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MY HDD is reading something, but I have no idea what. Is there an app I can use to monitor processes which read/write to HDD and where they read/write?

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Yes, there is:

Press Ctrl+Shift+ESC; Go to "Performance" menu; Go to "Resource Monitor"; It will popup another windows. On this window select "Disk".

This is where you can see which process are using more or less disk I/O operations.

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great ! Is there such a feature for linux? –  genesis Jul 12 '11 at 16:25
    
For linux I dont know the right way, but maybe you can find something using "ps", "top" or even "hdparm". –  Diogo Jul 12 '11 at 16:31
    
okay, thanks a lot –  genesis Jul 12 '11 at 16:33
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lsof under Linux will give you reporting on what files are open and to what processess they belong. It is quite extensive and have quite a lot of command options to report different things (such as what processes are listening on what ports). –  Drav Sloan Jul 12 '11 at 19:08
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