I have been trying to find out which process keeps spinning up one of my disks. It is a noisy disk so I prefer it not spinning when it doesn't have to.
I have tried with all sorts of filters using Process Monitor (the sysinternals tool) and have stopped some processes, yet the disk is spun up regularly.
I have even disabled NTFS' Last Access update timestamp (system wide setting) but that wasn't it.
Now I have used Computer Management to put the disk Offline when not in use, and even then it was spun up! This means something has disk level access and not just file level access (as the disk has no more drive letter).
Looking in the Even Viewer I can see mrcbt complained a lot when I put the disk offline and that is a Macrium software component.
So my question, is it Macrium that keeps spinning my disk up?
And how do I make Macrium stop doing that? It is not the disk it backs up nor is it the target of the backup files.
I would hate it if putting the disk offline is the only way to stop whatever it is spinning it up. My suspicion is on Macrium due to the many complaints in the Event Log and because it is the only low level tool that I use. Windows itself usually does not cause this problem.
This is one of the errors from Macrium in the event log:
Failed to write to the tracking file on device \Device\HarddiskVolume8 (F
with status 0xC00000A2
F: is the drive that gets spun up. Why would Macrium write to that drive? How do I make it stop?