Something accesses the hard disk every two sec (longish)

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Hi,
I was given an old Compaq Deskpro with a 350Mhz PII and 6 G Maxtor hard
drive, from which I removed the vestiges of NT4 and installed Win98.
It worked well enough with 196 M of PC100 RAM
But something regularly accesses the hard disk every two seconds or so,
like a clock or heart beat. And I just dont know what it is. The previous
user says it always did this, so I don't think it s anything acting thru
the Windows OS which is causing it.
I did not think this regular accessing of the disk mattered -- it simply
meant a little clicking noise and a blink of the led. Or so I thought.
Until after setting the puter up for a friend. I got into a bad series of
install/uninstalls of dodgy bloatware. After which I wanted to clean things
up a bit with Scandisk and Defragmenter.
It then transpired that the disk acessing would not allow Scandisk or
Defrag to get under way and complete.
What could be accessing the disk? Could it be coming from the BIOS? (One
of the first things I checked was that the MSWord feature FastFind was
indeed disabled and closed, so I dont think its that.)
I would be grateful for any thoughts on this one.
Michael Anders
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    Dunno about Deskpros, but on some Presarios of that era, Auto Insert
    Notification on the CD-ROM drive(s) could cause the HD LED to flicker once
    per second. Check in Device Manager in Windows and see if AIN is enabled.
    HH

    "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:2hmsmlFej9o1U2@uni-berlin.de...
    > Hi,
    > I was given an old Compaq Deskpro with a 350Mhz PII and 6 G Maxtor hard
    > drive, from which I removed the vestiges of NT4 and installed Win98.
    > It worked well enough with 196 M of PC100 RAM
    > But something regularly accesses the hard disk every two seconds or so,
    > like a clock or heart beat. And I just dont know what it is. The previous
    > user says it always did this, so I don't think it s anything acting thru
    > the Windows OS which is causing it.
    > I did not think this regular accessing of the disk mattered -- it
    simply
    > meant a little clicking noise and a blink of the led. Or so I thought.
    > Until after setting the puter up for a friend. I got into a bad series
    of
    > install/uninstalls of dodgy bloatware. After which I wanted to clean
    things
    > up a bit with Scandisk and Defragmenter.
    > It then transpired that the disk acessing would not allow Scandisk or
    > Defrag to get under way and complete.
    > What could be accessing the disk? Could it be coming from the BIOS?
    (One
    > of the first things I checked was that the MSWord feature FastFind was
    > indeed disabled and closed, so I dont think its that.)
    > I would be grateful for any thoughts on this one.
    > Michael Anders
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    Do a Google search for diskact.zip which is an old PC Mag utility that
    identifies all disk activity. This was freeware but now PC Mag charges for
    everything. The search should turn up a free copy.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    I'm intrigued HH.
    Just what is AIM and how does one control/enable/disable it?
    FWIW, I changed the original CD drive for a burner, but the accessing of the
    HD has continued as before.
    Thanks,
    Leachim

    "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:jcrtc.16$861.14@fe25.usenetserver.com...
    > Dunno about Deskpros, but on some Presarios of that era, Auto Insert
    > Notification on the CD-ROM drive(s) could cause the HD LED to flicker once
    > per second. Check in Device Manager in Windows and see if AIN is enabled.
    > HH
    >
    > "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message
    > news:2hmsmlFej9o1U2@uni-berlin.de...
    > > Hi,
    > > I was given an old Compaq Deskpro with a 350Mhz PII and 6 G Maxtor
    hard
    > > drive
    (snip)
    something regularly accesses the hard disk every two seconds or so,
    > > like a clock or heart beat
    .....
    the disk acessing would not allow Scandisk or
    > > Defrag to get under way and complete...
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    With AIN (AIM is an accronym for AOL Instant Messenger) enabled, the PC
    querries the drive once per second to see if a CD has been inserted. If
    memory serves, this enabled the auto-run feature when it first was
    introduced. On machines with it, you could enable/disable via Device Manager
    by checking/unchecking a box.
    It sometimes interferred with scandisk and/or defrag causing these utilities
    to start over, and over, and over, ad nauseum. The issue was mainly with
    Presarios made in late 1997 and early 1998, specifically, the 4800 and 4500
    series machines.
    HH

    "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:2hnbsiFf5hdnU1@uni-berlin.de...
    > I'm intrigued HH.
    > Just what is AIM and how does one control/enable/disable it?
    > FWIW, I changed the original CD drive for a burner, but the accessing of
    the
    > HD has continued as before.
    > Thanks,
    > Leachim
    >
    > "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:jcrtc.16$861.14@fe25.usenetserver.com...
    > > Dunno about Deskpros, but on some Presarios of that era, Auto Insert
    > > Notification on the CD-ROM drive(s) could cause the HD LED to flicker
    once
    > > per second. Check in Device Manager in Windows and see if AIN is
    enabled.
    > > HH
    > >
    > > "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message
    > > news:2hmsmlFej9o1U2@uni-berlin.de...
    > > > Hi,
    > > > I was given an old Compaq Deskpro with a 350Mhz PII and 6 G Maxtor
    > hard
    > > > drive
    > (snip)
    > something regularly accesses the hard disk every two seconds or so,
    > > > like a clock or heart beat
    > ....
    > the disk acessing would not allow Scandisk or
    > > > Defrag to get under way and complete...
    >
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    You can get it free here:

    http://boyar.hypermart.net/main2.html

    HH


    "Frank346" <frank346@groznyk.com> wrote in message
    news:wkwtc.64759$mX.20988615@twister.nyc.rr.com...
    > Do a Google search for diskact.zip which is an old PC Mag utility that
    > identifies all disk activity. This was freeware but now PC Mag charges for
    > everything. The search should turn up a free copy.
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    "Auto Insert Notification" means that the operating system will
    regularly strobe the CD-ROM drive to see if a CD has been inserted. If
    so, it will "auto-run" whatever startup program it finds (if there is
    one) there. Besides the problem you may be having, I have it disabled
    it myself because I prefer to be in control of what software starts
    running and when it does so!

    Try Start; Settings; Control Panel; System; Device Manager; the "+"
    next to "CDROM"; double-click the CDROM drive listed there; select the
    "Settings" tab; un-check the "Auto insert notification" box if it's
    checked.

    "Fast Find" and "auto insert notification" are the usual culprits.
    Good luck!


    "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message news:<2hnbsiFf5hdnU1@uni-berlin.de>...
    > I'm intrigued HH.
    > Just what is AIM and how does one control/enable/disable it?
    > FWIW, I changed the original CD drive for a burner, but the accessing of the
    > HD has continued as before.
    > Thanks,
    > Leachim
    >
    > "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:jcrtc.16$861.14@fe25.usenetserver.com...
    > > Dunno about Deskpros, but on some Presarios of that era, Auto Insert
    > > Notification on the CD-ROM drive(s) could cause the HD LED to flicker once
    > > per second. Check in Device Manager in Windows and see if AIN is enabled.
    > > HH
    > >
    > > "Leachim Sredna" <ma020348NOSPAM@aol.com> wrote in message
    > > news:2hmsmlFej9o1U2@uni-berlin.de...
    > > > Hi,
    > > > I was given an old Compaq Deskpro with a 350Mhz PII and 6 G Maxtor
    > hard
    > > > drive
    > (snip)
    > something regularly accesses the hard disk every two seconds or so,
    > > > like a clock or heart beat
    > ....
    > the disk acessing would not allow Scandisk or
    > > > Defrag to get under way and complete...
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