Constant hard drive activity

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by weenerdog, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. weenerdog macrumors member

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    My 2010 MBP has been bugging me for a while now. Whenever I login I have about 5 startup items (just little menu bar apps that monitor temperature etc.) that open. After they have opened my hard drive keeps making noise for about 10 minutes after startup. It seems to be constantly working and clicking for quite a while until it settles down and stops. I open Safari as soon as I login and this can sometimes take about 10 seconds to open if I don't wait for about a minute after login. Also it can be quite unresponsive when opening many tabs just after login and I suspect the hard drive is causing this. I also have boot camp installed if this helps.

    So why is my hard drive working flat out for ages after login (and slowing down my computer)? I can hear it quite audibly and I never used to be able to hear the hard drive on my old macbook. Is this normal?

    Thanks ;)
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Check to see if Spotlight is indexing. You can also determine if it's indexing by the Menu Bar icon:
    [​IMG] (not indexing) [​IMG] (indexing)
     
  3. weenerdog thread starter macrumors member

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    Just checked and spotlight doesn't appear to be indexing. This is what activity monitor says about my disk activity (it fluctuates a lot):

    Data Read: 752.5mb
    Data Written: 158.7mb
    Data Read/sec: 11.9mb
    Data Written/sec: 1.8mb

    Is this normal? Is there a way to figure out what it is doing?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Looks pretty normal, depending on what you have running.
     

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