And even though ES is a good app I'm not convinced that it can do everything indexing/WS can do. I'm sure it plays a helpful but not necessarily vital role in Windows.

    As for what I said before, I would like to clarify by saying that Primo RAMDisk is for creating disk drives that live in your system's RAM, you can even install stuff to them and the drive will persist across reboots if you configure things that way. I've had stellar performance when installing/running demanding games from a RAMDisk. There are other similar apps but Primo RAMDisk is the best by far and has the least issues. As for FancyCache (by the same company), it's a bit different. It's not a virtual disk drive,(NOT disc [emulation], like DAEMON Tools, Alcohol 120%, etc), it's actually similar but is a caching app that acts similar to the SuperFetch caching service found in more recent versions of Windows. Both of these might help in your case (Clint & Visterius) because as I said before they reduce pressure on your HDD. The RAMDisk is much faster than a HDD since whatever is running from it is located in RAM/memory. And FancyCache will simply cache your most commonly used apps/docs, etc, which also reduces read/writes to the HDD, which might reduce thrashing.

    I've only been messing around with this kind of stuff for awhile myself, it might help you, might not, but dont take my word for it, since I'm no expert.
    As for my advice on checking for bad sectors, monitoring your drive's SMART data, defragging, etc, well, that's just good advice that any PC user should know.

    Hope I was able to help or maybe give you a few ideas. And like everyone else has said, back up your drive just in case, since it could be failing. Better safe than sorry..........
    Last edited by Enigma; 02 Apr 2013 at 05:33.

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  2. #12


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I personally wouldnt disable indexing/Windows Search if you have a powerful machine, I havent noticed a big performance difference on my laptop when it (indexing/WS) is enabled. If you really dont need it or have low system resources then turn it off if you wish. And even though ES is a good app I'm not convinced that it can do everything indexing/WS can do. I'm sure it plays a helpful but not necessarily vital role in Windows.
    Please read this post and you can see what Windows Search created.
    Hard drive just keeps running lower and lower on space
    In this case it's 22 GB but I have seen case with > 100 GB. Yes, initially if this file is small then you don't see any effect on the performance but if this file is getting too big then Windows Search will bring the PC down to its knee trying to index such a huge file,
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  3. #13


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    My HD is a WD Black Desktop 1TB SATA 6.0 GB/s 7200 RPM. It's about a year old. It's been making this noise since new. I've never had a problem with it. All the test that I have ran says it's OK. It just makes a thump noise about every 5 seconds.
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  4. #14


    San Jose - California
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    My HD is a WD Black Desktop 1TB SATA 6.0 GB/s 7200 RPM. It's about a year old. It's been making this noise since new. I've never had a problem with it. All the test that I have ran says it's OK. It just makes a thump noise about every 5 seconds.
    If all the tests passed then you are OK. However, don't rely on how new your HD is. There are cases with brand new HD D.O.A. To further eliminating unnecessary disk access and improve system performance:

    1. Temporarily disable Windows Search as said in my previous post
    2. Windows Update set as: Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
    3. Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Action Center->Change Action Center settings, click on Customer Experience Improvement Program settings and select No
    4. Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler
      - Expand the node Microsoft->Windows->Application Experience, right click and disable: AitAgent, ProgramDataUpdater
      - Expand the node Microsoft->Windows->Customer Experience Improvement, right click on each item and disable everything
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  5. #15


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    My HD is a WD Black Desktop 1TB SATA 6.0 GB/s 7200 RPM. It's about a year old. It's been making this noise since new. I've never had a problem with it. All the test that I have ran says it's OK. It just makes a thump noise about every 5 seconds.
    If all the tests passed then you are OK. However, don't rely on how new your HD is. There are cases with brand new HD D.O.A. To further eliminating unnecessary disk access and improve system performance:

    1. Temporarily disable Windows Search as said in my previous post
    2. Windows Update set as: Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
    3. Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Action Center->Change Action Center settings, click on Customer Experience Improvement Program settings and select No
    4. Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler
      - Expand the node Microsoft->Windows->Application Experience, right click and disable: AitAgent, ProgramDataUpdater
      - Expand the node Microsoft->Windows->Customer Experience Improvement, right click on each item and disable everything
    I've done all that topgundcp. I never new all that stuff was there. Good info. I did a system Restore and rebooted. The thump is still there though. Here's a shot of the activity on drive C.
    Click image for larger version
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  6. #16


    San Jose - California
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    I've done all that topgundcp. I never new all that stuff was there. Good info. I did a system Restore and rebooted. The thump is still there though. Here's a shot of the activity on drive C.
    I am a little confused. You said you made changes and then you did a system restore, meaning you undid what you've changed then rebooted. Do I understand right or am I missing something ?
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Maybe you guys hear the fan malfunctioning and not the HDD. 0% usage is 0%.

    To make sure:
    Go to the BIOS and run a disk check and see what you got.

    @Clint
    For DELL reboot and press F12 to load dell diagnostics.
    Re: how do i run a check disk utility on my dell vostro 1000 - New to the Community Forum - New to the Community - Dell Community

    @Visterius
    For ASUS see BIOS (DEL key?) and maybe other shortcuts I've skipped.
    ASUS - X201E

    You can also check for drive errors in Windows (chkdsk) (right click on disk, check).
    CHKDSK - Check a Drive for Errors in Windows 8
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  8. #18


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I am a little confused. You said you made changes and then you did a system restore, meaning you undid what you've changed then rebooted. Do I understand right or am I missing something ?
    No topgundcp. I was typing faster than I was thinking. What I should have said was I created a Restore Point, did the changes then rebooted.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Maybe you guys hear the fan malfunctioning and not the HDD. 0% usage is 0%.
    At the time I did the Snip, it was at 0%. You can see the little bumps in the image. The fan makes a different sound.
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  10. #20


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Maybe you guys hear the fan malfunctioning and not the HDD. 0% usage is 0%.
    At the time I did the Snip, it was at 0%. You can see the little bumps in the image. The fan makes a different sound.
    Anything about the disk check?
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