After installing Windows Vista for the first time a few months back, I had a problem with it intensively reading and writing to my hard drives. Not only did it make me worried about the lifetime of my disks, but the sound from it was crazy.
After doing some research I found the following settings to solve the problem and increase the performance:
Disable automatic restore points:
- Click the Start-menu and right click “Computer”, choose “Properties”.
- Click on “System Protection” in the left pane
- Uncheck all disks in the “Automatic restore points” pane.
- Click OK.
Disable "file-indexing for better search":
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Navigate to each disk and right click, choose “Properties”.
- Uncheck “Index this drive for faster searching”.
- Click OK.
Disable the “Superfetch” service":
- Click the Start-menu and right click “Computer”, choose “Manage”.
- Expand “Services and Applications”
- Click on “Services”.
- Scroll down to the service “Superfetch”, right click and choose “Properties”.
- Set “Startup type” to “Disabled”, then click OK.
- Make sure the status of the service is empty or “Stopped”, otherwise right click it and choose “Stop”.