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Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

Question: Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

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Answer: Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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The Hard Drive light on my tower case started flashing rapidly and the only way to switch off the computer was at the mains. Then it didn't come on at all, so I replaced the PSU, which is brand new and works fine in another computer. But as soon as I plug it in, the hard drive light flashes non-stop rapidly. The power switch on the tower case has no effect, so I can only switch it off at the mains. Neither the CD nor the floppy drives work, though they work in a different computer.What could be wrong? Was there a short on the motherboard which has caused all this?

Answer:Hard Drive Light Continuously Flashing

but this has the sound of a motherboard fault.Presumably, when you installed the new PSU you checked the state of all the motherboard connectors - the ribbon cables power connections to your drives?Do the fans run normally?Do you get a signal on the monitor?

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:03:10 PM, on 7/17/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSRService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 7.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Logitech\MOUSEW~1\SYSTEM\EM_EXEC.EXEC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LXSUPMON.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXEC:\Program Files\Genie-Soft\GBMPro8\GBMAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Lexmark 4800 Series\lxdemon.exeC:\Program Files\Lexmark 4800 Series\lxdeamon.exeC:\Program Files�... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Light Flashing Constantly

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I have just fited an new 200 gig hard drive along side my old 40 gig as it wasn't always starting up properly.Everything works fine using new one as the master.However I had to remove a dvd drive so that i had enough cables.floppy is now connected direct to m/b but light is staying on all the time and won't read anything.Does it require a setting changing at start up.many thanks

Answer:floppy light on after fitting new hard drive

shouldn't do, what does device manager say about FD?

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I have had a look round the posts but nothing I try stops the internal drive getting accessed.
I have unchecked the CD autorun using TweakUI (this worked for someone else)
I have temp disabled AVG along with BoostSpeed and Team Viewer
The only process running apart from sys idle is svchost.exe (1%)

I hope someone out there manages to work their magic as they did the last time I posted here!

Answer:Hard drive light flashing with nearly no processes running

Sounds like the System Index service is running.

When you find that happening, disconnect from the Internet to be sure MS Update is not running or something on your system is phoning home to be sure.

To see all Internet connections from your PC, grab a copy of CurrPorts - - runas admin and you will see everything. Click on the column heading Remote Host Name to get active connections at the top if the list. The menu Options is used to customize the display; here's my list

display Listen, Established, TCP, UDP, IPv6,

display port in The Address,

sort on refresh,
Ask Before Any Action
That last one is interesting; running as admin, you can Close a port or Kill the application with that port.

CurrPorts identifies all ports on the pc (mine number 112 as I write) and if I select all ports with a Remote Address, I see I have 20 connections.

btw: Remote Addresses shown as are local services (like a proxy or AV service), so out of the 20, only two are actually remote - - both HTTP browser connections.

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hi, i got a used 1 gen carbon x1off craigslist.  the original ssd was slow and hard drive indicator had keep on flashing.  thinking thre 256 gb was defective, i got another one off ebay and  replaced it.  the flashing hdd light had gone away.  unfortuately, the flashing light had came back.  had anybody got any ideas why this this happening?  i know the hard drive  light flashing means hard drive usage, i had to see the ssd being used so much that it reach end of life that quickly.  HELP!  tx

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Hello, I am not sure what the make and model of my exteranal hard drive is but here is what I know...
Maxtor 250GB External Hard Drive USB2.0 8MB Cache - Retail

found on this page:

Ive had the product for about a year now and its worked fine up until about an hour ago...

I plugged the external harddrive into my PC and nothing happened, My PC wont pick it up at all and nothing shows up in "My Computer" The only thing that is happening is the green light on the front of the case is flashing on and off and thats it.

Does anybody know how I can fix it? Please
Thank you for your time

*P.S* im really sorry if ive posted this in the wrong forum section, Thank you

Answer:PC wont pick up Hard drive & green light flashing on and off

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After changing Drive A to NONE it is still booting up with diskette drive 0 seek failure. I saved it after I changed it. Why is it still doing the same thing? I am able to use my computer after I changed that setting. My date and time is messed up too.

Answer:changed floppy drive to none still have seek

Likely a CMOS/BIOS battery failure. The "messed-up time and date settings" is the big indicator. It's probably not "holding" the settings after you make them in the BIOS."Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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Hi.I have just brought a new PC, What happens when I switxch on is that the floppy drive makes one helluva noise and the light comes on. I appreciate its looking for something but I dont know what. It also does it when I switch off. Please help.

Answer:Floppy drive seek annoyance

Is anti-virus configured to check floppy at start up and shut down?

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I want to activate the "Disable Floppy Drive Seek" option during boot up. I can not remember how to access these settings. I tried pressing the "F8" key during start up but that did not work.

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HELP!!! I was getting the dreaded "Floppy Disc Seek Failure" and was able to disable it via a thread by Dan. HOWEVER, NOW I MY CD/DVD Drive is gone. I have recently reformatted or should I say reinstalled windows vista operating system and now I can't install any of my other programs b/c the drive is not recognized. (How can you tell which "LETTER" a particular drive is anyway?) I have tried downloading current drivers and it always comes back as most current are up to date. But still no CD/DVD drive. Not sure what I did wrong -- if anyone can help me find my drive -- I would soooooooo appreciate it.

Thanks ahead of time for your help.


Answer:Solved: Floppy disc seek failure deletes CD/DVD drive

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I did an AVG virus scan of my floppy and found an error (dont know what that error is, and no virii).
Floppy drive (both old and the new one I swiped in) does not recognize diskettes in drive. 2 cables (1 ribbon, 1 power) are plugged into drive.
New floppy drive reads properly in new computer (at least to detect scsi adapter diskette, though it doesn't actually work).

I have had $1500 as no more than a paperweight since the 22nd, please help!

Answer:3 1/2 floppy drive light stays on, not reading disks in drive

check the BIOS and see whether the floppy drive is enabled

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Hey guys,I used one of my friends pen drive on my pc and while browsing the pen drive,My avira picked up a trojan alert and i moved all the threats to quarantine and restarted my pc.After the reboot;Taskmanager,Mscofig,regedit,firefox,chrome are all not working/opening.Ctrl+alt+delete had been disabled and my floppy disk drive kept flickering continously.Internet explorer was the only browser that was working,But whenever i searched "regedit crashing" in google,IE too crashed!

When i restart the System in normal mode these are the problems that i have.

When ever i try to open firefox/chrome by double clicking the cursor loads for a second and then nothing happens.Some times it reports a error message about a 16-bit memory usage..I didn't read this error properly because it appeared only once.

My floppy disk drive light keeps flickering without a seconds pause and makes weird noises .


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I recently built a system with an Intel 955 Motherboard. All is well, except for one curious thing - the floppy drive activity light is always on, from the moment of startup, even before WinXP loads, and the system can't read a floppy. It just keeps requesting that I insert a floppy into my a: drive. It does not sound like the floppy spindle is running, and there are no solenoid-like clicks when I insert the floppy as though the system is trying to read it, just the mechanical "snap" of the eject spring.

Any thoughts? Did I miss something in BIOS? I tried 2 different, brand-new floppy drives and they both act the same way. I've never encountered this before.

Answer:Floppy Drive Power Light Always On, Can't Read Floppy

The chances are, you`ve not installed the floppy drive/cable correctly.

Look Here for floppy drive installation instructions.

Regards Howard

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Hey all,
I did a fresh install of XP Pro SP2, and now every time I start a program be it IE, Nero, Explorer, Word, anything at all it probes the floppy. Further, one out of every 15 or so times it comes up with a dialog titled "[whatever program I started] - no disk" with Options of Retry, cancel, continue.

It's not hurting anything but the sound is gawd aweful annoying. Any suggestions?


