Hard Drive constantly running...

My problem is my hard drive appears to be working all the time even when nothing is processing. Upon boot-up, the drive will go on for about 15 minutes before it stops. When I mouse over the START button a menu window opens and then the hard drive starts again and just won't stop. Even when shutting down the hard drive is going away at it which also slows down the shut down process. Anyone know why this is happening? And anyone know of a fix for this? The system is new and I haven't installed alot of programs except for the ones that came with the mobo, drives, and video card. Here are my specs.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 8MB/1066FSB S775 CPU
Asus P5KC iP35 S775 ATX Mainboard w/Audio/GB/DDR2&DDR3/eSATA/FW
OCZ Vista-Upgrade 4GB DC PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit
Seagate 7200.10 500GB 7200RPM 16MB SATAII Hard Drive
BFG Geforce 8800GTS OC2 320MB PCI-E Video Card
Antec SonataIII Mid-Tower Case w/500W PS
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition DVD (64Bit - OEM)
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  1. after installing all my base progs i always defrag on a new build..try it and report back :)
  2. I have 4 gigs of memory and a 500 gig hard drive. I would think that the system would have enough memory that it wouldn’t have to constantly go to the hard drive.

    However, when I first got my system I copied about 25gigs worth of data onto the new hard drive. I then subsequently removed the 25gigs worth of data from the new hard drive cause I didn’t want it there.

    Maybe that has something to do with it?

    I’ll also try defragging as monst0r suggested. I’ll post back with the results next week.
  3. Do you have system restore enabled? That will cause a lot more hard drive activity.
  4. FileMon from SysInternals.

    This will show what process is accessing the disk.
    That may help isolate the issue.
  5. Again...excellent replies. Thanks.

    I'll look into that Restore thingy. However, I would like to keep that option active. I'll also look at FileMon.
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