Why does my MBP access the hard drive so much more in Windows 7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kuykee, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. kuykee macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    When I'm booted in OS X I hardly ever hear the hard drive clicking or reading information off the disk directly after booting. But when booting into Windows 7 the hard drive clicks and reads and makes noise a lot more often.

    Is this something to do with the design of Windows? Like... the way data is organised on an NTFS disk/fragmentation etc? I run Defraggler pretty often, although often in Quick Defrag mode.

    Anyway, it was just a question, and probably a matter of operating system resource efficiency right? I.e. OS X is somehow more 'efficient' or loads crucial system files into RAM somehow better? I'm not sure, just speculating

    What do you guys think/know/speculate?
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Windows does run defragmentation in the background, but not continuously.

    Anyways I find Windows to be more efficient than OS X. The former usually feels a lot faster in every application I use.
  3. noiseordinance macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    You can reduce a lot of the drive access by disabling drive indexing. This is the most likely culprit. You can also turn off defrag scheduling, and just run it when you need it.

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