It happens literally ALL THE TIME. It begins between .5-3 minutes from the time the PC last receives mouse/keyboard input, the HDD will begin grinding and will not stop until it receives some input. My CPU usage will jump from 0% to at least 20%. I reset my virtual memory to 0min/0max and the the grinding didn't occur. When I enabled the VM again (512min/1024max), the grinding returned.
1.) How can I track down what is causing this?
2.) How can I stop it?
3.) Is it advisable to run my PC with VM disabled?
I am running WinXP home, 2.4 GHz Pentium with 512MB RAM, I don't know what other system info is needed, just ask.