Of my two PCs, the lesser used is a Compaq running Win 2000 on 500 megahertz and 192 megs of RAM. No problems, until the last few weeks. Lately, the hard drive (processor) can be heard crunching data even when I haven’t touched the PC in 30-45 minutes.
It usually goes like this: the hard drive makes its data-crunching sounds like it’s processing data in one second spurts. After maybe 10 minutes of this, the processing becomes constant, as though it’s computing pi to the millionth decimal. This goes on for about 10 more minutes, and then everything stops.
I’ve run the newest updates of McAfee, SpyBot, and Ad Aware. I’m also running an updated Zone Alarm. Nothing wrong is detected. The PC seems to work well otherwise.
Any ideas on what’s going on?