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Hard Drive Light

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by debodun, Jan 2, 2009.

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  1. debodun

    debodun Thread Starter

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    In my Acer system, the hard drive light had been on constantly (but flickering) since I booted up this morning. The system also seems very slow today. What could be causing this and what can be done to make the hard drive stop running?
     
  2. Spandexer

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    Something is running in the background. Could be your antivirus running a scan or some other program checking for updates. Go to 'Processes' in your 'Task List' (Cntrl + Alt + Delete) to see what's taking up your CPU then do a Google search for it if you don't recognize the name.
     
  3. debodun

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    Programs using -
    1000K -5000K: csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, lsass.exe, DefWatch.exe, Taskmgr.exe

    5000K-10000K: svhost.exe, explorer.exe

    over 10000K - firefox.exe, DHWizrd.exe, Rtvscan.exe
     
  4. Spandexer

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    That looks like Mem Usage you're quoting. How about under CPU?
    System Idle Process should show in the 90's when things are quiet and nothing is going on. If something else is taking 20 or above from System Idle Process note that one down.
     
  5. debodun

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    The System Idle is showing between 88 and 94. Nothing else is over 6. Most are 0. However the CPU usage bar is bouncing between 7 and 94%.
     
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    Google those services that are consistantly taking juice from your CPU. Find out which one's are important/vital and which are fluff. For example; svchost.exe is a Windows process and should be left alone, but iTunesHelper.exe is not.

    Check out Pac's Portal for help on determining which services are necessary vs. what's not.
    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm
     
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