Answer:XP Random Floppy seek

umm...floppy removal (j/k, maybe not)

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One of my CD drives oftens flashes when I know there is no activity.It also seems not to want to eject any disc I may have in it at the time.The other CD/DVD drive and HD are both fine.Is the drive faulty (6 years old)or is it a software fault.

Answer:Flashing CD drive light

Doubt its software, it really doesn't need any...uninstall the drive in device manager reboot PC it will then be re-recognised and assigned generic drivers by your O/S which is all it needs...

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i've been trying to update my bios due to a problem i've been having with a video game. the game points to a vague memory problem, though it could be many other things. the memory is brand new, but i've heard of unstability in the combo that i have. nforce 2 mobo and ddr400 i gig stick.

i'm hoping an updated BIOS would help with this, but i have no floppy drive except and external superdisk drive which for the life of me i can't get the thing to make a bootable disk. I simply warns me that formattng the disk will erase all the data, click ok or cancel. when i click ok nothing happens. otherwise the drive works fine.

i've been toying around with a bootable cd, however the only way i've gotten it to work was using that fixntldr.iso file you can download. however i can't seem to get to a prompt with it, which i need to do inorder to reach the folder that holds my update. all i get are 10 options to boot which leads me right back into windows. the discs i've made w/ magiciso using the three system files from the windows drive never get noticed.

any advice would be appreciated. i know its gonna make me look stupid though. : (

Answer:flashing BIOS w/o a floppy drive

Just create a floppy emulation bootable CD using your favourite CD burning program. When it asks for a floppy image file, point it to the Win98SE one from (get the non-Windows version (not .exe)). Unzip it of course

Drag and drop the BIOS flashing stuff to the CD compilation. Burn and boot. The CD will boot up using floppy emulation, the CD itself will get a drive letter like T: or R: (you are told which one it is).

You can also use any other media with a FAT filesystem, including USB external hard drives or flash disks. You'd have to use the FreeDOS boot from UBCD ( to get USB support though.

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I wanna flash my laptop's bios without a floppy, i was wondering if that's possible?

Answer:Flashing Bios without Floppy drive

Firstly, what is it that you want the Bios updated on?

Secondly, yeh i've heard of some software programs which can do it for you. But it depends on the manufacturer of the Board/Card that is being updated.

I'm pretty sure Asus do it because I have some Bios Update Software Program on my desktop but my Bios is up to date so I've never used it.

Anyways, contat your manufacturer or e-mail them for any software programs for automatic updating.

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Im trying to flash my bios on my laptop. I have the latest bios files burned onto a disk, and i also have a boot disk from It boots up fine to the A: prompt. and i can type "dir" and see the file structure and files on the bootdisk just fine. My problem is. When i switch over to the disk that has the bios files on it. It either a: Doesnt show any files when i type "dir" or b: it shows some sort of file structure, but the file structure is all garbled. The text is unreadable. Yet both my computers both windows xp and vista, see each and every disk i burned with the bios files on it just fine from within windows. Does anybody know what could be causing this?

I guess my question is. What are some other means of flashing your bios when you dont have a floppy drive? like on a laptop? Ive heard you can do it on a flash drive?

Answer:Flashing a bios without a floppy drive

Yeah, you can run them from flash drives, too.

Assuming your motherboard sees the flash drive like an IDE hard drive, you could just copy them to it. Then boot to that floppy disk and change to the flash drive. Most likely it's going to see the flash drive as C: unless you have some other fat/fat32 filesystems on your machine.

Once you're on the flash drive, you should be able to just run you flashing software and load the firmware up.

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I dont have a floppy drive but desperately need to update my bios. Do I need a floppy to do this?


Answer:Flashing Bios: Do I need to have a Floppy Drive?

What motherboard do you have?

Some of the newer motherboards support windows based bios flashing. I was at first very unsure of this, but lately, I've never had an issue.

Other wise, you can try making a dos bootable cd.....

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I have just built a new computer with a KN1-Sli board. I have noticed that the operating light on the floppy drive is on constantly when it wasn't on my last computer.

Why is it constantly on? Is there something wrong?

Answer:Floppy drive light on

have you flipped the cable around yet(the flat one that goes to mobo)

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I have put a SSD as my main drive. Running Win7 64-bit. I am now concerned that Win7 will wear this drive out as the drive light flashes constantly about 1-2 times per second. What could it possibly be doing sitting idle.

Answer:Concerned about SSD and Drive light keep flashing

The OS is always doing something. It's nothing to be concerned about at all. It won't hurt your SSD

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Hi AllLast few days i have noticed the green light on my floppy is constantly on. When i put in a disk and go to read from it, it comes back with please insert disk.I have changed the floppy cable, floppy drive which works fine on a different computer with no luck.Any suggestions?ThanksLahoriewin xp pro sp2, 1gb ram

Answer:floppy drive light on - cannot read from it

Hi, have you made sure that the floppy drive Cable is the correct way round? If not, this can make the light stay on. Cheers.

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Answer:Floppy drive light stays on

Any body got any clues as to why this has happened? I tried driver uninstall/reinstall, it shows in device manager as OK but when I put a disc in nothing happens, it just says please insert disc.Using xp pro/msi K7T

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Hi folks, Well, I thought I was on the road to installing a second HD,but now have a different problem. My foppy drive light is steady and it doesn't work, plus I got boot.ini boot. (no pun intended).Therefore, I am unable to boot with my boot disk. As a result I can't get anywhere. I had ME working just fine, and XPwas going right along loading fine until I got to the part that asks you where you want to load XP. I chose "D" drive, but the next screen said the "C" drive didn't have a partiton and had to be partitioned. This puzzeled me because the "C" drive was just fine and dandy with ME running normal like.......but, that's another issue, I guess. The steady light on the floppy drive is where I have to start. The cable is good and connected properly. I've had a lot of screwy things happen, but this one has really put me in a bind. Help! please. Peace and love.

Answer:Solved: floppy drive light

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I'm getting "floppy drive fail (40)" error during bootup. Went into bios and enabled the drive. Still giving me error message during reboot. Even when I hit f1 to continue without the floppy drive...the drive light still stays on.

Answer:floppy drive light stays on

I just attached a new floppy cable to my drive this morning. And of course the light stayed on all the time. Just flip the connector upside down where it connects to the drive.

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Hi there,

I upgraded to OSX 10.4.9 on my mac (466 mhz powerpc G4 desktop) a few months ago, and my QPS-525 QUE! Firewire drive was working just fine until after I added more memory (512 mg) a few days ago. Now when I turn on the cd drive, I see a flashing green light and it won't eject. I've checked all the cables and everything appears to be fine. I even unplugged the external cd drive and plugged into my laptop (1.5 g, powerpc G4, OSX 10.4.9), and the same problem occured. Any info would be appreciated.


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Is it better to have a higher average seek time or a lower average seek time?

EX. 8.5ms or 9.3ms


Answer:Hard Drive Seek Time

I guess higher is better...I'll just buy the one with 9.3 and see for myself

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I recently procured a hard drive, and foolishly decided I was smart enough to install it. And was only half right. I installed the drive a couple weeks ago and all was well for a time, it worked, I put some files on it, and there was much rejoicing. (I only had 80GB in there to start with, so it was desperately needed) However, for no apparent reason, a few days ago, it just stopped appearing.

However, I can still locate it in both the BIOS, and the Device Manager. (The DM states that it's working properly. Naturally. But I have no access to anything ON the hard drive. And it doesn't appear in My Computer. I went to the companies website and downloaded the appropriate (I thought) software for it, but to no avail. Help please!

Here is the hard drives info.

