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So I have a second HDD that I use for storage and such( sig rig). There are not any programs installed on it other than games but for some reason it is always thrashing. Its a WD 1 TB Black but I am getting reads of 2MB/s because something is constantly accessing it. I can hear it going crazy and I don't know whats causing it. This is especially painful during initial log on of windows. Eventually it will stop thrashing but it takes several minutes.

It does not have a paging file on it, disabling antivirus does not help. SMART shows the HDD as being perfectly fine. How can I tell whats causing it to thrash? Like I said, I can hear it being accessed and once it finaly stops the speeds are fine.
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That's because the disk is in idle.
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That's because the disk is in idle.
What? I dont know what you mean. Power settings are set to HIgh Performance, and the HDD is set to never sleep. What do you mean idle?
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What? I dont know what you mean. Power settings are set to HIgh Performance, and the HDD is set to never sleep. What do you mean idle?
Idle = not being used. Your regular hard drive is fast because its always being accessed, and therefore always spins.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Poppinj View Post
What? I dont know what you mean. Power settings are set to HIgh Performance, and the HDD is set to never sleep. What do you mean idle?
is it external?

EDIT: Nevermind
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Go to Resource Monitor, expand Disk tab, sort by Read/Write and find out whats going on.

Start > 'resmon' [Enter]
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post #7 of 12
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Idle = not being used. Your regular hard drive is fast because its always being accessed, and therefore always spins.
The HDD is not spinning down. There is no delay like there would be if the disk was idle. I can hear it being accessed and can tell somethings wrong because while I try to launch a game while its thrashing the speeds are awful. If I run HD tune and benchmark it while I hear it thrashing I get 2 MB/s read.
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post #8 of 12
I think it's the ASUS Boards, maybe the Sata Controller is degrading, I have an i5-750 & an Asus board, and it has DATA Transfer Issues for NO reason what so ever! Fresh install = Same Results, meh!
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This is after startup and a little after it was done thrashing. Disk 2 (F) is the problem disk. CMDagent.exe is Comodo firewall??? Why is my firewall going through all my storage files?
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post #10 of 12
Yes Comodo can make a mess. Uninstall it and your disk will relax. A fresh Comodo install instead of an upgrade might help. There are some active protection settings in there you can try to disable.

Anyway resmon will show you whats happening on your disk.
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