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  1. #1


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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86

    Latest Updates. Anyone noticed a change or increase in....


    HDD noise.

    Following on from this weeks updates I have a noticed a definite change in HDD activity and noise. Even when left displaying just the desktop there are constant bursts of HDD activity but while these are long lasting (a couple of minutes at a time) and seemingly pretty constant... an hour in and still they persist... they are not enough to light the HDD light. Not even a flicker. The sound is like very faint machine gun fire, and yes it is quiet in absolute terms but equally in a quiet room its noticeable. Task manager shows everything at zero and yet clicking "disk" on the performance tab does actually show a graph of the constant activity. Actual throughput is probably very very low but it certainly shows in the HDD noise, at least for me.

    Just wondered if anyone else had noticed.

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    For the last couple of days mine has had a lot of disc activity, but then last night it seems to have calmed down and not as bad

    I do seem to have the 'Microsoft Windows Search Indexer' almost constant running, this is using my disc almost constantly
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  3. #3


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    That's interesting. I'll see how mine goes over the next day or two. I don't like not having a fully updated system but I could always revert the changes from my disk image files and see which update is the problem one.
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    I installed the update on Wednesday morning
    Initially I had runtimebroker eating up all my RAM so the machine ground to a halt
    various other processes that hogged my HD to 100% usage
    I did think my machine was totally broken

    However, after a few restarts, from last night and all today it is now running fine, performance is great again

    it looks to me as if it has been re-indexing everything and also doing some type of maintenance on the system, which has taken a long time for it to go through
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