Model: WDC WD1600JB-00FUA0
WD Caviar
Enhanced IDE Drive
Drive Parameters: LBA 312581808 160GB
S/N WMAES1298764

As a side note, when the drive was functioning, it was listed as WD1600JB-00FUA0, but ever since it quit working, it's only showing WD1600JB.

Answer:Hide and Seek with the new Hard Drive

See if the data cable is snug, I've had that problem with Caviars.

EDIT: Oops, it's not a Sata drive, can't hurt to double check the connectios.

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ok, i want to upgrade my bios so i can overclock my cpu. i've read all over for directions and all i see is "step 1. format a 3.5' floppy and blah blah blah" is there a way to flash the bios without the floppy drive? now as you all may know screwing this up can render my motherboard useless, so if you don't know exactly what you're talking about then please don't respond, i just bought this thing. thanks for any help

Answer:Flashing BIOS, but floppy drive doesn't work. help me PLEASE

you can make a bootable cd with the same files on it.

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Hi Everyone!

I just joined and hopefully I can be of some help for others, but for starters I need to ask for help for myself! Before posting this, I did a search of the forums here but did not find anything identical to my issue.

I have a 10-month old Acer 5100 notebook that will no longer start Windows Vista (Home Premium if that matters).

A few nights ago I noticed the machine was at the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen (black background/white text). Unfortunately I was not around the machine when it got into this mode. The screen showed a list of 5 or less choices - I think the default highlighted choice was to let Windows search the hard disk for errors. I chose this but it didn't seem to start after watching it for several minutes. So being the impatient sort, I rebooted the PC and the same black screen with choices displayed. This time I selected 'Start Windows Normally' but when the system came back up it ends at the same screen again. (I believe the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen I was seeing was not the normal one I've always seen, but a different one with less choices, if that makes sense)

So I said forget this, I have a backup. I tried restoring a backup of the hard drive I made with Acronis True Image (I booted off the True Image CD). I chose to only restore just the C: partition. Both times I tried, it gets to over 50% complete then there's a message about the image being corrupt.

So I shu... Read more

Answer:Vista won't Start, Screen Hangs at Flashing Cursor, Hard Drive LED Always Flashing

bump for the day

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Hello there, as I said in another thread, I got a new computer yesterday (P4-2400Mhz-512 Mb Ddr-2 harddisks-CD-R and CD-RW; Os win98 SE).
When it arrived (friends took it along) and was powered, the light on the floppy-drive went on and never turned off again. When inserting a disk, it's contents are not recognized ('unable to access drive a - it's busy'). As far as I can tell it is indeed busy - with rotating in an empty drive.

My friends say the light wasn't working when they installed everything on the new machine at their home, before bringing it over.

So apparantly the journey to my place (computer upright on carseat) has upset something. The case has been open, but no loose ends or anything like that could be found.

Does anybody know what I should do now to get it working normally again ? And if I can't get it right: is it a bad thing to keep on using the computer, with the drive working all the time, for a couple of days till a new drive if neccessary can be put in ? Is there a way, if it ís bad, to 'unplug' the drive and just leave it dead till it can be replaced ?

Thanks for any responses !

Answer:(Solved) Floppy-Drive light on constant?

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Hi Can anyone please help me yet again lolMy pc when its powered up & running the floppy drive light stays perminatly onIts an MSI motherboard which is running on XP home The light never goes out the only time it does is when the pc is shut down. Ive tried another floppy drive on my pc to see if the one I had was faulty but it still does the same. Any ideas?Thanks Leigh

Answer:Floppy light drive perminatly on when powered up

It might be that You might have the floppy cable the wrong way around it needs to be twisted.Also check the power cable is plugged in properly from your psu.

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I really hope someone can help ....this is driving me mada while ago i shut down my HP laptop (it didnt shut down properly and eventually the battery gave up)since then if i try to boot up windows with the cddrive closed it takes 20 mins or so and the drive light keeps flashing as if its trying to read a new diskif i boot up windows with the drive open (manually opened with a paper clip) it boots as normal and works fineif i try to close the drive when its fully booted up i get a blue screen error message and laptop dies!!please help!

Answer:Cd drive causing boot problems - light flashing

Use System Restore to before you Problem

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I am getting both random seek and funnel seek test errors.  I do not have any other problems and my warranty expired in June.  Does any one have any ideas on correcting them or is it new drive time and if it is what are the specs on the hard drive?  Since the original only lasted a little over a year (I haven't used it that much either) I do not think I want to buy another one from Lenovo.

Answer:T410 hard drive seek errors

you can try this it will repair the errors

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 Any ideas?  Since a few days ago my (2 month old) T500 has been bugging the heck out of me (understatement) with this constant hard drive seek noise.  You normally expect short bursts of it when accessing large amounts of data etc. but this has been literally non-stop, anytime the computer is on (regardless if anyone is actually doing anything on it).Message Edited by timosy on 05-18-2009 01:24 AM

Answer:Excessive hard drive seek noise

Hello timosy, it would be helpfull if you can tell us your OS and did you install anything before this did happen? Also I would suggest to download Process Explorer from Microsoft page and tell us, which process make your hdd running that way.   

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I've got a Dell desktop that will not boot, gives the message Drive 0 Seek Failure.

I was able to boot to a linux disk and copy files, so the drive is spinning. I ran the built in Dell hard drive diagnostics, the hard drive passed. I also ran the Hitachi Drive Fitness test, and it passed.

I assume maybe it just needs some repair to the boot sector? Any suggestions what to try next?


Answer:Hard drive seek failure, does not boot

I've found now that if I press the F1 key after it gives the seek failure message, that it will then boot. My friend told me that it was a dual boot system. But I only see XP on it (and there is only one partition.)

When I open up Disk Management, it does not show a C: drive or system drive, only shows removable drives. And it continues to give the seek failure message.

Any suggestions what I need to do to get this back to normal?


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Hi all,

I was fooling around trying to limit access to hard drives for non admin accounts when this happened....

Next time i tried to start the computer it could not load any operating system. It came up with could not find NTLR, abort, retry, fail
or something similar.
I loaded it as a slave and the c: drive (on the affected drive) was listed in explorer, however when i clicked on it no files were listed. The hard drive has a partition (C; drive 9.9GB, D: 20ish GB)and i could access the d: drive fine. Paragon partition manager came up with the following info for the c: drive.

Paragon results.
Logical Disk (D (**in this case C: **)
Volume label:
File system:NTFS
Capacity:9.9 GB
10 659 930 624 Bytes
20 820 177 Sectors
Used by data:238.1 MB (2%) ***seems not to see Windows files**
249 725 440 Bytes
487 745 Sectors
Free space: 9.6 GB (98%)
10 410 205 184 Bytes
20 332 432 Sectors

It seems that there is no windows files or they are hidden.
Any suggestions? Has my hard drive had it
its not vital to get it back but there are a couple of things i would like to get if its not a hard fix.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: 'Hide and seek' hard drive

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Hello all,

newbie here, someone can help me out :). My desktop sudden won't turn on then I replace the power supply and power is back on however i see this message when screen boot up.

"Hard-disk drive failure
Diskette driver 0 seek failure"

press f1 to continue and f2 to enter SETUP. If i press F1 go back to the message above.

Dell Inspiron 530s desktop, window xp

many thanks

Answer:Hard-disk drive failure and diskette drive 0 seek failure

If you've verified that all devices are plugged in to power and the correct cable (ie floppy cable for floppy and ide/sata for HD), then it's possible that the power supply failing could have damaged the circuitry on the drives.

