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Does SSD caching force HDD to load permanently?

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February 8, 2013 11:32:38 AM

Hello,

I use SSD caching on my new laptop (Toshiba Satellite U840) - it´s in built-in condition, I didn´t modify any settings as I am a newbie at SSDs. The system is pretty fast, of course... however HDD still works even I don´t touch the laptop at all and that continuous noise is annoying. Do you think it won´t occure in a future once sufficient cache will be loaded or it will happen permanently? Thanks...

Jey
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a c 75 G Storage
February 8, 2013 12:59:27 PM

maybe it was the fan?
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February 8, 2013 4:46:39 PM

It is the spinning sound or soft clicks?
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February 8, 2013 8:34:33 PM

I would think that your hard drive should still support low power states and can be told to spin down after 15 mins. I would look in the control panel power options to check the settings of the drive.
Most drives are kind of hard to hear (at least for me) mostly I hear the fans in the case, cpu, power supply and on the graphics cards. some get loud when they get dusty and I just blow the dust out. Some cheap fans tend to squeal after a year or two and I have to tap them while they are running to stop the noise.
February 9, 2013 7:36:38 AM

Hi,

thanks for replies ;)  It´s obviously the noise of HDD... 2secs loads some data then pauses and then again and again. It is also visible in the task manager that disk loads - under svchost.exe and system processes. I guessed it could be a malware or virus but the laptop is certainly clean of that.

J.
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February 9, 2013 5:53:13 PM

Jey84 said:
Hi,

thanks for replies ;)  It´s obviously the noise of HDD... 2secs loads some data then pauses and then again and again. It is also visible in the task manager that disk loads - under svchost.exe and system processes. I guessed it could be a malware or virus but the laptop is certainly clean of that.

J.

Windows 8 queues background repairs to a system process that runs as a idle process. (does data integrity and filesystem repairs of your hard drive)
System process identifier = 4 (most likely not a virus)

February 9, 2013 6:49:08 PM

Caching made sense back when SSD were expensive. But now it makes more sense to just replace the HD with an SSD. If you are a file pack rat ( having successfully downloaded all the free porn on the internet ) you might want to move those less accessed files to an external HD, or better yet a small NAS. Plus depending on which SSD you go with you could dramatically extend your battery life. I just upgraded a client's laptop to a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD, and now she reports an extra hour of battery.
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