"MB" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> At times my disk drive starts working for no apparent reason while I
> on-line. When I check CPU usage, very often the System Idle Process
> What does this mean??
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August 20, 2004 4:27:17 PM
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Brian <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>MB <email@example.com> wrote:
>> At times my disk drive starts working for no apparent reason while I am
>> on-line. When I check CPU usage, very often the System Idle Process is
>> What does this mean??
>It's much like zero. A place holder or label. It means the system is
>If you want to know the details, the kernel is looping while the process
>ready queue sits empty.
Which means, to be specific, that the System Idle Process is not
the source of your disk drive activity.
To find that out, keep your Task Manager active, if minimized,
with the Processes tab selected. On that tab, click twice on the
CPU column, so that it is in a descending sort of % CPU usage.
Next time that unexpected disk drive activity occurs, restore the
Task Manager and see what is active that might be writing to the
One pretty good source for deciphering those arcane process names
can be found at: