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Hey, I hope you all can help me with a problem...it's what it says in the title: my hard drive is spinning continuously, I can hear, it spins all the time now, regardless of whether the computer is actually doing anything. (I use windows XP)
I looked around for answers on google, and found a bunch of suggestions, including: check for spyware etc.. (I did, with Avast), defrag your hard drive (I did), use add/remove programs to clear out unneeded stuff (I did), and adjust your computer's power settings (I did). None of that stuff worked.
I did find one suggestion that I wasn't able to do - someone suggested I change my preferences as to how often the computer writes to the hard drive. But the suggestion didn't say how, it only said that it was in my "user preferences page" and after googling several combinations of every related word I couldn't find how to do that.
Others posts I found brought up the possibility of windows using virtual memory, and that I need more RAM. But I have 2 gigs of RAM and my computer's never done this before, it only started a few days ago.
Overall system info is this:
AMD 3200+ with 2 gigs RAM
hard drive is 232 gigs with 30 gigs or so free
I hope someone here has an idea, because I'm out of ideas. I've tried everything I can think or find on the internet.