What is my computer (hard drive) doing now?- I can hear it working

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by pintree3, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. pintree3

    pintree3 Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
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    When you defrag your computer you can hear the hard drive running as it changes files back and forth. At times I can hear the same sound (or similar) but have no clue what it can possibly be doing. My 1st instinct is to unplug my internet connection should someone be hacking in my PC and using my resources. But after doing so I can still hear it working hard, on and on, and on at times. So I do a Ctrl+Alt+Del to see what is using most of my memory. Often its Firefox and Skype but even after closing both and doing nothing (hand away from keyboard and mouse) I can still hear it at work. I do not have any automatic updates for any of my software so it can't be that. I was wondering if there is some way, software perhaps, to find out exactly what it is that is making my computer do such a thing?
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
    Microsoft Community Contributor

    Oct 16, 2009
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    There are maintenance operations that check the hard drive any time it is idle. It might be one of those. Does Task Manager show anything special in the way of drive activity, or Resource Monitor?

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