Who's grinding my HD?! (Virtual memory?)



Binba
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
My computer is incerdibly slow, and the culprit seems to be excessive
HD use. Every action leads to seconds or MINUTES of drive-grinding that
keeps the system floundering and faltering.

Case study: Rebooted a few minutes ago, ran IE with 2 simple windows
and an email client (Thunderbird, not Outlook). Ad-watch and antivirus
present. Actual pagefile usage: between 22 and 95 MB, while there also
dozens MB's of free RAM. When I closed one of the IE windows, the HD
embarked on continous activity escapade that of course almost froze the
computer, for - after 90 seconds I stopped counting.

Besides, every explorer drag&drop, every Start menu browsing takes a
little too long for what I know I should expect from my configuration.

So how can I know who (or what) the hell is grinding my HD?

P4 2GHz with WinXP SP2 fresh-installed a few months ago, 256MB RAM,
normal basic home use (by my mom & dad..)

Thanks.

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
Possible!

However you would still need to check the fololowing:

1) Try removing spywares/hackwares/malwares with

Ad Aware SE 1.06
Spybot: Search and Destroy 1.4
CWShredder

Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta

2) Check with an anti-virus program, with up to date definitions

3) Check and turn off system indexing service.


"Binba" <drorworld@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1119971052.748279.277630@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> My computer is incerdibly slow, and the culprit seems to be excessive
> HD use. Every action leads to seconds or MINUTES of drive-grinding that
> keeps the system floundering and faltering.
>
> Case study: Rebooted a few minutes ago, ran IE with 2 simple windows
> and an email client (Thunderbird, not Outlook). Ad-watch and antivirus
> present. Actual pagefile usage: between 22 and 95 MB, while there also
> dozens MB's of free RAM. When I closed one of the IE windows, the HD
> embarked on continous activity escapade that of course almost froze the
> computer, for - after 90 seconds I stopped counting.
>
> Besides, every explorer drag&drop, every Start menu browsing takes a
> little too long for what I know I should expect from my configuration.
>
> So how can I know who (or what) the hell is grinding my HD?
>
> P4 2GHz with WinXP SP2 fresh-installed a few months ago, 256MB RAM,
> normal basic home use (by my mom & dad..)
>
> Thanks.
>

Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
"Binba" <drorworld@yahoo.com> wrote:

>My computer is incerdibly slow, and the culprit seems to be excessive
>HD use. Every action leads to seconds or MINUTES of drive-grinding that
>keeps the system floundering and faltering.
>
>Case study: Rebooted a few minutes ago, ran IE with 2 simple windows
>and an email client (Thunderbird, not Outlook). Ad-watch and antivirus
>present. Actual pagefile usage: between 22 and 95 MB, while there also
>dozens MB's of free RAM. When I closed one of the IE windows, the HD
>embarked on continous activity escapade that of course almost froze the
>computer, for - after 90 seconds I stopped counting.
>
>Besides, every explorer drag&drop, every Start menu browsing takes a
>little too long for what I know I should expect from my configuration.
>
>So how can I know who (or what) the hell is grinding my HD?
>
>P4 2GHz with WinXP SP2 fresh-installed a few months ago, 256MB RAM,
>normal basic home use (by my mom & dad..)
>
>Thanks.

256 mb RAM is pretty marginal for Windows XP if you want to avoid
actual pagefile usage. You should consider upgrading to at least 512
mb and see if that helps with your concerns.

But first do the double and triple checks for viruses and spyware as
suggested by Yves Leclerc

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm

RobertVA
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
Binba wrote:

> My computer is incerdibly slow, and the culprit seems to be excessive
> HD use. Every action leads to seconds or MINUTES of drive-grinding that
> keeps the system floundering and faltering.
>
> Case study: Rebooted a few minutes ago, ran IE with 2 simple windows
> and an email client (Thunderbird, not Outlook). Ad-watch and antivirus
> present. Actual pagefile usage: between 22 and 95 MB, while there also
> dozens MB's of free RAM. When I closed one of the IE windows, the HD
> embarked on continous activity escapade that of course almost froze the
> computer, for - after 90 seconds I stopped counting.
>
> Besides, every explorer drag&drop, every Start menu browsing takes a
> little too long for what I know I should expect from my configuration.
>
> So how can I know who (or what) the hell is grinding my HD?
>
> P4 2GHz with WinXP SP2 fresh-installed a few months ago, 256MB RAM,
> normal basic home use (by my mom & dad..)
>
> Thanks.
>

In addition to the other replies:

The hard drive might be in the early stages of failing. SOME motherbaord
BIOS will run a test at power on that will display an error message
before the operating system starts to load. Check the hard drive
manufacturer's web site to see if they have a non destructive test
utility. A deteriorating hard drive may also show errors during the scan
utility that comes with Windows or be extemely slow loading Windows.

A deteriorating hard drive may need multiple tries to succesfully read
data or application code from the disk. The operating system will try to
read the disk sector multiple times before giving up and generating an
error message. If this repetitive process occurs in very many hard disk
sectors, hard drive performance will be severely affected.

Galen
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
In news:1119971052.748279.277630@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com,
Binba <drorworld@yahoo.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> My computer is incerdibly slow, and the culprit seems to be excessive
> HD use. Every action leads to seconds or MINUTES of drive-grinding
> that keeps the system floundering and faltering.
>
> Case study: Rebooted a few minutes ago, ran IE with 2 simple windows
> and an email client (Thunderbird, not Outlook). Ad-watch and antivirus
> present. Actual pagefile usage: between 22 and 95 MB, while there also
> dozens MB's of free RAM. When I closed one of the IE windows, the HD
> embarked on continous activity escapade that of course almost froze
> the computer, for - after 90 seconds I stopped counting.
>
> Besides, every explorer drag&drop, every Start menu browsing takes a
> little too long for what I know I should expect from my configuration.
>
> So how can I know who (or what) the hell is grinding my HD?
>
> P4 2GHz with WinXP SP2 fresh-installed a few months ago, 256MB RAM,
> normal basic home use (by my mom & dad..)
>
> Thanks.

Hmm... When was the last time the junk files were cleaned? How about also
forcing a chkdsk and doing a defrag when done with those three actions. Do
those help? Before you do so read some of the other posts, one of the
mentioned possible drive failure. If the BIOS and drives support SMART (and
they likely do) you can find various hardware monitoring applications
(freeware) at snapfiles.com if you'd like and check the drive's health
situation. If it seems at all likely that there's a problem with the drive
then stop using it immediately and replace it with a new one. It's then a
simple process to clone the old drive to the new one and saves you
potentially thousands of dollars to get someone to remove the platters from
your old drive, place them in a new temp case, and to recover your data for
you should the drive stop spinning up.

Galen
--

"But there are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world
without them."

Sherlock Holmes


Who's grinding my HD?! (Virtual memory?)