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    visualising activity on different drives

    The processing of videos on my computer should all be located on the SSD C drive (no source files are located on other drives). However, when I start the process, I hear a sound that suggests the HD E drive is also being involved in the processing and I'm not sure why. Is there some way to see - during the processing - what activity the E drive is actually carrying out and whether it is slowing down the process?
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    Have a look at HTG: Lesson 4: Understanding Process Monitor.

    Download and run Sysinternals' Process Monitor.

    procmon.jpg
    Click to enlarge

    Do the following:
    1. Stop the capture (see 1 in screenshot).
    2. Clear the results (see 2 in screenshot).
    3. Click on activity icons until only Show File System Activity is active (see 3 in screenshot). (Optional, 'cos we're going to filter results even further...)
    4. Add a filter by pressing CTRL+L (or choose Filter... from the Filter menu) then amend it so it shows Path begins with E: then Include. Next click on the Add button, then on the Apply button then on the OK button to dismiss the dialog (see 4 in the screenshot).
    5. Click on the Capture button again (see 1 in the screenshot) or press CTRL+E.
    6. Start the video processing you want to monitor then swap back to Process Monitor to see if the filter shows file system activity on E:.

    Once you get the hang of it you can add as many filters as you want... it cuts down on the HUGE amount of activity that Process Monitor logs by default.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2014-05-11 at 05:31.

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    Thanks Rick
    The results were very interesting. It looks as if the video-making software is looking at the source files on the E drive despite the fact that I copied them to the C drive and re-established the mvp file (the file that tells the computer where to find the source files) such that it should use the files on the C drive. I shall have to experiment further...
    Back later :-)
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    All sorted now. Many thanks. Very useful programme that :-)
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    Glad to help. Thanks for reporting back.

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