Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a Windows 7 64 bit machine freshly installed. When I open the latest version of google chrome, the hard drive is constantly being accessed. I know because it makes a loud annoying noise. The hard drive is a samsung 2Tb HDD. It's fairly new and I got it for cheap so I think the drive itself is very noisy. The noise only happens when chrome is open though.

goes away the instant i close chrome. So i've switched the firefox for now, but I'm keen to find out why.

the 2tb hard drive is mounted as my h:\ and I changed chrome's downloads and my documents to sit straight on that drive, because my c:\ is a 60gb SSd, too small to fit everything.

Anyone ever experienced anything like this ?

Here's some details to help get a clear picture

Operating System    Windows Windows 7
Screen Resolution   1920 x 1080
Web Browser     Chrome 16.0.912.63
Browser Size    781 x 471
IP Address  220.239.108.80
Color Depth     32
Javascript  Enabled
Flash Version   11.1.102
Cookies     Enabled
User Agent  Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.63 Safari/535.7

HD - samsung hd204ui ata

write caching enabled
share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

This may be because Chrome uses the hard-drive to cache everything- which seems to cause problems with installing it on a thumb drive (slow write speeds) and annoyingly LOUD harddrives!

This has been reported to Google in these issues

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=19510

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=84913

A workaround would be to start the brower in Private Browsing (In Cognito?) mode, which doesn't cache anything. if you can live without browser history that is :). See if the harddrive sounds better in this mode

share|improve this answer
    
Intresting! Private browsing unfortunately doesn't seem to solve the problem. I have 16gb of ram, i wish chrome would use it. Oh well. I spose I'll swap to FF for now. so disappointing :/ Thanks –  Jason Dec 20 '11 at 23:36
    
Check this out - create a ram disk drive and have chrome store everyting there superuser.com/questions/370039/… –  Jason Dec 21 '11 at 0:41
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.