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    AnnoyedQuadCore is offline Junior Member
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    Default Disk Thrashing Issue.

    Hello,

    I figured before I went out and spent any more money on this computer I would ask and see what people had to say on an issue I am having with my hard disk drives.

    I have 4 Internal SATA II Disk Drives 3 are WD 750gb and 1 is 1TB (recently bought brand new)

    I replaced a small 250gb SATA disk drive due to thrashing which killed it because I was unable to ghost it and restore data onto another pc. I even switched OS's back to XP because I thought that Vista had something to due with it.

    I've searched turned off file indexing, compressing to save free space. even moved my swap file to another drive. But this noise can get on your nerves really quick, I was wondering if replacing all 4 SATA cables would fix the thrashing issue or could it possibly be a motherboard issue?

    I've tried everything but a big hammer

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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    How loud could it possibly be???

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    Goto task manager, click on view => select Columns then check I/O reads and I/O writes.

    From there you can see which process is making your hard disk "thrash".
    Dont worry about the noise...its probably normal fora hard disk to do so when a program is using it.
    Btw do you have >= 2GB RAM??? if not that could be a problem in vista unless its a new installation.
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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    Its not loud its just constant, and i'm not joking it can go for 15-30 minutes sometimes even over an hour. I have 2GB DDR800 ram and I went back to XP from Vista because I thought that was an issue.

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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    ahh i c, 2GB is fine, depends on really what programs your running atm...

    Disk thrashing can only mean the HDD is being accessed constantly by a program, do the task manager thingy above and see which program has an abnormally high IO read/Write.

    [Its most likely going to be an IO read].

    Could it possibly be anti virus running in the background?
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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    I did what you said and it shows that 3 programs are doing 1.2 million reads and anywhere from 2k-50k writes. I do play an online MMORPG and run virus scanner plus another few programs guess the drive can't handle it.

    Like I said it isn't loud, its just almost constant at times.

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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    AVG4Free didn't figure that to go anywhere near that high, I know my game would do that, but yeesh. I was about ready to order a new motherboard, processor and ram.

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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    When it runs, does your computer lag from insufficient HDD input?? like it stutters in a game.

    Im assuming its just an antivirus...my AV has around 1 million reads aswell.
    Plus, does your case's HDD LED flash constantly?
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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    No the LED doesn't blink during it and I experience no lag while playing my game everything runs fast, but i'm sure its probably the game its up to 1.7mil reads Final Fantasy Online. But i was using my boot drive for the game, few other programs that make large data files like newsleecher, which i can just move to another drive.

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    Default Re: Disk Thrashing Issue.

    If so, then i think theres nothing to worry about...depending on how old your HDD's are, it might of failed due to wear and tear?
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