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    I have Windows 7 x64 and something is continuously accessing my hard drive. How do I ind out what it is so that I can shut it down. I am concerned that it will shorten the live of my HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Brown View Post
    I have Windows 7 x64 and something is continuously accessing my hard drive. How do I ind out what it is so that I can shut it down. I am concerned that it will shorten the live of my HD.

    Doug Hi and welcome

    There are many ways. You can use performance monitor to viess the processes and examine which it the oofensive ones. You could also downloa a free app called Process explorer ( my favorite) to examine the same things.

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    Indexing can be the cause of this. It can go on for a couple of weeks after you install Windows until it indexes all your huge hard drives. After that it should not be as active. You can turn off indexing or select drives that should not be indexed in Drive Properties. Good for external backup drives, thumb drives etc. It could also be caused by utilities that you have added.

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    Indexing is one of the biggest reasons behind hard drive thrashing, also don't forget that system restore is just as bad.
    There are also many networking functions in Windows 7 that you may have little use for, that continue to "ping away",
    trying desperately to find other computers or peripherals.

    Taming some of those services may help.
    Your own post os installed software interactions will also factor into this as well to a great extent. There is alot of
    tweaking to be had on the installation and use of whatever software is installed on your system; Not everything you
    instal on your computer needs to have every little function running full throttle at system startup.
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