Windows 10: external hard drives impacting startup performance

  1.    23 Jan 2016 #1

    external hard drives impacting startup performance


    My PC performance with Windows 10 is very good except when it isn't :)

    One of the things that is perplexing me is that my external hard drives seem to be impacting my startup performance. Following start up Task Manager performance tab shows one of my external drives (G) working at nearly 100% and the noisy disk drive suggests that it is working hard. The disk transfer rate also indicates movement between the PC and the drive. This is despite Drive G being used only as a storage/backup device with no automated actions configured. Yesterday Drive G became very hot as a result.

    If I disconnect Drive G, my second external hard drive Drive F takes its place and task manager shows the same activity as previously shown on G. If both drives are connected F shows no activity.

    Can anybody explain what is going on. All feedback will be very greatly appreciated
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  2.    24 Jan 2016 #2

    Do you have your AV set to scan external drives upon connection?
    Still that wouldn't cause a drive to become "hot".
    Did your laptop come with W10 installed? Have you removed all unnecessary Acer bloatware?
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  3.    24 Jan 2016 #3

    simrick said: View Post
    Do you have your AV set to scan external drives upon connection?
    Still that wouldn't cause a drive to become "hot".
    Did your laptop come with W10 installed? Have you removed all unnecessary Acer bloatware?
    I don't know, I don't think so, I will check
    I have removed a lot of bloatware but probably not all, I shall have a look and see what else I can get rid of

    I am currently looking at Control Panel/Hardware and Sound in case that has something to do with it. I have Autoplay for all devices ticked, I will try unticking

    Thanks for the ideas
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  4.    24 Jan 2016 #4

    tankbuster said: View Post
    I don't know, I don't think so, I will check
    I have removed a lot of bloatware but probably not all, I shall have a look and see what else I can get rid of

    I am currently looking at Control Panel/Hardware and Sound in case that has something to do with it. I have Autoplay for all devices ticked, I will try unticking

    Thanks for the ideas
    You're welcome. If you want to research this more, we'd have to employ Task Manager and probably Process Explorer for clues.
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       24 Jan 2016 #5

    Everytime Windows has to boot up. It has to index any files on connected drives.

    If the drive is making a lot of noise. That is a sign that it is failing.
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  6.    25 Jan 2016 #6

    bro67 said: View Post
    Everytime Windows has to boot up. It has to index any files on connected drives.

    If the drive is making a lot of noise. That is a sign that it is failing.
    Thanks for your thoughts. My thoughts follow.
    1. That means that this happens everytime I boot up and has always done so. Possible. I only investigated because startup was getting a bit slow.
    2. The flaw in what you say is that my G drive is showing 99% capacity for a good 5 minutes or so after boot up but my second external drive F does not show anything other than a very minor recognition for a second. If I disconnect G than F takes over as the 99% which suggests that it is not a drive problem.
    3. If I am worried about it I could just disconnect both drives and just plug them in when I need them

    Thanks again, your input is apprceiated
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