I have been searching for hours now for a solution, but I can't seen to find any, my hard drive light is constantly blinking even when no program is running, i tried googling it and check the windows task manager, but with no solution. So do you guys know of any sofware that allows me to check the programs using the hard drive?
btw in windows task manager, svchost is using the most memory (144,476K) , I checked the services, but all the programs are legit. The second one is explorer.exe, which uses 72,000K, is this normal? and how do I check what explorer.exe uses?
Yup, I got windows 7, so I checked the resource monitor on the Disk tab, in the Process with Disk Activity tab, its showing svchost.exe (secsvcs), system and svchost.exe (LocalServiceNetowrkRestricted) most of the time. Nothing suspicious, could it be one of the services in them?
And I also downloaded Diskmon, it definetly showing activity every second or so, but its not showing from what, on the website, the screenshot of the program shows a device tab, but I don't have it on the one I downloaded, any ideas how to get it working?
My apologies! I should have pointed you to ProcessMonitor, not DiskMon (although both are useful tools). This will let you see what processes are reading and writing which files. I think this is your best bet at discovering what is happening.
This tool produces a huge amount of information, not only file access but also Registry and Network, so you may want to look at the filtering options to concentrate on what you are interested in. You'll probably need to play with it for a bit to get the information you need.
There are a few things that Windows 7 does now that never used to be done (pre-Vista) while the PC is idle.
It was a significant issue with Vista as there would actually be quite a bit of noise, disk thrashing occuring. The disk thrashing issue is somewhat resolved with 7 but the processess that caused it remain.
I believe the processes are:
the top two being the biggest reason for disk activity while the pc is idle.
I wrote this from the perspective of responding to a new Win 7 user, apologies if you are familiar with the operating system and this is something new.
Ok, I did all the things btk1w1 said, but the problem still persists, but heres a good limitation, it happens in safe mode as well, so I guess whats causing it is something from windows or a driver, right?
btw, is it possible to open procmon in safe mode? It gave me an error when I opened it.