Do you use windows and do you find your computer to be responding or working slowly at times? do simple tasks like opening or saving files take time? May be your hard drive is working hard! There could be a few background processes that has taken your hard disk hostage, due to high rate of disk reads or disk writes. This in turn forces your computer to respond slowly, as these processes overloads the physical limitations of your hard disk.Use process monitor to find information on all those processes running on your computer.
Download process monitor, if you don’t have it already.
- Start the process explorer
- Choose View –> “Select columns…” from the menu.
- Click “Process performance” tab.
- check I/O Reads, I/O Read Bytes, I/O Writes and I/O Write Bytes
- Click “OK”
Process explorer will now list the new columns for each process running on your computer.
To identify which process is killing your hard disk, just look for the process with the highest number of Reads or Read Bytes.Then take appropriate action via the process menu.