Photoshop Elements: Why is Hard Drive Running Constantly?

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I recently installed Photoshop Elements 10 on my Man Mini (newest version of Mini running OS 10.7.2 with 5GB memory). When Elements is running my hard drive can be heard spinning almost constantly, even if I'm not doing anything. This will continue as long as the program is running and doesn't seem right. There are about 5000 photos on my hard drive.
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Frank Tartaglia

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Chris Cox

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The OS could be paging if you're low on RAM.

You didn't say whether you were referring to the editor or organizer.

Photoshop Elements Editor could be writing data out to the scratch disk, or loading fonts to create font previews. Both of those activities would stop after a few minutes idle time.

The organizer could be loading files to create thumbnails and write out the thumbnails and metadata to it's database.
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Hi,
As you said your hard-drive is still running , it is due to because organizer is auto-analized your photos and Installing and uninstalling will not give any benefit.
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Thanks for the reply. I don't know what auto analyze does. And should I expect to have my hard drive spinning constantly when using Elements?
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hi
go to preferences(command/ctrl+k) go to media-analysis and off all the check-boxes for auto analyzer.
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Could be all those photos in Organiser. I have the impression that organiser does an awful lot of HDD access
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Hi Neeraj,
It looks like your advise solved my problem. Many thanks...
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doesn't fix mine. Photoshop will run for hours at 50% cpu even after I close the program.
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After you close Photoshop, it can't use the CPU or hard disk because the OS has closed the application. It sounds like something may be very wrong on your system.

Do you have a lot of presets loaded in Photoshop (brushes, patterns, styles, etc.)? That might make Photoshop take a while to load and quit.

What OS are you running on? Do you have anti-virus programs that might be over-aggressive in checking files on disk?

Do you have any font management programs installed?

Have you checked your system for malware?
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We are running Windows 7; no presets loaded; no font management program installed; we run Norton Antivirus; no malware; PSE is the ONLY program we have this problem with. Even with PSE shut down, when we pull up Task Manager, it shows PSE is running and using more than 50% CPU. As an aside, this activity can occur hours after I've shut down PSE. And it often occurs even as I'm working in PSE. So it appears to us to be something within PSE that is causing the problem.
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Which specific application are you seeing in the task manager after exiting Photoshop Elements. And are you talking about exiting the Editor or the Organizer?
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We're still waiting for this to happen again so we can check Task Manager to see whether it's Organizer or Editor that's causing the problem. So I don't want to end this discussion yet.
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Hi Patricia,

As I have said off all the check-boxes for auto analyzer in the preferences,
after it restart your application.
May be this solve your problem