My computer seems to access the harddrive a lot

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Thread Starter
Jan 2, 2007
Lately every time I access a web page, or do anything on my computer
I hear my hard dirve beating little drums all the time. This might be the
reason my computer is slowing down. I have done a defrag so I know that is not the problem. I am using XP. Is there something else I can do to speed things


Oct 1, 2007
Disable as many startup things as you can in MSCONFIG that don't need to be running all the time. Add more RAM if its not at a GIG or more already. Uninstall any programs you are no longer using or have never used. Run the disk cleanup utility for the drive and get rid of all temp and temporary internet files and the like. If using another browser, clear all those associated caches as well and shrink them down so they can't get so big in the first place.

Then, run defrag one more time, restart and see if that helps a lot or a little.

If you've been using the drive with the current installation of XP for a long time, sometimes the only good solution is to reinstall the OS fresh.
Dec 28, 2004
Please provide:
version of Windows & service pack;
RIGHT click "my computer" / "computer";
left click "properties"

If OEM, which brand & model? If not OEM:
motherboard brand & model
ram: speed, MB / GB, type, brand
drives: IDE / SATA / SATA 2; brand / model / capacity; type [ FDD, HDD, optical ];

To paraphrase another TGF member: We are brilliant but not clairvoyant.

When you notice the HDD being accessed, right click a blank spot on the task bar.
Left click "task manager"
Go to "processes" tab
left click "CPU" header until the 90 in CPU is above 0
Note, in rght column, the process that is utilizing the HDD.

When did the problem begin? After installing / removing hardware / software; updates to Windows, antivirus, antispyware, etc?

Which antivirus & antispyware programs are you running? Have you had any other unusual computer activity?

backup your data
open "my computer"
right click your "C:" drive
left click "properties"
"hardware" tab
error checking area
click "check now" button
put checks in each box
you will be advised that error checking needs exclusive access to your HDD and will ask if you want to schedule check at next reboot.
Close all

after error checking
start > run
type: eventvwr.exe

maximize screen
In applications [ could be "system" ] look for winlogon event
open, on right side by "right clicking"; left click "properties"
On right, left click button with 2 pieces of paper, which will copy event information to your PC's clip board

return to this thread.
paste information into composition area.

Best of success.



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May 12, 2002

Please answer these questions:

What's the brand name, model name, and model number of your computer?

Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties. What's listed for the type and speed of the processor, and what's listed for the amount of RAM?

Double-click MY COMPUTER, right-click the C icon, then click Properties. What's listed for the hard drive size and the amount of free space?

Click Start - Run, type in MSCONFIG and then click OK - "Startup" tab. How many entries have a checkmark?
Click Cancel to close the window so you're not prompted to restart.

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