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Re: vmware workstation is beating up my disk!



On Mon, 15 Jan 2007 18:20:30 -0800, Lonni J Friedman wrote
> On 1/15/07, Matthew Saltzman <mjs ces clemson edu> wrote:
> > On Mon, 15 Jan 2007, Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> >
> > > On 1/15/07, Kam Leo <kam leo gmail com> wrote:
> > >> On 1/15/07, Lonni J Friedman <netllama gmail com> wrote:
> > >> > On 1/15/07, David Timms <dtimms iinet net au> wrote:
> > >> > > Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> > >> > > > Anyone else running VMWare workstation in FC6 (x86)?  I've noticed
> > >> > > > that whenever vmware is running (WinXP), the disk is getting polled
> > >> > > > every other second non-stop.  it sounds like little men are marching
> > >> > > > around its so loud & annoying.  Its not a memory/swap thing as I've
> > >> > > > got 3GB of RAM, and vmware has access to a large chunk of it.
> > >> > > The host might be running beagle indexing ?
> > >> >
> > >> > only when vmware is running?  btw, its not, i don't even have beagle
> > >> installed.
> > >> >
> > >> > > Does top or win process manager list any interesting items ?
> > >> >
> > >> > nope
> > >> >
> > >> > > How much memory do you have assigned to the vmguest ?
> > >> >
> > >> > about 2.1GB
> > >> >
> > >> > > Is the win machine set to not do windows updates etc ? {or office
> > >> indexing}
> > >> >
> > >> > office isn't installed, but it does have windows update set to run
> > >> > automagically.  but i really doubt that's the issue, as the disk
> > >> > polling is non-stop all the time, and windows update isn't always
> > >> > doing stuff.
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >> Windows disk defragmentation or file indexing enabled?
> > >
> > > I've not enabled them explicitly.  I didn't think that either was
> > > possible in the background in XP.  If it is, I'm not even sure where
> > > to look for it?
> >
> > Typing CTRL-ALT-DEL in Windows brings up a process manager window.  You
> > can browse that and see if you can detect the culprit process.
> 
> I tried this, but windows only shows CPU process usage, not disk, and
> there are no offenders anyway.  Any other ideas?
> 

To see whether XP is file indexing, go into exploerer, right click on the C:
drive, and goto the properties, and check to see whether the "index this
drive" is ticked. (Should be seein in one of the tabs, not running windows) If
so untick it.. (I do, as it tends to thrash the drive a bit, especially when
there's heaps of files)

Wolf
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