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Old May 26th 11, 08:01 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
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I have a laptop that, after boot up is completed, continues to do a lot
of disk activity for fifteen minutes or more. This is a laptop I will
use on a plane. I cannot have this disk activity use up battery charge.
I need to know which application(s)is/are doing the disk activity so I
can shut it down for the flight. The Task Manager displays CPU usage but
this has not been very useful in finding which process is using the disk
a lot at the moment. Is there a way to monitor in real time which
process is responsible for disk activity in the same manner that the
Task Manager displays this for CPU usage?

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Old May 26th 11, 08:24 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
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Artist wrote:

I have a laptop that, after boot up is completed, continues to do a lot
of disk activity for fifteen minutes or more. This is a laptop I will
use on a plane. I cannot have this disk activity use up battery charge.
I need to know which application(s)is/are doing the disk activity so I
can shut it down for the flight. The Task Manager displays CPU usage but
this has not been very useful in finding which process is using the disk
a lot at the moment. Is there a way to monitor in real time which
process is responsible for disk activity in the same manner that the
Task Manager displays this for CPU usage?


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb896645

I still have the old FileMon that they dropped when they came out with
ProcMon. I've used it in the past, for example, to find what was
causing a lot of disk activity that turned out to be two security
programs fighting with each other (A would check a file, B would see the
read and do a check, A saw the read by B and would do another check, B
would see A's check on B's read and do another check, and on and on).
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Old May 26th 11, 10:58 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
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As "VanguardLH" suggests : download the small Sysinternal's (Microsoft)
utility ; "Process Monitor" [ProcMon.exe] and start it while you are
experiencing the abnormal disk activity.

Let it alone to capture and log all disk activity for a short while, then
stop the "AutoScroll" function by unchecking that option from the "Edit"
top menu.

That will allow you to wade through the results without the results-screen
flashing past you as it is being constantly updated.

The process / program appears on the left side of the list, after the
recorded time, and you should be looking for the program or process that
appears the most.

Only a relatively few programs / processes will appear in the list if you
are only looking at a 30-40 second period, and it should be possible to get
a good idea which is the one responsible.

Once again, the link to download "Process Monitor" is :
http://download.sysinternals.com/Fil...essMonitor.zip

Open the downloaded [*.zip] file in Windows Explorer and copy the file :
[PROCMON.EXE] to either your C:\WINDOWS or your C:\WINDOWS\system32
directory.

You can then run it by either creating a shortcut to this file to your
Desktop, or by simply typing "procmon" into the "Run" box on the Start
Menu.

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I have a laptop that, after boot up is completed, continues to do a lot of
disk activity for fifteen minutes or more. This is a laptop I will use on
a plane. I cannot have this disk activity use up battery charge. I need to
know which application(s)is/are doing the disk activity so I can shut it
down for the flight. The Task Manager displays CPU usage but this has not
been very useful in finding which process is using the disk a lot at the
moment. Is there a way to monitor in real time which process is
responsible for disk activity in the same manner that the Task Manager
displays this for CPU usage?

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Old May 30th 11, 05:22 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
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Artist wrote:

Is there a way to monitor in real time which
process is responsible for disk activity in the same manner that the
Task Manager displays this for CPU usage?


Use Task Manager; menu option View - Select Columns offers lots more than
just CPU. You can have the display sorted by whichever column you want by
clicking on a specific column's title (twice if you want the display sorted
in descending order on that column).

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