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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Computer is turning on fine but when windows is loaded up and my computer starts to load up my programs like my anti-virus all of a sudden my floppy drive light turns on and it also makes a quick noise. Anyone know what it could be? One of my friends said it was trying to open up a program that the computer thinks its in my floppy drive and that it was no biggie just annoyance but i dont know

Answer:floppy drive making a noise and light turnin on

Anyone know what it could be?It'll probably be your anti-virus checking to see if it needs to do a scan of any floppy disk that may be in the drive, as it starts up.If you look in the options, you may find you can disable such a scan. I seem to remember that this was particularly something that happened in Symantec/Norton.

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Hello out there woderful people!

I havn't had cause to log onto the site lately, but the last time i did you were all very helpfull.

My Seagate 1 Terabite external drive, started to flash earlier (long orange light) and my desktop would not recognize it anywhere.

I unplugged it and plugged it into my laptop.

I was then able to access and download the files that i needed. So far so good then. I then plugged the drive back into the desktop and it reverted back to flashing light /not being recognized mode which is what I expected.

When i plugged it back into the laptop for the second time, to access more info from the drive, i started to get the same symptom on this as well.

Have followed the instructions below, that I found on FixYa but the drive is still nowhere to be found in Device Manager.

“Right click "My Computer" >properties> hardware> device manager. Expand "disk drives". Right click your seagate drive and click uninstall. Reboot your computer; the drive should automatically be reinstalled”

Please help.

Many, many, thanks


Answer:Orange flashing light on Seagate external drive and OS not reconizing it.

Hi Ben1923,

I don't know the answer at the moment but would it be possible to use yet another computer to see if you can extract all your important data from the drive? Or if you have another external drive, copy the lot to this. Then format the Seagate drive giving it a different letter.

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I want to make a bios disc and I have a bunch of old floppy discs laying around though I'm pretty sure some of them are messed up or what not. Is there a way for me to scan them to see if they are in 100% working order or a way I can make them 100% working order so I can make an error free bios disc?

I mean I just inserted a floppy in the new floppy drive and keep in mind I'm making a bios disc. When I double clicked the floppy drive with the floppy in it. The drive said "The floppy disc is not formatted", and a menu popped up. I understand all of the stuff it says because most cannot be reset such as size, file system, and allocation unit size. But in the bottom of the menu it says format options:


The [ ] represents a check box. Remember I'm going to be using this as a bios disc so what do you all think I should pick? None?

Answer:How can I create an error free floppy disc with the floppy hard drive I bought?

You can use Quick Format. When you run the program to create the BIOS disk it will probably format the disk again before writing the bios files.

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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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This is a little different i guess but i got my laptop back from dell today all repaired from a fried motherboard. The problem i am experiencing is i removed my hard drive b4 i shipped it and after i reinstalled it, it works fine and loads and operates HOWEVER the HD Light next to the power, battery and wifi lights doesn't light up at all. and when i boot up the machine after the bios run and it does its POST before the OS loads, RAID kicks in detecting my hard drive then runs off it.

any idea how to get the light back on and for my hard drive to be detected properly???

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1721 has an AMD Athlon X2 64 bit processor, 3 gigs of ram, vista home premium

Answer:hard drive light stays off while hard drive runs

K, update on the situation. for a while the light on the hard drive came back on and worked normally, however when i got up this morning, the light wasn't flashing blinking or running. My SATA hard drive still operates boots up and runs, but it doesn't trigger the led light on it. any thoughts on this i could really use some insight

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I received Failure Imminent Warning on April 18, 2016  I don't know, but thought you might find this interesting. I have backed up my hard drive several times since the first warning.  I downloaded and used the Hard Drive Sentinel and it said that my hard drive "performance" was 100% (Excellent) but that it was about to fail and I had a "health" of "0" and zero days left before it failed, for several days in a row.  I have kept a daily log of what I have done and what warnings I keep getting over and over, since April 18, 2016.   (This is the second year in a row this has happened in the same month, but then went away for a year.) After a few days, on 5/1, for some inexplicable reason, when I turned on my computer and it booted up, I did not receive a full page warning or have to hit (F2 To continue) before I logged in.  Then the Hard Drive Sentinel came on the screen as it always does, and tells me that performance is 100% Excellent and the Health is 100% Excellent and that I have more than 100 days remaining on it, no problematic sectors and no data transfer errors and that NO Actions were Necessary!  Everything was just all of a sudden Hunky Dorey again!  It continued this way until... On 5/6 the Same Warning appeared again and continues to this day 5/10/16.  Hard Drive Sentinel says that it is the "seek error rate" = "indicates problem with the servo, high head temperatures can also cause this problem." Sinc... Read more

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Hi. Tonight I had a problem with my laptop. It was in sleeping mode, and when I open the lid there were no mouse function and no touch screen function. So the only thing I could do was to press the power button for 3 seconds to turn it off, but it didn't completely, because the screen turn off, but the power button light is blinking just like when it is on sleep mode, and I'm not sure if the hard drive light was on, off or blinking before this, but now is blinking. I press the power button and nothing happen, I press it for 3 seconds and nothing happen. I even did the HDMI connection to another monitor, but both monitors don't show anything, not even recognize that something is connected to the HDMI port in the new monitor. There is no sound, nothing, just the 2 blinking lights. What should I do? Thanks PS: I'm not sure if it's Windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit. It was upgraded from Windows 8

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally. I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive. I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine. edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?  

Answer:T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it. it helps.

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I am working on a friends computer and I have come up against a very interesting problem:

The computer is a Compaq Presario 5700T with a 13 gig HD and 256 RAM and it is... well, was running Windows 98 SE.

I tried like crazy to rescue the Windows 98 installation (if anyone knows a good program for that I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction for that) but I found that I could not and I had to Killdisk the HD. Now... here is the interesting part: Killdisk shows two different HD's but physically there is only one 13 gig HD. The first disk shows up as the 13 gig and the other phantom disk shows as a 7.5 gig. The 7.5 gig drive isn't a partition that I can tell because when I ran Partition Magic it did not detect a second drive and besides I wiped the 13 gig drive clean. Killdisk also shows two floppy drives but there is only one.

My questions are this:

1. Could this phantom floppy drive and second HD be a BIOS problem? If so, how do I correct that? (Getting into Compaq BIOS settings is harder than breaking into a vault) And can I backup the current BIOS in case an update fails?

2. I also need a reliable program (preferably free) to detect all of the hardware in this PC so I can install the proper drivers. HP has them on their site but this is a refurbished PC and I just cannot tell if the HP drivers will work or not.

3. Is there something that I am overlooking as a potential cause?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive and Floppy Drive

Compaq BIOS is F10 right after the "Compaq" flash screen.

I seem to remember there being an 8GB limit on harddrives at one time. Maybe the 7.5 ghost drive is a BIOS workaround.

It's been a very long time but I'm almost positive that Compaq Bios Updates automatically backup current settings to the floppy you use to update. You can later choose to restore. Also they do a check before updating to make sure you have the right version/disk. You can try it and abort at the last step if unsure.

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I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.

Answer:How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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I am building a new computer from scratch. It is has an Intel Motherboard, 1.8Ghz Pentium 4 Processor, 2 IDE Ports + 1 for the floppy drive, I have 4 External 5-1/4" slots, 2 External 3-1/2" slots and 3 internal 3-1/2" slots for hard drives. Here are my problems.

I had a Compaq Presario with a 5-1/4", 12gig Hard Drive. That motherboard went bad so I decided to build my own computer from scratch and everything was going fine until now. I took the 5-1/4" hard drive out and put it into my new case. It had Windows 98 on it and so I upgraded to Windows XP Professional. That solved many of my problems but I am still stuck with the following problems.

1. My Hard Drive Light on my Case which is suppose to light up when my hard drive is active, doesn't work. I can see a little green light on my hard drive itself light up but not on the front of the case where it is suppose to.

