I have no idea how it happend, but suddenly the system harddisc on my good old Windows 7 machine went crazy. After some exploration with Resource Manager (PID: 4 – System was the bad guy) and browsing the internet I stumbled across an article about Prefetch and Superfetch.
Some time later, after checking out the configuration of these two values in my registry, I decided to limit the fetching to the startup time. Different settings for this entries can be found here:
And finally after rebooting, my harddisc goes quiet again. Still have no idea what the cause of that problem was still the values in the registry been the default values. Maybe some Windows Update lately, that expected me to suddenly have an SSD in my old machine 😉
Maybe someone finds this useful.
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