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Old 08-07-03, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Anyone NOT have constant disk access in WinXP?

Go to the Processes tab in Task Manager and enable all the I/O columns through View --> Select Columns (I/O reads, I/O read bytes, etc.). Then look at those columns to see if any processes are being constantly incremented.

I have WinXP on a desktop and laptop, and both of them have constant disk access for "lsass.exe" and "svchost.exe". The disk I/O never stops, even after disabling every service possible (including fast indexing, etc.). This happens even on a fresh install after a reformat with no other programs or drivers loaded.

The constant reads/writes can't be good for the drive! I just want to know if this is "normal".

If you don't have this problem, please list your system specs. Thanks.
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Old 08-08-03, 05:34 AM   #2
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Same as you, I/O access appears to be normal.
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Old 08-08-03, 10:20 AM   #3
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Constant disk access is unacceptable to me.

I finally found the answer through a process of elimination. The constant I/O from lsass.exe is only a symptom, not the cause. The service responsible is "Terminal Services" (used for remote login). Once I disabled Terminal Services, the continual activity from lsass stopped.

My hard drive light still faintly blinks once per second though, even when there's no disk activity (which I verified with Diskmon). I disabled autoplay for all drives through gpedit.msc, to no avail. I'm still searching for an answer.
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Old 08-11-03, 05:22 AM   #4
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Will be interesting to know what you discover. At least HDD access these days can occur asnychronously, with good DMA action, but it does seem like a waste of system resources. After windows has sat idle for a little while, it should be doing almost nothing.
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Default Re: Anyone NOT have constant disk access in WinXP?

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Go to the Processes tab in Task Manager and enable all the I/O columns through View --> Select Columns (I/O reads, I/O read bytes, etc.). Then look at those columns to see if any processes are being constantly incremented.

I have WinXP on a desktop and laptop, and both of them have constant disk access for "lsass.exe" and "svchost.exe". The disk I/O never stops, even after disabling every service possible (including fast indexing, etc.). This happens even on a fresh install after a reformat with no other programs or drivers loaded.

The constant reads/writes can't be good for the drive! I just want to know if this is "normal".

If you don't have this problem, please list your system specs. Thanks.
Did you ever find a solution to the svchost.exe disc access problem? I and another chap in the microsoft.public.windowsxp.general newsgroup are having similar difficulties

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Old 07-12-05, 05:41 PM   #6
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My hard drive light rarely blinks when I'm not actually doing something. I haven't disabled any services either besides system restore. I am using the nForce IDE driver/controller.
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My hard drive light rarely blinks when I'm not actually doing something. I haven't disabled any services either besides system restore. I am using the nForce IDE driver/controller.

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extreme_dB's original post is two years old & I can't email him so I've left a private message. His last post was in May (if I remember correctly) so I hope he'll turn up sooner or later!

nb my hard drive light rarely blinks too but enabling I/O Read Bytes & I/O Write Bytes in Windows Task Manager showed up the disc activity.

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I've just installed XP slipstreamed with SP2 onto a new hard drive
(but I'm back on the old OS & HDD now) and as soon as I installed the
modem drivers the svchost disc activity started. I uninstalled the
drivers & the problem went away.

I ain't gotta clue why this is so & it'll be a few days before I can
spend some time on it. In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas I'ld
be glad to hear them!

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I use to get this a long time ago but haven't with my last few systems.
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I've just installed XP slipstreamed with SP2 onto a new hard drive
(but I'm back on the old OS & HDD now) and as soon as I installed the
modem drivers the svchost disc activity started. I uninstalled the
drivers & the problem went away.

I ain't gotta clue why this is so & it'll be a few days before I can
spend some time on it. In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas I'ld
be glad to hear them!

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Good work figuring out the problem! Regarding your previous post don't feel too bad I was actually born in the UK. My system specs are even pretty weak though compared to a lot of people on this site.
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Good work figuring out the problem! Regarding your previous post don't feel too bad I was actually born in the UK. My system specs are even pretty weak though compared to a lot of people on this site.
Now that I've been able to link the problem with modem drivers it appears that the I/O Read & Write Bytes activity may not be connected to disc activity at all (which would account for a lot of the associated 'oddities') but it may be a couple of days before I can chase it up.

Congratulations on escaping the UK & if your system specs are relatively weak I can only imagine some people are using Crays under a different label (I don't even know what some of your stuff is for).

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Turn off indexing in your hard drive properties. It index's the drive while you are not using it. I always turn it off.
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