2. I decided that the 12Gig hard drive from my old system is a little too slow, so I bought a 40Gig, 7200 rpm Western Digital Caviar Drive. It is a 3-1/2" drive which I put into one of those internal drive bays. When I boot up, I go to CMOS by pressing F2 and then I go and see that the computer is recognizing it and it is. My problem is when I go to Windows and to "My Computer", it isn't there. I am sure it is something small that I am overlooking but I am new to this. I bought the hard drive as an OEM and it came with nothing. I am wondering what I need to do... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems

Hi sdh31873

Do not put both hard drives on the same string as the controller will default to the lowest speed hard drive. In fact I would think about getting rid of the old drive entirely as its age means that it should be very slow.

Have you tried turning the led HD connector to the motherboard over?

You can get an Promise PCI controller card that will allow you to add some extra IDE ports. The controller will show the devices on it to be D0, D1, D2 etc. It looks like a SCSI device to the system but hooks up IDE devices.

You need to FDISK and format a new hard drive before windows can see it.

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I just recently upgraded my friends computer to Windows XP Professional from ME. Everything is fine except that the computer will randomly access the "A:" drive for no apparent reason. It doesn't matter if there is a disk in there or not. The only variable that changed was the operating system. I've ruled out Norton's realtime protection, because Norton was there prior to the upgrade and the computer wasn't randomly trying to access the drive then. I've searched the forums and noticed a few (in 2002) had experienced the same problem, but no satisfactory solution was posted. Has anyone recently experienced this and found a solution? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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ok now it is really really starting to bug me!
every time that i log in to winXP some freaking programe access the floppy drive for some god know reason. its ***** anoying and i need it fixed! so PLEASE PLEASE help so dont go insane


Answer:random access of the floppy drive

unplug your floppy drive, that will stop it from accessing it.

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When I got this computer it would boot up normally but it was infected With XP Antivirus 2008, which disabled many control panel, start menu Functions. This system is WinXP Pro.

I put a start-up disk in the floppy but it wouldn?t boot. I did manage to Boot from the XP install disk and run the repair function, but it didn?t Help. I checked BIOS settings and made sure the floppy was the first boot device, it still wouldn?t boot from the floppy so I replaced it. Didn?t help so I replaced the floppy cable, still no help.

I removed power from the hard drive hoping to be able to boot from the Floppy, but it still didn?t work. I plugged the hard drive back in and tried To reboot normally but it couldn?t find the hard drive? replaced the ide Cable, that didn?t work either. Checking the BIOS the hard drive wasn?t
Listed in the boot devices. I reset the bios but that didn?t help either.

I checked the power supply and all voltages were present except the +3.3 Volts for the P-4 connector.

Any idea what could have caused this or a way to fix it?



Answer:Hard Drive & Floppy Drive

This is a very nasty infection/rootkit/virus that is wreacking havoc on many computers. I suggest going to the forum here that deals with infections, etc. to see what you can do to resolve your problem. Perhaps the moderators will move this to the correct forum.

Another excellent place is TechSpot - PC Technology News and Analysis They have a Security & the Web forum. Read their stickies in that forum.

Good luck.

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I have just fitted a second hard drive, and it isnt recognised by my bios set up. I also do not have a floppy drive on my machine to do fdisk once it is recognised.Any ideas pleeeaassseee???The pig

Answer:Second hard drive no floppy drive

give some further details someone might be able to help you.1) What kind of computer do you have - old, new?2) What size is the hard drive you are trying to install - is it new or second hand?If you could give some information it would help. Some older motherboards will not recognise drives over a certain size. etc. etc.Bodi

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Is it possible for me to replace my Floppy Drive with a new Hard Drive so I can get more space?

How much do Hard Drives usually cost for 100 Gigs?

Sorry, computer-noob here.

Answer:Floppy Drive to Hard Drive

No need to replace the floppy can add a hard drive for additional space.
Newegg is a decent site to get an idea on prices.


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put a spare ide hard drive in an external usb shows up in windows explorer as drive k but only for a second or two then keeps appearing and disappearing in windows explorer before i can access it to reformatdoes the same in my computer.does not appear in disk management.any ideas please.

Answer:flashing hard drive

What size of drive is it and where does it get its power (USB or separate supply)?

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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I just built a brand new system a couple months ago using a Rampage Extreme and a Q9650 Quad Core and XP Pro Service Pack 2. It has 2MB of RAM with an ASUS HD4890 video card. I have a bunch of games installed and some graphic utilities but not much more than that. It's mostly used for gaming and graphics. I installed AVAST home edition immediately after the first start up. Configured the system to Classic mode and patched everything up. It has two SATA2.0 320GB drives.

I have this very annoying problem. I have 2 other computers running XP Pro and none do this. I get a constant hard drive led flashing about once a second. I've installed and run "Process Explorer" and slowly went through all and suspended them and it keeps running. I ran an AVAST scan and nothing came up.

I do browse the internet frequently with this computer and I'm concerned that I picked up a trojan program and just can't detect it. I'm afraid of what it may be doing to my system. I need some help if someone can give it to me. I want to find out what is accessing the hard drive and remove it or shut it off.


Answer:Repost: Flashing Hard Drive LED

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Cookiegal said:

It doesn't appear to be malware related so I suggest you start a new thread in the XP forum.Click to expand...

I just built a brand new system several months ago with an ASUS Rampage Extreme, Q9650 Quad Core and XP Pro Service Pack 2. It has 2GB of RAM with an ASUS HD4890 video card. I have a bunch of games installed and some graphic utilities but not much more than that. It's mostly used for gaming and graphics. I installed AVAST home edition immediately after the first start up. Configured the system to Classic mode and patched everything up. It has two SATA2.0 320GB drives.

I have this very annoying problem. I have 2 other computers running exact same versions of XP Pro and none do this. I get a constant hard drive led flashing about once a second. I've installed and run "Process Explorer" and slowly went through all and suspended them and it keeps running. I ran an AVAST scan and nothing came up. I've also run every malware detector recommended here and found nothing.

I do browse the internet frequently with this computer and I was concerned that I picked up a trojan program but Cookiegal worked with me for quite a bit and said it isn't malware. I'm concerned about what it may be doing to my hard drive though and I would like some help if someone can give it to me. I want to find out what is accessing the hard drive constantly and shut it off if possible or make sure it's not a problem.

Scott... Read more

Answer:Constant Flashing Hard Drive LED

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Hey all,

I just installed a second hard drive on my computer with an eye toward installing linux on it. The installation went fine, but when I restarted my computer the "A" drive does not show up any where.

When I put a floppy in and go to "run, a:" it tells me that it has been renamed or removed.

No idea what could have caused it. I checked the cables and there is nothing unplugged.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

***Scratch that...I restarted and went to my bios, there was no floppy enabled, so I fixed it there.

Answer:New Hard drive = no floppy?

Check in the BIOS. Most likely something changed there. There are only 5-6 floppy-settings, on the first Standard page, and on the Advanced BIOS settings page.

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Hello everyone,

I am pretty good with computers and stuff, but I have been having a problem now for a few months trying to boot up an old 486-DX 100 HMz computer.

It is a hack computer, with rogue parts making it up. It used to work great when I set it up for my little sister to do school work on, but now it is goofed up. Real bad.

