Cd rom makes whirring noise no cd inside
Although this isn't harmful, the only point at which you can control whether the drive is searched or not is likely to be at boot time.
If you enter your BIOS setup (check your manual for the right key to press during boot), you will find a section where you can determine where the BIOS should look to find the boot sector it needs after its own Power On Self Test (POST) is finished.
If you let the system look for a boot sector on its own, it may look at (if you have one) the empty floppy drive, the empty CD or DVD drive and then finally the C: partition of the hard drive.
To avoid this blind seeking, you can set the 1st boot drive to C: and the other selections also to C:.
Keep in mind though, if you bring up any Explorer screen or do a search, a save and several other functions, the system (which we all know is often clumsy and thoughtless) may just fumble around and pre-check all drives on the off-chance that whatever you seek might be there.
Some versions of Win have an option that might also reduce some of the fumbling during a Search request.
Open Search (generally on the Start panel), click on Change Preferences, then select Indexing service.
With this function, the system will go forth and catalog every file and folder it can find, add these to a list which is actively maintained with files and folders being added and deleted as they happen.
In theory then, your CD drive shouldn't spin up unless a disc is in place.
Jun 07, 2009 |
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