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SMStallings Constant HDD access
Member 30th Jan, 2011 06:44
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I've cleaned up an old laptop with Windows XP SP3 and installed PSI. Now disc access occurs repeatedly about every second. I have twice left the computer running overnight and the disc access still continued. As soon as I end the PSI task, the access stops. Does anybody have an explanation or solution for this problem? Thanks.

mogs RE: Constant HDD access
Expert Contributor 30th Jan, 2011 07:41
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Hello.
Havn't seen the problem reported before in the nearly 2yrs on the forum. Found the following link which may be of some help :-
http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-xp/win-xp...
Have you tried running CHKDSK recently...to verify indexes....ensure consistancy of the disc etcetera ? Some people recommend turning off Indexing, tho' personally, I think that's a bit of no no.
Hope the foregoing is of some use/info..........regards,

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SMStallings RE: Constant HDD access
Member 30th Jan, 2011 07:49
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Thanks for the quick response. I had already turned off indexing and disabled scheduled tasks. I'm running chkdsk now and will post the results. When I stopped the PSI task and the thrashing stopped, that surprised and stomped me.
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SMStallings RE: Constant HDD access
Member 30th Jan, 2011 08:57
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ChkDsk did not find any problems. The disc access starts before login. Task Manager does not show any other unusual activity, only System Idle Process and Task Manager show ongoing activity. And, once again, the disc activity stopped as soon as I ended the PSI task. My suspicion is that PSI is looking for an Windows OS component that is missing. I'm finished for tonight. Tomorrow I think I'll do some process and file probing with SysInternals' Process Monitor.
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Member 31st Jan, 2011 14:54
Hi,

Try reinstalling the PSI:
ftp://ftp.secunia.com/PSISetup.exe

Has this reduced disk usage?
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SMStallings RE: Constant HDD access
Member 1st Feb, 2011 01:56
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Last edited on 1st Feb, 2011 01:57
Before receiving the preceding suggestion, I ran Microsoft's System File Checker (SFC) and it restored some files. However, that didn't fix the problem. I reinstalled PSI and the problem was then resolved. I don't know if reinstalling PSI alone fixed the problem or if it was the combination of the SFC and re-installation. Thanks for the assistance.
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