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How can I find out why my HD are constantly whirring?

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    great i'll keep and eye on that thanks

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    So my pc is ticking away furiously and this is what i have see in resource monitor. No hard faults and nothing writing furiously. I can hear the driving slowing down now . Now stopped and monitor looks pretty much the same!!!
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    How many chrome tabs are you running? Chrome browser can go crazy running a process per open tab plus 4 or 5 for good measure. Chromium had a command line flag that limited the number of "renderers" running simultaneously. I think I used to set it to 4. afaik chrome from google has no such switch on the command line.

    Trouble is now chromium doesn't play flash. At least I could not get it to work.

    Edit: chromium is the open source browser that google chrome is based on. Google modifies it for its own purposes.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by masplin View Post
    No hard faults and nothing writing furiously. I can hear the driving slowing down now . Now stopped and monitor looks pretty much the same!!!
    Hard fault is showing very little are you sure it's sorted from highest usage to slowest, not the other way around? If this was the peak of your hardware usage it actually shows very little. I know the "green drives" are able to go into a deeper rest mode than traditional drives, users notice noise more often on those while they return to work.

    Honestly at this point you are going to have to do long term monitoring. Maybe you can notice patterns, just keep task manager & resource monitor in the background for quick access. If you have already confirm that your HDD is making a lot of noise, all that's left to do is monitor it. Also make sure you have a backup, maybe the reason for the noise could be that it is trying to show you signs of failure. Enjoy your day and have a good one.
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    Miles Ahead, if you right click on the Chrome Tab bar, you can then open up Chrome's Task Manager, which allows you to open Chrome://memory-redirect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Miles Ahead, if you right click on the Chrome Tab bar, you can then open up Chrome's Task Manager, which allows you to open Chrome://memory-redirect.
    Then what? I need to study a manual for that info.
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    No. It gives you all of the memory info that Chrome is using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    No. It gives you all of the memory info that Chrome is using.
    Ah, for this problem diagnosis. I was thinking of how to control it.
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    This is driving me nuts. I can't see anything in the resource monitor that looks like it is causing the noise. It can go on for 30 minutes or more then goes silent and i just don't see any differnece. I thought it could be the fans so installed speedfan but the fan speed doesnt seem to change whether the noise is there or not.

    Thisis resource monitor with the noise



    This is it without the noise. Can anyone see anything that could cause this constant ticking? Thanks

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    Your HDD may be showing signs of failure. If it's working hard under minimal load. Your last post makes me wonder if we even know the source of the noise though. Just make a backup for worst case scenario.
    If you force a heavy load on it can you recreate the scenario? try something with large files.
    Crystal Disk Info can help you monitor temperatures and check the reported status of HDD. Crystal Disk Mark can help with benchmarking your HDD and maybe even so small stress testing.

    I am still incline to saying that the noise may be a HDD death noise.
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