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I don't know why but Vista is always reading of writing on the HDD even when I have been AFK for 1-2 hours. This doesn't happen on XP, it's just Vista. The HDD LED constantly blinks and I can hear my HDD reading or writing. Is anyone else having this problem? And how can I fix it?
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I've noticed this with my system also - and i just format loaded it......
I have found no solution yet [but havent been looking as it hasn't worried me]
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lol same thing happened with my laptop that had vista on it,
it never seems to stop.
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Its most likely a combination of Vista Superfetch and Indexing.

This basically indexes files on your HDD and also pre-loads commonly used applications into memory in order to launch faster.

You can turn it off by disabling the Superfetch and the Indexing services via the Control Panel.

Nothing is wrong with your machines, its just the way Vista works.
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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
Its most likely a combination of Vista Superfetch and Indexing.

This basically indexes files on your HDD and also pre-loads commonly used applications into memory in order to launch faster.

You can turn it off by disabling the Superfetch and the Indexing services via the Control Panel.

Nothing is wrong with your machines, its just the way Vista works.
QFT.

Stopping vista from doing this takes away its huge advantage over previous OS.

The more you use your pc, the less this happens. and the faster Vista becomes.
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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
Its most likely a combination of Vista Superfetch and Indexing.

This basically indexes files on your HDD and also pre-loads commonly used applications into memory in order to launch faster.

You can turn it off by disabling the Superfetch and the Indexing services via the Control Panel.

Nothing is wrong with your machines, its just the way Vista works.
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It's superfetch and Indexing. I disbaled both of those and hard disk activity has stopped. Interestingly i also disabled Terminal Services etc and Utorrent now gets a port forwarded accordingly in Vista X64.
 
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how can i disable superfetch? i can only find the indexing options in control panel
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how can i disable superfetch? i can only find the indexing options in control panel
It should be under the Administrative Tools > Services. Forgotten what its called, but its definitely got the words "super" and "fetch" in it somewhere.

Turn it off and watch Vista slow down
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Disabling SuperFetch isn't recommended, at least not by me. It's a light feature which allows Vista to learn (like AI) to get used to your average actions on the computer. Then it will optimize certain actions you do mostly so that it's faster than ever.

For example: If you use WMP a lot but never WMC, SuperFetch will make WMP run faster and WMC run slower.

The indexing service, on the other hand, is a horrible feature. (Again, at least for me) It's used to "pre-search" all files in the indexing options so that when you search for them the search is "faster." Technically its not faster as it has already been searched before. It's like cache basically. Personally I think it's one of the reason's why Vista is considered a "resource hog." The indexing service causes a lot of the CPU's load and disabling it can result to a significant increase in performance.
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