HD activity on PB never stops!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by danman, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    I've got one of these lovely, solid Alu powerbooks, thats is proving a great machine, but...

    I have had a niggling problem that bugs me more than it being a terminal problem:

    1) Running XBench (I know, I Know) renders lower performance figures for my Hard Drive than any posted on the site. I only got the 4200rpm drive, and may upgrade it to a faster drive when the warranty is out, but I -really- notice swap delays on this machine.

    2) The Hard drive is -always- active, and never sleeps. I have 768Mb RAM, and if not running any apps, I would have thought there would be room to spin down occasionally!

    Various disk tools report no problems with the drive, and even Activity Monitor reports no disk access when I can patently hear the head moving repaeatedly... so whats up? any ideas?
     
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    DavidLeblond

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    Is it like a ticking sound, kinda like a clock? (ie tick...tick...tick...) ... If so, check to see if a program like DatabaseDaemon is running. If it is, I think you can kill it... this is some Microsoft thing probably related to Office or Office TestDrive or something.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Tha little bugger was there, and I've killed it.. thanks..

    The sound though, was more of a semi-regular 'zeeeeep' noise, like the heads moving a fair distance. Occuring roughly every 4 or 5 seconds. In between there is a very gentle click-click-click, like the heads stepping.

    Don't know If ill ever get to the bottom of this.

    Has anyone else out there got a ALU 15" 4200rpm 80Gb drive that I could compare some Xbench scores with (whilst being sure it is that config of drive, which you can't tell on the XBench site??)

    Thanks again David.

    (Edit: Added XBench scorecard)
     

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    7on

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    you sure it's the hdd? could be a chip used in the powermacs that everynow and then zeeps.
     

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