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Solved: windows 8.1 - hard drive copnstantly running

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by WJL24, Apr 27, 2015.

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  1. WJL24

    WJL24 Thread Starter

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    My hard drive is running constantly.
    I tried to do a search but didn't find any with windows 8 so didn't know if solutions would be the same.
    When I run task manager it does not show high cpu usage.
     
  2. joe957

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    Hard drives do run consistently. Nothing to worry over. Unless you have other problems.
     
  3. WJL24

    WJL24 Thread Starter

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    My light is on and the computer is very slow. Never heard the hard drive churn constantly like this in the past.
     
  4. Turn2

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    Doesn't sound normal. Issue is most likely due to not having enough memory on the computer to support what you are trying to run. How long have you been having this issue?
     
  5. WJL24

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    It's been going on for about a month. When I go to task manager the CPU is typically 1% to 12%, memory 10% to 21% and disk 4% to 50%.
    It's a Dell Inspiration. Intel Core i5, 2.90 GHz, 8 GB ram.
    I'm not running anything that would take up massive amounts of ram that I'm aware of. Same programs that I've always had.
     
  6. crjdriver

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    Test the hard disk with the drive mfg's diagnostic. Either open it up and find out who mfg the drive or look in device mgr. Once you know who mfg the drive, go to that site and download the diagnostic; run both the short and long tests.

    As with anything, make sure you have a current backup of important data before doing this task.
     
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    Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
    Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also, set windows update checks to manual.
    Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
     
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    Please explain why you're suggesting to disable BITS. By doing so the machine will not be able to receive any updates.

    Also, I'm not sure what Chrome has to do with anything in this thread as it's never been mentioned. Are you suggesting Chrome (if it's installed) may be using the resources and to uninstall it as a test? If so, that should be specified in your instructions.
     
  9. WJL24

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    I ran the Seagate Sea Tools diagnostics and it found 15 bad sectors and repaired them. Seems to be working better now.
    Hard drive still seems to be running excessively but speeds are back to normal. It was getting to the point that it was unusable do to delays freeze ups.
     
  10. Macboatmaster

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    It has NOT repaired them
    They cannot be repaired
    It has moved data from the bad block and rewritten it to a good block - sector


    As soon as another sector goes bad the problems will return.
    If it really goes you will not even access it.


    Replace the drive
     
  11. crjdriver

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    I agree. Replace the drive.

    All drives have bad sectors; that is why drives are over provisioned. The drive controller marks the bad sectors, moves data and no longer will access the failed sectors.

    FWIW I have had drives from ALL mfg fail [WD, Seagate/Maxtor and even some no longer in business] however I have NEVER had a WD black or raptor drive fail. The black series is better built, dual motor supports, and dual processors.

    I would replace the drive with either a raptor OR a black series drive.

    Note the raptor drives are a little loud [10,000rpm drives] so if you like a quiet system, go with the black drive.
     
  12. Macboatmaster

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    Yes I agree and indeed you may just have drawn the short straw, if the drive is not that old
    There is without doubt, the odd drive that fails earlier than reasonably expected.


    A common cause of failure, especially in a laptop, whilst the drive is running, is the jolt or knock of the laptop
     
  13. WJL24

    WJL24 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all of the replies. I replaced the hard drive and all is well.
     
  14. Macboatmaster

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    Cheers
    Thanks for posting the result
     
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