Hearing hard drive activity when idle

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janlafata

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I have Windows 7 x64 and a Western Digital hard drive. I don't know if this has been going on for awhile or not or if I just ever noticed it, but even when my system is completely idle, with no programs open or anything, I hear the hard drive write head for about 10 seconds or so, then it's gone. Then it will do it again after awhile. It's really only noticeable because the drive is a WD, and WD's have a little noisier drive.

Anti-virus and spyware scans have not turned up anything but after doing some research on this issue, many people feel it could just be services or processes running or the anti-virus. I do have indexing disabled and the defrag is set on manual. I guess it could be some other sort of unknown process going on though in task scheduler, I don't know.
 

janlafata

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Well I'm using Perfect Disk though and it's set to completely manual. Also the "Disk Defrag" service is set to manual
 

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Yes the paging file (same as the swap right?) is on my C drive. I have three partitions on the drive also.
 

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The chances are that the disk activity is the system writing a portion of memory to the paging file.
 
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