Its gutted right now, just a motherboard and power supply, etc. I have 2 seperate Winbond IDE controller cards, one of which I just picked up tonight while getting a brand new Flopp Disk drive. A few of the primary specs of the new controller are:

Winbond IDE/Floppy Controller
Winbond Chip - W3758P

Data Technology Chips
DTC2278VL and DTC-805

The old card is an almost exact duplicate, differing in that it offers two IDE pinouts rather than one

I have been thru the BIOS extensively, and it should realistically be working just fine with the specifics entered. It is an AMIBIOS 1994 model. Specs as follows:

AMI 486 Vesa Green Bios (v. B)

Processor gives a screen output of:
i486 DX 4 - 100 MHZ CPU

Ok, so heres the problem (if you have made it this far, thanks).
I am trying to get this thing up and running again. I know the motherboard is in good shape, and I have a good idea that my IDE cards are as well. When I turn it on, however, the Drive Light stays on, and the cylinder rotates to no end. I have a brand new Dick Drive, and am getting the same problems.

If I switch the input of the Floppy Cable (flip it around) the drive stays idle, as if ... Read more

Answer:Floppy Drive - Light Stays "On", while Cylinder Spins - Can you help?

Alright, Id like to thank absolutely nobody for even looking at my thread! However, as usual, I have used the awesome power of my incredible brain, and found my own answer to my first question.
Now I have a second. I am using an old as f-uck floppy cable. So old that in fact, it has the card slots for 5 and a half inch Drives. The slots are throwing off my BIOS, automatically taking the place of Drive A. In turn, i must assign my Floppy to Drive B.

My BIOS Options do not have the possibility of setting a boot sequence for B, C or B, A, C or anything else. Only A, C or C, A.

I doubt any of you would know, but can I get away with cutting off the old card slots on the cable? Since noone has posted any replies to my last question, and from what I have gathered from scouting old posts, I assume noone knows. Im probably dealing with some amateur-at-best class programmers.

I know someone on here has to be Nerd enough to know. And Nerds not an insult, so dont go gettin all uppity, please. Im plenty freakin Nerd myself!

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Question: Hard Drive Light!

It seems in windows my hard drive is ALWAYS being accessed! My HDD light keeps flashing, even when the computer is sitting idle! I have the following processed running:

System Idle Process

Yes, thats right, four svchosts! Anyways, this hard drive access is real annoying! It slows down my computer a lot! It seems that in linux, my hard disk light only flashes when I'm actually doing something, but it's always flashing in windows.

How do I get my hard drive to stop being accessed. I want to play my video games at fast speeds, without hard drive access slowing me down.

AMD Opteron 146
512MB DDR PC2700
2x40G Maxtor Hard Drives
XFX Geforce 6600 GT

Answer:Hard Drive Light!

It could be the symptoms of a virus infection,suggest you run this free online scan

The four svchosts are quite normal ......

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Question: Hard Drive Light

In my Acer system, the hard drive light had been on constantly (but flickering) since I booted up this morning. The system also seems very slow today. What could be causing this and what can be done to make the hard drive stop running?

Answer:Hard Drive Light

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Here's the details:

I have error checked and defragged it, ran antispyware and virus programs but it still doesn't get rid of the light. However, it does go off when I enter standby mode and go out of it. I have Win XP Home with a 4 year old Western Digital HD.

Answer:Hard Drive LED light always on

whats your processor speed and how much ram do you have?

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Everything seems fine with my computer after reformatted HD and reinstalling Win98 except my HD light is ao all the time. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard Drive Light Always On

did you open up the computer and remove wires, etc. Could be the wires are on backwards, other than that, I am not sure

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Question: hard drive light

hi, i have just rebuilt my system, i have a new model number makes unimportant for my question, i am only use to my compaq where everything has dedicated leads and plugs, so this is a little new to me, right my niggle.the new case has a fan at the front, which doubles as the power light, this is connected to the fan control on my psu, when the temps rise the fans increase, this is all working fantastically, the problem i have is on the new mobo the front panel connector is a 9 pin standard l shape1st pin - not used2nd & 3rd power switch4th & 5th reset6th & 7th power led (heres the problem, im guessing, nothing to plug in here)8th & 9th hdd lightso everything is connected by 2 pin spade connectors, except the power led, and the problem is i dont have the hdd activity light, i think because the circuit is open,my question: can i put a jumper over the power led pins and will this make the hdd light work?or blow the mobo? it's something i can live without, it's just the one niggle my first build has.many thanksadam

Answer:hard drive light

'i have a new motherboard model number unimport...'

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Even when Task Manager and Resource Monitor show no disk activity, my hard drive light won't go off. My computer has two hard drives, a 250 and a 1 TB. The 250 has Windows 8, the 1 TB has Windows 7.

If I boot into 7, it's fine.

The light is fine as the computer is doing pre-OS loading but it seems like once Windows 8 gets control of the drive, the light won't turn off.

Answer:Hard Drive Light Won't Go Off

I have a single drive in my computer, and since installing Windows 8, the drive activity light blinks at approximately two second intervals, continuously. It did not do this under XP.

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My processor recently crashed, so I installed a new one. I decided to upgrade the fan while I was at it. Since then, the computer runs like a champ. However, if the computer goes into standby and I bring it out of it, the hard drive light is constantly solid and the computer responds much slower every now and then. If I restart the computer, the problem goes away until it goes into standby again. I've ran a virus scan, did a check disk, and double-checked the connections. Anyone have any idea what could cause this? I'm stumped.

I'm running a Pentium D processor, Asus P5LP-LE motherboard, and Windows XP.

Answer:Hard Drive Light Always On

Right click the Task Bar and choose Task Manager. Go to the Processes tab, see what program is using the most CPU usage when it is running slow. Disable or uninstall if you don't need it.

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I recently installed a Western Digital SATA 250gig HD on my E-Machine W3107 as a secondary drive. I needed an adapter since this machine has an IDE cable and the original (main) drive is IDE. After installing and formatting, everything is working properly (to my knowledge), but the HD light is always on. I've adjusted my pagefile (since I also upgraded my RAM from 512meg to 2gig) so that on the main drive, it's set to 3-4gig and 4-5gig on the secondary (WD) drive. I have also gone into "msconfig" and stopped all non-windows processes to no avail. Is there something else that might fix this, or should I even worry about it? Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Hard-Drive light always on

you're going to need a massive amount of free space to support that size
swap file. After setting the new size, the system is going to mung the HD
to make it active ... it may take a long time.

suggest you reset it to something more reasonable,
shutdown most services,
disconnect from the Net,
and defrag the volume.

then resize as you please and reboot.

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hi all
my son- in -law has a pc, a packard bell installed with xp home edition,and it has been working fine for 12 months, but now the hard drive light is on all the time, he can still use the pc all be it has slowed down some what, could anybody sugest a possible diagnostic test that we could download to test what could be the cause,
he has 2x 512mg of ram and its 2.9 ghz
many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:hard drive light

First check in Task Manager (processes tab - click on "CPU" to order the % of use highest to lowest) to see what application is hogging the CPU, it *might* be the same one that is causing the HDD activity.

I would also suspect a trojan or other malware as a possibility.

Also make sure that the HDD actually has useable space left (My Computer - select drive with right click - Properties)

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The light on my tower unit is continously on,or sometimes constantly flicking on and off very rapidly the one that tells you that the hard drive is doing something. I've not noticed this light being on continously before and the computer is responding very slowly and often freezes. I'm not sure what is causing it, I've looked in my start up list from msconfig but I couldn't pin anything there down

Can anyone enlighten me as to what is doing this?


Answer:hard drive light always on

i think ur hard disk space is extremely slow
try 2 get a new one and add it to the old one
because the old one is taking too much stress

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I sat down today to find out why I couldn't awaken my hard drive after finding it asleep. It is set to never sleep. After a manual shutdown and upon boot up, the hard drive light went out within a few seconds of the appearance of the desktop. Just before the light went out I could move the cursor, but the boot up process never completes and the cursor can no longer be moved after it goes out. I tried this three or four times with the same result. I run xp pro on that machine which is a six or seven year old hp, I don't know the processor type. Any help is appreciated.

