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Windows ME And XP Problems

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January 9, 2002 3:29:10 AM

I use to have Windows ME installed and sometimes I would have a very high level of of Disk I/O Activity on my Western Digital 80 Gigabyte UltraDMA 100 IDE Disk Drive.

The Disk Drive's Drive "C" was one large 80 Gigabyte FAT32 Disk Partition.

I checked the Windows ME Task Manager, and there is nothing running that should be causing the high level of Disk Activity.

I recently installed Windows XP Pro on a new Western Digital 80 Gigabyte UltraDMA 100 IDE Disk Drive.

I made my original 80 Gigabyte Western Digital Disk Drive the backup Drive that contained all my Files and Data.

Windows XP forced me to format the new Disk Drive using NTFS, since I wanted one large 80 Gigabyte Disk Drive Partition.

I know that the Windows XP FAT32 is limited to a 32 Giagbyte Disk Drive Partition, and Windows XP NTFS limit is much larger.

I have the same very high rate Disk Drive I/O Activity that occurs many times throughout the day, when the Computer is just sitting in the idle state.

I checked the Windows XP Task Manager, and there is nothing running that should be causing the high level of Disk Activity.

I now have had the same problem with the high rate of Disk Activity with both the Windows ME and the XP Operating Systems using the two sets of Western Digital Disk Drives.

The Problem with Windows ME occured after several months of usage, and the problem with WIndows XP occured after around one month of usage.

I am not running Norton System Works or McAfee Anti-Virus Programs, which will slow down Computers.

Is the Computer at different times of the day performing the automated System Backup of the important Operating System Files?

Does anyone have any ideas on what is causing this high rate of Disk Activity when the Computer is in a idle state?

My Computer System Consists of the following components.

EPOX 8K7A+ Motherboard.
AMD Athlon 1.4 GHZ CPU.
PC Power & Cooling Mid-Tower Computer Case.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 425 Watt ATX Power Supply.
PC Power & Cooling Computer Case Front And Back Silencer Fans.
Cooler Master EP5-6I11-A1 Heatsink And CPU Fan.
512 Megabytes DDR PC-2100 RAM.
Two Western Digital 80 Gigabyte ATA UDMA 100 IDE Disk Drives.
Iomega External SCSI ZIP 100 Drive.
Sony DDU1621 16X DVDROM Drive. Plextor Plexwriter 16/10/40A CDRW Drive.
Adaptec 2940UW SCSI Disk Controller PCI Card.
ATI Radeon 64 MB DDR AGP Graphics Card.
3COM 10/100 NIC PCI Card.
US Robotics 56K Internal PCI FaxModem.
Sound Blaster Live PCI Sound Card.
Viewsonic P815 21 Inch Color Monitor.

Jonathan


Jonathan

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January 9, 2002 2:42:06 PM

It's very likely that what you have been experiencing is a function of the System Restore Feature. This was first implemented in WinME, and is also present in both versions of WinXP. This utility runs during periods of time when the computer is idle.

Related Links:

<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/evaluation/whyup..." target="_new">Windows Features</A>

<A HREF="http://www.scotfinnie.com/winxpb2/11.htm" target="_new">Get Up to Speed on WinXP</A>

<A HREF="http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/libr..." target="_new">Microsoft Windows XP System Restore - MSDN Library</A>

<A HREF="http://www.windows2000faq.com/Articles/Index.cfm?Articl..." target="_new">Enabling/Disabling WinXP's System Restore Feature</A>

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January 9, 2002 4:32:39 PM

Does anyone actually use the restore feature? That's just about the first thing I chuck, second only to the task scheduler.
January 9, 2002 4:58:15 PM

Same here. Amen. It was one the first things about WinME that really turned me off. A buggy memory hog. Yuck.

However, for an inexperienced user, having that roll-back feature can be a life saver if they install an incompatible driver. Witness the Infinite Loop error in WinXP with the latest nVidia video drivers. Being able to roll-back is a heck of a lot easier than starting over from scratch.

Yet another good reason to stick with Win2K, at least for the moment.

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