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I'm running 64 bit windows 7. I have the i7 processor.

I am using NOTEPAD++ to do a full text search through a whole directory of a few thousand text files.

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For some reason when I look at my machine's performance, it shows that I'm hardly utilizing any CPU:

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How do I force a program to utilize more CPU so that it's faster? The search is taking a long time.

Would this information suggest that it might be IO bound?

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What makes you think the program isn't already using as much CPU as it can? (hint: programs are limited to more than just your processor's clock speed; in this case, disk activity/latency would be a good metric to consider). –  Breakthrough Jul 3 '13 at 17:05
    
@Breakthrough gotcha! thank you. so you are saying an SSD drive might speed this up like crazy right? –  Yuck Jul 3 '13 at 17:08
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If the process is I/O-bound rather than CPU-bound an SSD would help. –  Karan Jul 3 '13 at 17:09
    
@Karan would you say that this process is more IO bound? –  Yuck Jul 3 '13 at 17:10
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Certainly seems that way. You can confirm using something like Resource Monitor. –  Karan Jul 3 '13 at 17:11

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