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I have a Toshiba external 1TB hard drive. It shows up as Local Disc in computer but clicking on it make the Windows Explorer box not respond. I have tried uninstalling/updating the the driver in device manager however it just endlessly uninstalling/updates. I have tried using chkdisc in cmd however nothing happens. I have tried unplugging everything except the external drive however this does nothing. I have tried using disc manager however it gets stuck at "Connecting to Virtual Disc Service". I have tried several Partition Recoverytools and all of them do not work. I cannot disable it in Device Manager. Clicking populate on the Volumes tab of the properties causes the properties to not respond.

Please help. I have tried everything that I could find.


Answer:My external hard drive is always flashing and will not work.

"...Connecting to Virtual Disc Service.." I don't understand what a Virtual Disc Service is.
What does this ext HD do in another computer? And, you have already tried Safe Mode on this computer, correct?

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I am going to look at a friend's pc tonight who has recently done a restore but now cannot save to floppy or hard drive. Any ideas what the problem could be and how to fix it????

Answer:Hard drive & floppy problem

No, not really. Need an awful lot more info to be able to offer anything. What computer spec is it? What O/S? How was the restore done, eg. was it a system restore or a complete restore back to when first bought etc.....?

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My system: Home built Windows XP Pro, Abit AN7 motherboard, AMD Athlon XP 2500+, 1 gig DDR 2100 RAM, 200gig Seagate HD, 200 gig WD HD, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, ATI RADEON 8500DV AIW, Creative Audigy 2, Antec 420watt True Power PSU.
A few days ago I started having problems when I would reboot. It would take several tries before I could boot into XP. It kept getting worse until I could not longer boot into XP at all. The video would corrupt (vertical stripes) and then it would freeze. Well, I thought maybe I had a virus, so I tried to boot from a KNOPPIX Live Linux CD, and it did the same thing. I then thought maybe it was the video card or the drivers, so I tried the card in another computer and it worked fine. Then I thought maybe the motherboard was bad, so I replaced it with a new ABIT AN7. I had a Gigabyte board before. Even after replacing the MB, I still cannot boot from the hard drive or cd although the video is no longer corrupted. I have also tried disconnecting everything and trying different memory to no avail. The POST is fine and I can get into the BIOS fine, it's after that when the trouble starts. When I try to boot from the cd or hard drive, it will start to load even taking me to the XP safe mode menu, but no matter what selection I make, it will hang once it starts to load. Same thing with the KNOPPIX CD and with MANDRAKE MOVE live CD. I tried disconnecting the HD's and just boot from the CD, still doesn't work. I have tried to reinstall XP, but i... Read more

Answer:Can't boot from cd or hard drive or floppy!

Welcome to TechSpot
When you change motherboards, you will have to re-install from scratch. It will never start your old Windows from a new mobo.
Your new mobo may also need a BIOS-update to recognize harddisks of that size.
In either case, take the Audigy card out, then try again. When asked for SCSI-drivers etc. you may need to press F6 and install special drivers for those HDs.

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This week I noticed my hard drive light is always on. It used to be predictable with the computer slowing when the light was on during certain operations and then normal speed when the light was off. There is no noticeable slowdown. 24GB of 40GB western digital drive is free. I compared running processes with another similar machine and all were explainable or mandatory. I've run adaware and cleaned up, defrag regularly.

Could the light mean the drive has a problem or is a mystery process doing something to me?

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I feel kind of Dumb, because I can not find what the flashing Hard Drive Indicator light means. It has never flashed before, but now is flashing on and off constantly. Any directions on what to do or where to go look would be appreciate. Thank you

Answer:Hard drive indicator light on H50-55

Hi, welcome to the forum
I'm sorry but I don't know much about the H50-55 model. The only thing that I know with my personal experience is that a constat flashing on the HDD activity is common since Windows 7. On my PCs the light is aways flashing every one or two second, maybe the strange thing will to be it always on. Maybe that is why some latptops are starting to remove the HDD light indicator.
My only will guess will be for you to check the support site for the Lenovo H50-55 and get any firmware update from the site. But it is only a guess.
Note to Moderator: Please move this thread to the Lenovo H50 forum if you think it applies.

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Hi all,
Recently upgraded my memory from 1GB ddr2 (533MHz 2x512mb) TO 4GB 6400 Crucial Ballistic and initally had problems could only use 3GB wouldnt boot with the 4GB read some forums
and had to reduce 800mhz to 667mhz. Now it recognised the 4GB but still was crashing so having spoken to crucial they advised upping the memory voltage. so it was at 1.8v (AUTO) increased to 2.085v. Seemed to working fine trouble is ever since my messing in BIOS the hard drive light is on constanly and making in use noises. Should i be concerned?

Have turned off search indexing, disabled bit torrent, done a memory test was good
done scandisk no problems found. I think the voltage may have changed something?? everything else is on auto.vcore, nb core, vcore offset.
Anyone know whats wrong?
Also i downloaded the lastest motherboard drivers from nvidia 15.08 and when its installed my Hitachi hard drive comes up in safely remove hardware! So i changed
it back to the previous version 15.00

I have Asus P5N-E Sli nforce 650i mobo, Core 2 Duo E6400
Vista home premium 32 Bit

Would appreciate any help thanks!

Answer:Hard drive light on constantly

Look at the board on the ASUS website. It tells you which memory is acceptable, and which is not. Those ASUS people are verrry particular.

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Hello. Not sure if this is a hardware or software problem but here goes. This is an eMachines D4362, P4 3.0 GHz, 1 Ghz RAM, Windows XP Home SP2. A week or so ago I noticed that after the computer runs for an hour or so it starts locking up, and the hard drive light stays on continuously. Also after this occurs, it will not shut down (locks on "Windows is shutting down"). A manual restart corrects the problem, but it reoccurs after a period of time. What I have done so far:
Ran malware removal as per MajorGeeks Malware Forum. Found and removed a few items. All scans now come up clean. A Seagate diagnostics program indicated that the hard drive was bad, so I replaced it with a new one, the problem seems better (computer runs faster and doesn't lock up as much) but eventually the hard drive light stays on continuously, it slows down, and begins to lock up. I opened up the case, blew out some dust, removed the HS and CPU and reinstalled with thermal gel as per Arctic Silver instructions. Added a pci slot fan, ensured that all fans (have 3 now) are running ok. Monitored temperatures with Speedfan. CPU temperature normally runs in the mid 40's, occasionally may reach low to mid 50's.
When the hard drive light is on continuously I have looked at Task Manager. CPU usage is very low (0 to 2%). I have terminated all of the processes that I could, makes no difference. The only thing I can do is manually shut down (Using the power button).
At this point I am at ... Read more

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..... yet nothing showing on the screen.

Just had an anguished cry for help from a friend of mine:

"Whilst putting all the new wires etc in the back of the old PC for my daughter, the tower fell on its side. It stayed on. It is still powering up but the Hard Drive light is on permanently and nothing is showing on the monitor. I have restarted and powered off and up again but it is still the same. HELP !!!"

I don't know much about the system, other than it is a fairly old Athlon XP of indeterminate size. It runs XP Pro.

Anyone have any solutions/suggestions? If so I would be immensely grateful!



Answer:Hard drive light permanently on....

You need to get inside it and check both the power and data cables on the back of the hard drive and the data cable to the mobo to see if they are seated properly!!!

It may be best to pull the plugs out and refit them to make sure!!!!

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I came home Saturday night around 3am to look at my computer monitor led yellow. I knew something was wrong. I have tried to replace the battery on the mother board swapped the motherboard tried switching the video card slots everything. I am left clueless. I am not very experienced in working on computers so any help would be greatly appreciated. I am going to try replacing my video card next. I have also tried plugging a different hard drive in and it still makes no beeps or anything on power up but I know it is getting power because the fan is working. The Hd LED is SOLID RED!!

