Vista installed hard drive acting odd

By martinlw
Jun 13, 2008
  1. Hi,I have newly installed Vista home premium everything seemed to be going fine but now i find the hard drive red light is constantly flickering and at work sounds like a steam engine,any ideas what is causing this. Regards Martin
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Best i can add,
    First do a complete chkdsk.
    Then do a Defrag.
    Then look in Start Menu/Programs/Startup
    Is it empty ? Do you need whats in there ?
    When the red light is flickering it means something is being run on your system.
    Check to see what it might be.Also empty your cd drives.
    As for the noise ask some other employees what "they" hear."
    Sound more like a Fan.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Oh I get it: ( and at work ) lol :)
  4. martinlw

    martinlw TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 117

    HI,Reinstalled Windows XP Pro,may attempt installing Vista again,at home. Thanks anyway, Regards Martin.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    By the way Vista does this auto Defrag thing all the time (without showing a screen window)
    And it keeps indexing files all the time
    Let alone updates going on all the time

    But glad it's fixed
  6. tentex25

    tentex25 TS Rookie

    i am not happy with vista for this reason
  7. tentex25

    tentex25 TS Rookie all, in fact Vista is very frustarting
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Relax - what you changed recently on your system?
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    It was probably just routine background tasks that would lead to a more responsive system once they completed. But way to jump ship at the first speedbump you hit without ever figuring out what it was doing. Hell, you could have opened up the task manager then gone to one of the tabs and clicked on a box that would have brought up a very detailed thing to tell you what was accessing the disk.

    Here is what would have told you what was going on.
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