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

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


    Recently i upgraded my machine to Win 8.1 by installing an SSD with the OS & Programs. I then have a 500GB HD where the User folders are directed for documents and a 2TB for photos. I have started noticing that the machine is constantly whirring for long periods even when I'm not doing anything and it is extremely irritating/worrying. I have turned off all the indexing and run various HD testing software that says all my drives are fine. I'd love to know what it is making it do this so is there any tool that shows you clearly which drive is doing what? Of course it is silent as I write this!!! Looking in task manager I can see 10% CPU, 25% memory and 0% disc and lovely silence. hitting save on 35,000 photos drives the usage on 2TB drive up to 12% but more of a scuffling sound from the drive than a ticking i.e. it isnt the same sound.

    Thanks for any tips on locating what is causing this.

    mike

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Do you have Windows Media Player set to share media files over the network? If you go into Network and Sharing Center you can look at the settings. I find that if WMP is set to share files it will constantly sift through all the drives on the system looking for media files to share.
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    Gone into network and sharing and dont see anything to do with WMP? Where do I look please?
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    I guess it is called Media Streaming now.

    Click where it shows on screen shot, then click All Networks

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    unfortunately already off
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Do you have monitoring, reporting, security programs maybe a little too assertively-set?
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Windows 8 while idle, will update the Search index, purge old info out of the page file, scan system for threats, Defrag/Optimise.

    Just the OS doing some housekeeping chores, when you do not use it.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    One thing it could be. Do you have an application that monitors a folder for changes? If you have a large folder tree and a program uses the Windows API to be notified on a file or folder change, it can work the drive hard.
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    The only thing i think I have is windows defender. I haven't installed any other 3rd party apps. As I said I have disable the indexing.

    Maybe I just have to accept it's normal for Win8 just never heard it with Win7.

    Thanks for all your advice

    Mike
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    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Task manager and Resource monitor may help YOU with this. The biggest problem with these tools is that it can give the user a lot of data but unless they know what to look for it's all useless. Have you given them a try?

    If you notice a big increase in activity on task manager take a look at Resource Monitor, as it is more helpful since it gives a more detail overview on WHAT is using those resource. If you notice high disk activity in Task Manager take a look at what the resource monitor shows about disk activity. Who is doing most of the reading or writing (B/sec), it may be a specific process, file or program. Click image for larger version
    It could be Windows 8 at fault but I have some doubts that Windows 8 itself is what is causing high usage.

    Take a look at memory as well a large amount of page faults will definitely give you signals as well.
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