Answer:Constant Hard Drive Led Light on

if u get no beeps, try flashing the bios. look in your mobo's manual how to do it. it should be shortin some pins using the jumper provided there. if that doesnt work, try takin out the ram. if your comp starts beeping that means its the ram thats the problem. check your mobo for any bulging capacitors. or said you changed your mobo. if you have any pci cards plugged in, take them out and also disconnect all ide or sata devices so you only have the cpu, video card and memory plugged in...if that doesnt work, like i already said, start by removing the ram first...if no beeps are heard, proceed to the video card...if it still doesnt work, change the power supply...if again, doesnt work, remove the cpu and if u have another one, try installing it. wish you the best of luck

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I just purchased a T 61 14" screen loaded with faster processor, turbo boast 4 mg ram and vista ultimate. Even when I am doing nothing on the computer the hard drive continues to flash and it stays warm. Should the HD run constantly even if nothing is being loaded. I went to a friend of mine who disabled some things in systems confiq but that shut down other features like the think advantage button and its activity. Vista seems awful slow booting up and shutting down compared to my home computer with XP pro........any ideas.........I am a noob.thanks

Lenovo T61T9300 @ 2.50GHz4 GB MemWindows Vista Ultimate

Answer:Blinking hard drive light

It is probably Vista indexing everything on the hard drive so it can search faster. You can either shut off the indexing service or give it a couple days to settle down. Once it is finished indexing it will speed up.

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I have my hard drives set to shut off after 2 hours in Power Options in Windows XP sp1. Many times when i come to use my computer after being away from it for 8-10 hours, I'll notice the hard drive light flicking as though there were major harddrive use going on, but no programs running, and i haven't touched the computer the harddrive should be shut down.
Any thoughts on why this is?

Answer:Hard-drive light on when should be asleep...

I would check for virus and spyware, also disable norton.
Also check the APM power management settings in your BIOS.

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Hello. Not sure if this is a hardware or software problem but here goes. This is an eMachines D4362, P4 3.0 GHz, 1 Ghz RAM, Windows XP Home SP2. A week or so ago I noticed that after the computer runs for an hour or so it starts locking up, and the hard drive light stays on continuously. Also after this occurs, it will not shut down (locks on "Windows is shutting down"). A manual restart corrects the problem, but it reoccurs after a period of time. What I have done so far:
Ran malware removal as per MajorGeeks Malware Forum. Found and removed a few items. All scans now come up clean. A Seagate diagnostics program indicated that the hard drive was bad, so I replaced it with a new one, the problem seems better (computer runs faster and doesn't lock up as much) but eventually the hard drive light stays on continuously, it slows down, and begins to lock up. I opened up the case, blew out some dust, removed the HS and CPU and reinstalled with thermal gel as per Arctic Silver instructions. Added a pci slot fan, ensured that all fans (have 3 now) are running ok. Monitored temperatures with Speedfan. CPU temperature normally runs in the mid 40's, occasionally may reach low to mid 50's.
When the hard drive light is on continuously I have looked at Task Manager. CPU usage is very low (0 to 2%). I have terminated all of the processes that I could, makes no difference. The only thing I can do is manually shut down (Using the power button).
At this point I am ... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Light on Continuously

Hello. Not sure if this is a hardware or software problem but here goes. This is an eMachines D4362, P4 3.0 GHz, 1 Ghz RAM, Windows XP Home SP2. A week or so ago I noticed that after the computer runs for an hour or so it starts locking up, and the hard drive light stays on continuously. Also after this occurs, it will not shut down (locks on "Windows is shutting down"). A manual restart corrects the problem, but it reoccurs after a period of time. What I have done so far:
Ran malware removal as per MajorGeeks Malware Forum. Found and removed a few items. All scans now come up clean. A Seagate diagnostics program indicated that the hard drive was bad, so I replaced it with a new one, the problem seems better (computer runs faster and doesn't lock up as much) but eventually the hard drive light stays on continuously, it slows down, and begins to lock up. I opened up the case, blew out some dust, removed the HS and CPU and reinstalled with thermal gel as per Arctic Silver instructions. Added a pci slot fan, ensured that all fans (have 3 now) are running ok. Monitored temperatures with Speedfan. CPU temperature normally runs in the mid 40's, occasionally may reach low to mid 50's.
When the hard drive light is on continuously I have looked at Task Manager. CPU usage is very low (0 to 2%). I have terminated all of the processes that I could, makes no difference. The only thing I can do is manually shut down (Using the power button).
At this point I am ... Read more

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I just got done building up a computer
2.53 ghz P4
MSI 645E max MB
256 2700 ddr
80 gig Maxtor hd
cheapy sound card? (Philips)
64 meg Radeon grafics card
Win 98

My hard drive light is staying on and there's BSOD every once in awhile.
Wherre do I start to find and fix this problem??? Thanks

Answer:Hard drive light stays on

If you have just built your computer then make sure that the HDD-Led-Wire is attached to the right pins on the motherboard or HDD-controller.

If you write down the error message written on the BSOD then it will give a better start off point. But if done a clean install of windows then you probably need to check for new BIOS- or Driver- updates for your motherboard, display-adapter, network-adapter, soundcard etc. And the list of check points continues here:

Btw. an awful big machine to run Win98 on

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Due to major boot-up problems, I had to remove my primary hard drive, copy the data onto another drive abd then re-instal it.I then returned the drive to factory settings and updated via shedloads of Windows XP updates.Everything seems fine but ...... the hard drive light is permanently full on. I don't hear any activity but the light is on throughout boot-up and never goes out after boot completes.Any ideas ?

Answer:Hard Drive Light Permanently On

Check all hard drive cable fittings. Also check that graphics card is firmly seated.

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After a reboot my pc runs OK, but after 10-15 minutes it seems to get unresponisve and I notice the hard drive light is on like it is downloading something, even if I am not connected to internet. When I do connect to internet, it freezes a lot.

Answer:why does my hard drive light keep blinking?

Press CTRL/ALT/DEL to bring up taskmanager and check what processes are running that are taking up the CPU.Whatever is running is accessing the harddrive and the usual culprit is antivirus scanning.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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My Pc's Hard Drive power LED light stays on. It started doing this shortly after I did a complete HD re-format and install of Win XP.
Is this just a coincidence?
The drive only makes noises when accessed for a read or write function, otherwise there is no noise from the drive, even though the LED stays on.
It never did this before!
Is this something that needs to be corrected? How?
Starting in Safe Mode has the same results--LED stays on.
Thanks for any help.

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I have an Acer Extensa laptop, with an AMD Turion 64 x 2 (1.9 GHz 2 x 512 KB L2 cache), with 2 GB DDR2 Ram. Upon startup, there is a blue screen for about four minutes, then is "OK". This laptop of mine is very slow. My HDD indicator is active for a very long time, up to 20 minutes after startup. I've used Lavasoft, Spyzooka, and CCleaner to name a few to help detect trojans and viruses, but cannot be detected by these applications I just mentioned. CA antivirus cannot detect anything after a complete scan. Is there someting that can be done about this, without having this professionally serviced in the shop? Your response would be greatly appreciated. Here is my HiJackThis log file if this is of any help:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:57:18 AM, on 10/30/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BtTray.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\cctray\cctray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Spam\QSP-5.1.... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive light keeps blinking..

This will stop the constant HDD activity:

I did this right after purchasing my new pc a few weeks ago and have not had any problem like it since and can still use the search feature in Exployer. I also use File Seeker if I think the search isn't yielding what I want.

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