Windows 7 constantly accessing hard drive

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Tool which finds which process is causing the heavy hard drive activity?

Did you notice that on Windows 7 (I use 64-bit) the hard drive LED is constantly blinking, which means that the OS is constantly wearing the hard drive by accessing it? It's something related to the system process, and it even occurs in safe mode, so I don't think it's a third party software problem.

Has anyone experienced this problem as well, and is it a Windows problem, or caused by something else?


My indexing service is reduced to indexing only the Start Menu. Even if it was set for the whole computer, it would eventually stop; that's not it. My friends also suffer from the same problem.

Please answer my first question: have any of you have seen a Windows 7 machine whose hard drive LED is at rest?

I'm also trying to track down the offending process using procmon and Resource Monitor, and it actually seems like a system process. It could also be svchost.exe, and I'm not sure which file they are accessing since I see a lot of activity which I can't make sense of. It's loading system DLLs, accessing registry keys, and other nonsense.

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There's a fairly good chance the Indexing service is the culprit. Hit Windows+R and run services.msc. Find Windows Indexing Service at the bottom of the list and disable it.

Though it may run when the computer is idle, constant indexing can decrease the shelf life of a hard drive through normal wear & tear. The Indexing service is mainly used by Windows Search, and if you're not using that, then this service does not need to be running.

EDIT:OP This action is solve my problems with hard drive....kind regards...

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