Constant hard drive access
Just built myself a new work PC, which is all fine and dandy - nice high spec etc, but I have this VERY irritating problem.
The hard drive sounds like it is constantly being accessed.
The HDD light only flicks on and off occasionally during idle, but the hard drive sounds like it's being defragged!!
I have turned off indexing, I have unchecked "optimise drive" in TweakUI, I have uninstalled any software that I thought could be accessing the drive (AV for example) but the problem remained.
I am at my wits end! It's one of those things that once you notice it, it does your head in!
Only one other significant thing - a couple of times, the PC has stopped at POST, and a message, "a problem has been detected with your hard drive, press enter to continue" has flashed on the screen. I press enter, and WinXP loads fine. I ran CHKDSK /R and no problems were reported.
I have disabled SMART in the BIOS, and the error message no longer appears, but the drive still has this 'access' noise all the time.
A point to note is that it doesn't do it when sitting at the login screen, only when XP loads, and then for all users.
Could I have a dodgy drive that is doing what it needs to, but is likely to be a candidate for early life failure?