Suspicious HDD activity?

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abelegu2

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First I wanna say hi to you guys! I'm new here. :)

These are my specs:

Intel i5-3210 2.5GHz
6GB DDR3
ATI-Radeon 7670 - 1GB/Intel HD4000 1GB
500GB HDD (don't know more about it than this..)
Got Windows 7 64bit installed.

I'm suspicious there's something wrong with my laptop. I only got it two days ago and I've installed Windows 7 (brother won't help me with it so I have to do it myself every time :mad: ), but even *now* as I've been installing the drivers the HDD activity is really peculiar. Not only is the computer sluggish when something is running - even something really minor and unimportant - the HDD activity in the Task Manager>Resource Monitor pitches all the time then goes down again and then up again. It ranges from 1KB/s to 20MB/s..
I also hear it crackling which isn't the way it's supposed to be, right? You're not supposed to "hear" your HDD crackle when it's working, or am I wrong and is that completely normal?

Worry no. 2 is that my memory usage keeps going higher and higher. Especially when Windows Update is installing something it can go up to 80%, in slow steps.

Can someone give me some peace of mind and let me know if the computer's fine or should I run more tests?

Thanks in advance!
 
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