When I access my 2nd hard drive, processor usage goes to 100%

Spudd

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Just started doing this. Any ideas on what it could be with these symptoms? I've run several virus scans with different scanners (Panda, Avast, BitDefender) and found nothing. The 2nd drive (F:) is just a big storage drive, 120GB. The OS is installed on the C: drive, a 40GB drive. This started happening this week, and attempts to use System Restore failed.

Everytime I try to access the F:/ to go to various folders, the processor usage just jumps straight to 100% and stays there (and according to Process Explorer and TaskManager, Explorer is using all 100%). Everything grinds to a halt. The drive is about a year old, and is a Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB cache version. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated... :confused:
 

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Try it in Safe Mode. If it still does it, then it looks like your HD is on the way out.
However, if it doesn't do it in Safe Mode, then the chances are that you have a corrupt video file on that drive, that Windows is trying to identify. It's quite a common problem, and if that's the case, then you might want to consider deleting the affected file from the command prompt (before the problem starts, of course).
 

Spudd

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Originally posted by: DopeFiend
Try it in Safe Mode. If it still does it, then it looks like your HD is on the way out.
However, if it doesn't do it in Safe Mode, then the chances are that you have a corrupt video file on that drive, that Windows is trying to identify. It's quite a common problem, and if that's the case, then you might want to consider deleting the affected file from the command prompt (before the problem starts, of course).

Corrupt video file? Ahhhhhh...I think you may have figured it out. I installed the K-Lite video codec pack this week so I could watch a video I recorded on TV with Mpeg2. WMP wouldn't play it, and WinAmp stopped playing video on it for some reason. Hm. I'm going to try and do what you suggested, but I wonder if I can convert the files into a different codec format. Funny enough, the CPU lagging thing happens like clock work when I try to watch those videos with mpeg2 formatting. Thanks DopeFiend. :beer: I'll report back with any progress.
 

Spudd

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Just renamed the offending files from .mpg to .OLD and everything seems to be working fine again. Thanks man. :):beer: