Why does my Hard drive spin for ages at startup?
August 8, 2010 7:44 AM Subscribe
XP Hard-Drive Filter: When I turn my computer on, after it being off overnight, it starts up fine but the hard disk light is on for several minutes. Start-up time is normal, and desktop loads and computer is usable, can click on icons and open folders/start programs but they take ages to load/open - hard drive stays on at this point. When I use FF it slows it waaaay down. What could be causing this and how can I stop it please?
posted by marienbad to computers & internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I installed Windows defender but removed it as it caused the computer to run slow, and i think it is completely gone now. No unusual processes showing in task manger.
I have automatic updates turned on and things are up to date. Use Avira for antivirus.
Searched the google and found various things, one about a KB update, but that was for vista. Couldn't find exact replication of problem anywhere.
It is a SATA drive, about 80G but half full.