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08-22-2008

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Blinking hard drive light

2008-08-24, 1:07 AM

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.

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T9300 @ 2.50GHz
4 GB Mem
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11-20-2007

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Re: Blinking hard drive light

2008-08-24, 2:07 AM
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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09-20-2008

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Re: Blinking hard drive light

2008-09-20, 2:17 AM

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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.

 

Although that's a valid assumption, there's a thread at the following forum from T400 owners who are experiencing the same issue on both XP SP2/SP3 and Vista machines.  We've all disabled indexing on the drives, disabled System Restore, have all the latest drivers, uninstalled ALL 3rd party software and anti-virus suites, and even have power management to spin down the hdd, but it seems to always maintain a level of activity.  Does Lenovo know about this?  The HDD light flickers approximately once per second, very consistently.  Am I incorrect to assume the HDD light reflects only HDD activity.

 

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=300595

 

 

 

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01-05-2008

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Re: Blinking hard drive light

2008-09-20, 8:45 AM

Hello,

 

Vista has also got a superfetch service, that is continuosly 

accessing hdd to get full responsivness.

A suggestion is: Patience and let Vista do his activities, may be over one or two nights, leaving it alone.

 

A further suggeston is to install ThinkVantage Power Manager utility,

which will give the option of enabling "power saving" mode on the optical drive.

 

Regards

Andreas

Message Edited by Agotthelf on 09-20-2008 11:39 AM

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