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The boot-up sequence for my work PC (running XP 32) takes nearly a half hour to complete. It's an older machine and the HD is encrypted so I understand why it is slow. What I don't understand is what happens in the last 10 minutes when my HD light is on (and I can hear it spinning and the PC is very unresponsive) but no activity shows up in the Process Explorer I/O Bytes section. I'd expect to see some activity there.

Is there another way to determine what process is utilizing my HD?

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Try using Microsoft's Bootvis (I think you can download it from MajorGeeks). – Breakthrough Apr 26 '11 at 15:22
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I'd also look into Soluto, I assume it does a similar thing like Bootvis, but I've found it helpful at times: Soluto

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