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HDD constantly trashing

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    HDD constantly trashing


    Hi,
    I've recently installed Windows 8 on an Asus X201E. There is an audiable constant disk trashing, although the HDD LED doesn't blink & the Performance monitor in the task manager also doesn't indicate any excessive disk access (literally 0% when nothing is going on). What could cause this? Besides the annoying sound, I'm worried about the disk wearing out.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Mine does the same thing. I keep it defraged too. I would like to know also.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Mine does the same thing. I keep it defraged too. I would like to know also.
    Well somewhere I read that when your pc is inactive and starts thrashing then, while actually accessing the disk, it's possibly that it's defragmenting (or otherwise optimalizing its hdd) it over time. But this is during normal usage...
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    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I've Googled it and some people say it's Indexing. I don't find a place to disable it to see it that's what it is. Is Search the same thing? That is in Turn Windows features off or on.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    go to computer and right click on the harddrive icon and go properties and turn off indexing,try that and see if makes a difference
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  6. #6


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


    If the disk "trashing" (thrashing?) is audible then that might be csuse for concern, it might even be failing.Figure out who the drive's maker is (probably Seagate since the laptop is ASUS like mine), go to their website or Google, and look for a utility download for your specific drive.install it and check the drive's health and bad sector count.
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  7. #7


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


    Forgot to say, but also manually defrag the disk, and run a checkdisk (CHKDSK) in Windows to check the drive. Use the same function to scan for/repair bad sectors. I also recommend HDD Regenerator for this. I prefer 3rd pty software for defragging (Defraggler, UltimateDefrag). And if the drive maker doesnt have software available then just look for generic software elsewhere that does the same thing. You should also use said utility to check the drive's SMART status/health. Lastly, it might also help if you use a RAMdisk software to create a drive in RAM to reduce pressure/activity on the disk. Primo RAMdisk and FancyCache are great for this. They're not quite the same so check it out. Just make sure you have alot of RAM. sry for the longwinded post and no spacing, im tapping this out on my phone. Hope this helped!
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    go to computer and right click on the harddrive icon and go properties and turn off indexing,try that and see if makes a difference
    Thanks caperjack for the reply. If I uncheck this will it downgrade the performance very much?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I turned off Indexing. It didn't stop the noise. I don't really see any difference in performance with it turned off.
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  10. #10


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    According to this article Indexing Service is no longer supported as of Windows XP and is unavailable for use as of Windows 8. Instead, use Windows Search for client side search.
    Indexing Service (Windows)

    Unfortunately this process can eat a lot of resources even when your PC is sitting idle, Windows Search service is updating the Windows.edb, this file can become quite large (many GB's) and will cause a lot of activity on the hard disk and will also degrade your PC performance.
    Windows.edb is located in a hidden folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows so you might want to check this file to see how big it is.
    If you don't use Search function often, you might want to disable this service: Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services and disable "Windows Search" then you can safely delete Windows.edb

    There are a lot of services that are enabled by default when you install Windows, some of those can be disabled to improve the system performance. For example, I always disable services such as: Remote Registry, Smart Card, Remote Access, Fax service, Windows Search etc...

    For Windows Search replacement, I use a small freeware Everything Search: Everything Search Engine
    which does a better job than the built in Windows Search.

    Having said all that. When a hard disk starts making noise, it is a sign of it going bad so you might want to back up your important data just in case.
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