Why does my hard drive rev up periodically?



InTheZoneAC
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if this
action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a Sony
Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.

Sharon F
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
On Thu, 30 Jun 2005 17:36:03 -0700, InTheZoneAC wrote:

> Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
> and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
> antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if this
> action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a Sony
> Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
> both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.

Random times, once in a while? Yes, it's normal. As your programs perform
different tasks, they may need to access files that support those
functions. Even if apparently at rest, different housekeeping tasks take
place in the background: virtual memory management, indexing; scanning for
viruses to name a few.

It's also possible that the sound is not hard drives but fans turning on
and off as needed to guard against overheating.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
Usually XP will re-do the indexing on the drive.



"InTheZoneAC" <InTheZoneAC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:36F18FEA-0664-4FAD-94E3-9EF2C8AADFDC@microsoft.com...
> Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
> and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
> antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if
> this
> action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a
> Sony
> Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
> both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
Hard drives run at a "constant" speed (5400 RPM, 7200 RPM etc). You should
NEVER hear them change speed. Now, if you have the drive set to sleep after
a few minutes (laptops do this), the drive will wake up and spin at normal
speed when required by the operating system.

Are you sure you are not hearing a CD drive or a DVD drive because you left
a disk in one of them!

If it truly is a hard drive that is changing speed (and not just waking up),
you have very serious problems with it!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

If you knew as much as you thought you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"InTheZoneAC" <InTheZoneAC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:36F18FEA-0664-4FAD-94E3-9EF2C8AADFDC@microsoft.com...
> Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
> and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
> antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if
> this
> action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a
> Sony
> Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
> both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.
>

InTheZoneAC
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
it could be the fan. it's not my cd/dvd drive, there's hardly ever any discs
inside. Thanks for all the replies

"Richard Urban" wrote:

> Hard drives run at a "constant" speed (5400 RPM, 7200 RPM etc). You should
> NEVER hear them change speed. Now, if you have the drive set to sleep after
> a few minutes (laptops do this), the drive will wake up and spin at normal
> speed when required by the operating system.
>
> Are you sure you are not hearing a CD drive or a DVD drive because you left
> a disk in one of them!
>
> If it truly is a hard drive that is changing speed (and not just waking up),
> you have very serious problems with it!
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> If you knew as much as you thought you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "InTheZoneAC" <InTheZoneAC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:36F18FEA-0664-4FAD-94E3-9EF2C8AADFDC@microsoft.com...
> > Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
> > and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
> > antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if
> > this
> > action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a
> > Sony
> > Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
> > both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.
> >
>
>
>

Plato
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
=?Utf-8?B?SW5UaGVab25lQUM=?= wrote:
>
> Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random times
> and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo

Rev up? Meaning you have it set to go to sleep at 5 minutes and a truck
passes by and the mouse moves a bit and it wakes up?



> antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if this
> action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a Sony
> Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
> both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.

--
http://www.bootdisk.com/

Mer
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
!


"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:uObhajefFHA.268@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Hard drives run at a "constant" speed (5400 RPM, 7200 RPM etc). You should
> NEVER hear them change speed. Now, if you have the drive set to sleep
> after a few minutes (laptops do this), the drive will wake up and spin at
> normal speed when required by the operating system.
>
> Are you sure you are not hearing a CD drive or a DVD drive because you
> left a disk in one of them!
>
> If it truly is a hard drive that is changing speed (and not just waking
> up), you have very serious problems with it!
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> If you knew as much as you thought you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "InTheZoneAC" <InTheZoneAC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:36F18FEA-0664-4FAD-94E3-9EF2C8AADFDC@microsoft.com...
>> Whenever I'm on this pc you can hear the hard drive rev up at random
>> times
>> and Im not sure if this is normal. I have run adaware se, spybot, yahoo
>> antispy, avast antivirus and everything is clean. I just want to know if
>> this
>> action is normal and/or is there a way I can make it stop? This pc is a
>> Sony
>> Vaio PCV-W30 running Windows XP SP 2. I also have a ton of extra space on
>> both internal hd's, not sure if that's relevant or not.
>>
>
>


Why does my hard drive rev up periodically?