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Hard Drive making loud sounds when rendering tiff images

  1. #1


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Hard Drive making loud sounds when rendering tiff images


    Not sure where to put this as I'm quite sure it isn't a hard drive issue per se...

    I've a weird issue with Windows 8.1 and my mechanical hard drive. I've a 2TB Western Digital hard drive that's partitioned with one of the partitions being a Media partition (H) containing over 107 gig of images, mostly tiff files ranging from 80-700 meg. I'm a photographer who tends to edit it layers.

    Anyway for some odd reason when I access a folder containing these files, my hard drive goes into a frenzy and starts making loud vibration noise as though the drive is thrashing rapidly. Additionally I get a green bar going across the address bar as though it's establishing access permission. I've checked the drive and initially it just had "Everyone" listed so I added Administrators, and myself. But it still acts as though it's seeking permissions...

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    Interestingly enough no other folder or partition goes into this frenzy; just the folders under H partition containing the tiff images.

    My initial thought is it's a caching issues as the PC is trying to cache and display the thumbnails for these files but I'm not sure. And if it is, how do I fix?

    BTW this is a replacement drive as I thought my other drive was defective since it was doing the same and had it RMA'd.

    Also this is basically the same partition/orginization structure that was under my Win 7 machine and I never had this issue.

    Thoughts???

    Thanks

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Drew,

    Not sure what may be causing this, but you might see if defragging the HDD may help any.

    In addition, it wouldn't hurt to test the HDD with Data Lifeguard Diagnostic to see if it passes and reports anything.


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  3. #3


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks Shawn,

    I've done both these things (Defrag, WD diagnostics), in fact they were also done on the drive that was subsequently RMA'd for this issue

    Yet I have the exact same behavior with the replacement, this is why I really feel it's a Window 8 issue.

    Appreciate the help

    Thanks
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Do you have any other hard drives to see if it does the same on them as well?

    As a test, turn off thumbnail previews to see if it may just be it trying to load them for these large files in this folder.
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  5. #5


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Do you have any other hard drives to see if it does the same on them as well?
    Yeah I do, but none of them does it, not even my SSD drives. This only happens in the folders having the large tiff files.

    This is interesting...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    As a test, turn off thumbnail previews to see if it may just be it trying to load them for these large files in this folder.
    Did that and no issues; Folders open right away without a peep from HD. Don't know if I want to go with this as a permanent solution as I need my thumbnails, but your suspicion panned out
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  6. #6


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    Ok. Copy that folder to another HDD to see if it does it on that HDD with thumbnail previews turned off. This will help to see if it's just that drive or the size of the folder causing it on all HDDs. No need to try this on the SSD since this shouldn't be an issue for it at all.

    For now as a workaround, you could use the context menu below to make it easy to toggle on/off thumbnail previews. This way you could toggle it off before opening the folder, and toggle it back on when finished.

    Thumbnails - Enable or Disable - Add to Context Menu - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK, so I didn't copy the files over to another drive, but what I did do is stick in my backup drive containing all my backup and original images, and that drive does the same so it's definitely a caching issue. And yeah, with thumbnails turned off, no issues.

    Now the question becomes why is Windows 8.1 doing this when no such issues existed under 7

    A BIG thanks for helping me sort this out. I would rep, but I haven't spread enough

    Now what?
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Drew.

    You might see if clearing and resetting the thumbnail cache may help when it's turned on, but I don't think it will.
    If not, then you might see if disabling the thumbnail cache may. This way you can have thumbnail previews turned on, and have it load each time instead of from the cache.
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  9. #9


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yeah I'll give those suggestions a try. I'll also do some net snooping to see if this issue is prevalent or just unique to me.

    Thanks; at least I now have a clue.

    And I did get a new hard drive out of it
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  10. #10


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    System Cleaner?


    Are you running a system cleaner (e.g. CCleaner)?

    If yes, check that the clean "Thumbnail Cache" option isn't selected.

    Tif file previews take a long time to generate on my W7 setup.
    I suspect that it is related to the file size.

    Another option is to work on smaller groups of pictures.
    Create a folder and only copy a small number of files to it and set that folder's View to thumbnails.
    Keep the rest of the pictures in a separate folder and set the View to something other than thumbnails.
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