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Old 12-23-2010, 09:16 AM
jon w jon w is offline
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Question hard drive keeps ticking

I just installed Protools 8 LE on a Windows XP system. The installation seems to be OK. But the hard drive never stops ticking, as if it was reading and writing something. The program wmiprvse.exe shows some processor use. Did several restarts, but the problem persists. problem exists when Mbox is plugged in and not plugged in.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:50 AM
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Default Re: hard drive keeps ticking

If you uninstall ProTools from the Add/Remove Programs... does the problem go away ?

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Old 12-23-2010, 10:20 AM
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Sounds like the drive may be gettin ready to R.I.P.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:02 PM
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Default Re: hard drive keeps ticking

That sounds exactly to what my friend hdd was starting to do. He decided to make back ups of all the video editing he was doing that was stored on that drive. Sure thing enough the next day the HDD died.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: hard drive keeps ticking


This may sound obvious but do you have the disk space/usage window popup on screen?

That thing causes constant disk access - I suppose that's by design but I think it kind of over does it. It cycles through all my drive partitions several times a second. Not something you want happening when you're also reading and recording from the drives.

If you do, then try closing it.

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Old 12-24-2010, 02:01 AM
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Default Re: hard drive keeps ticking

Before you spend too much time troubleshooting, I strongly suggest to buy a new drive, install XP and install PT on the new drive at this point. If the current drive fails and dies, then you will have no choice but to do this anyways and if you do this now, you can save any data that might be on this drive now from this point. Usually a ticking sound indicates the drive is trying to read and/or write and the head is not reading the sector which in short means the drive is dying.
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