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Old 12-16-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Disk thrashing on Mondays

I've found it nearly impossible to get any work done on my office computer today (Monday). This happens from time to time, almost always on Mondays, specifically Mondays after a weekend when I haven't used this computer at all. I often work on Sundays, but didn't yesterday.

All I can tell is that there is constant disk activity, almost all day long, that makes it difficult to open or save files, start or end programs, and so forth. It feels like either the system is indexing everything, but indexing is turned off, or something, such as Microsoft, is forcing an update. However, most programs are set not to auto-update, and when Microsoft forces an update of Windows despite the no-update setting, it's almost always on a Wednesday.

The computer was on all weekend and does not hibernate.

Any idea what is going on? Virus and malware scans have never found anything that accounts for it. Disabling Internet access with a firewall does not stop the disk activity.
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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It sounds like there is something set to do maybe a behind the scenes cleanup of some sort and it's set to run on Mondays. You might try installing AutoRuns and browsing around within its tabs to see what's going on--definitely check the "Scheduled Tasks" tab in AutoRuns.

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Old 12-16-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Scheduled disk scan by your AV program?

I turned mine off as it was such a nuisance.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:48 AM   #4
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Lois beat me to it. And I'd second Terrie's suggestion re Autoruns; you don't actually need to install anything to use it. It's a standalone EXE. It and a host of other useful bits are accessible from this page:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/

This gets you to AutoRuns:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb795535

   
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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What version of Windows?

How is your Windows Update set? Fully Automatic ..... Tell me but let me decide ?

What AV software application ?

There are some known WUD problems if you have XP

   
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steve: you don't actually need to install anything to use it. It's a standalone EXE.
Thank you for mentioning that about AutoRuns. I meant to but forgot. It's a lovely little app that is so helpful in seeing what's on your system and what is running or will be run...and...it's free which is even nicer...'-}}

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If there is no internet access, the disk thrashing can't be due to any kind of updates, so I suspect it's either indexing (which you can turn off) or defragmenting (which you can't).

   
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #8
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so I suspect it's either indexing (which you can turn off) or defragmenting (which you can't).
I don't know about earlier versions but I believe you can turn off defragmenting in Windows 7

Type defrag in the START Search box and open the link to Disk Defragmenter.

Uncheck the on schedule box .... maybe also select Configure and Disks to defrag and uncheck all the disks it lists.

   
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Thanks for that, Hugh.

I found that mine's scheduled for 1 am on Wednesdays, a time when it's liable to ... well, might, at least ... interfere with another disk-intensive process that I've scheduled myself.

Now that I know what it's doing and how to move it, I did.

Something similar is also available in Win8. From the main screen of your very large telephone, click Settings then start typing DEFRAG. "Defragment and optimize your drives" is the option that'll appear on the left.

The Win8 version doesn't trust us with complex decisions like "What day" or "What time of day". We get to choose Weekly, Daily or one other option (Monthly maybe?). We largescreen phone users are evidently too easily confused by too many options.

   
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hugh: Type defrag in the START Search box and open the link to Disk Defragmenter.
Or...alternatively:

1. Open Explorer, highlight a drive/partition, right-click, choose Properties > Tools > click on the "Defragment Now" button in the "Defragmentation" section

2. Start button > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmentor


Once you've got the defrag window open, it will display the defrag information on the drive(s)/partition(s) on your system. If you've never configured the defrag settings, then you should see a "Configure Schedule" button otherwise you may see a "Turn On Schedule" button. In any case, click on the button which will display an options window allowing you to modify the defrag schedule, which drive(s)/partition(s), etc.

There is a sevenforums tutorial with screenshots that is helpful.

Note: SSD drives should not be defrag'd and if I'm remembering correctly, Win7 had automatically turned off the default scheduled defrag on my SSD drive before I turned off the standard scheduled defrag.

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