Having problems with your HP Pavilion m7680n PC Desktop ?

My hp m7680n hard drive light is always blinking and the drive whirring at high speed even when i,m not in any programs and the desktop is up of course but i,m just sitting there doing nodda and it,s always going.whats wrong,i,m afraid the drive will wear out- thank you

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Hit Control + Alt + Delete at the same time. Click on the tab that says processes and then you will see 4 columns. Click on the colume header titled CPU twice. One click will put the lowest used program at the top of the list. Two clicks will put the highest used program at the top of the list. Click on it twice and then look at the Image Name in the far left colume. This is the program that is using the most system resources. By studying this while your computer is idle and you're not doing anything, you will maybe see which process is causing your hard drive light to flash all the time. Some of the new virus programs do what is called background scans. They scan your computer for viruses while your system is idle. Some backup programs also work in idle times. This could explain the activity you're seeing. If a hard drive is bad, it will fail whether you use it a little or a lot reguardless. If it's good it doesn't matter much how much you use it, it will still be running. It's always a good thing to monitor what your computer is doing though and go after the needless programs that you don't need running all the time and shut them down.
There are many things that can result in a HDD being continuously accessed. It should not wear the drive out but is possibly as a result of a rogue program. Ensure that you have the latest anti virus installed and go to the window that shows your processes running (press ctrl, alt and delete at the same time) and see if one of the processes is continuously busy. That might be your problem program.
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