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« on: January 12, 2005, 07:23:21 AM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: win98se
Problem Application Name & Version: unknown
Problem Hardware Make & Model:
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A program I have installed is writing to the disk every 30 seconds or so. While this itself is no problem unless I am defraging the computer.

The problem is I do not know which one it is.

Is there an application or program I can download that will tell me what application is writing/reading the disk. So that I can solve this problem.

Thanx in advance
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2005, 10:46:16 PM »

Cntrl+ALT+Del will bring up the Task Manager. If the program is there, highlight it and click End Task. Shut down any other progs you recognise as well, but if you don't know what it is , leave it alone, some are required to run Windows. I have the same prob (with WinME). You'll probably find Scandisk misbehaves in a similar way, for the same reason.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2005, 09:21:38 AM »

Tried all that. The only time drive access is not there is when I boot in safe mode
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2005, 02:20:34 PM »

Hi ww

I did a net search for 'defrag only works in safe mode' and lotsa stuff came up. The general advice is to close everything in Task Manager except Explorer and Systray, which automatically closes everything in the systray at bottom right of screen.  This program claims to do this for you:

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6121-0.html?forumID=45&threadID=51652&messageID=616457

Just shutting down a firewall or antivirus prog while running defrag could do the trick (especially if it
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2005, 07:48:25 PM »

Thanks for the advice guys. But you are missing the point. I am trying to find out which application is accessing the drive all the time so I can stop it from doing so. I have deleted all items from close programs and the drive is still be accessed. I have used adaware and spybot. I just don't want the drive spinning while the computer is sitting idle. The only time the drive is not being accessed is when I boot in safemode. Therefore an application or something is running which is not showing up in close programs.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2005, 09:01:44 PM »

Just working on the theory that it's best to eliminate from suspicion all the programs that you DO know about, before looking for one that's hiding. I can assume that you've already checked in Control Panel\Add+Remove Programs? Or if you download and run HiJackThis and look thru the logfile, it may show up there. As far as I know, the only way to find the culprit is to look for it in the right place, wherever that might be, I doubt if there is a program that will do it for you, but I'll post back if I come up with anything.

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