constant Laptop idle drive activity

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I recently bought a compaq presario v2555us.  I love it, besides the
issues with the constant hard drive activity.  I bought more RAM,
bringing me to a gig before the 128 allocated to video.  I ran filemon
by sysinternals, and discovered that c:$MFT, c:$LogFile,
c:$Directory, and c:\pagefile.sys were taking up many of the entries
at the same time as I hear the drive making noise.  I do alot of work
in quiet rooms, where even the smallest noise can become annoying, and
the constant seeking of the drive makes me go crazy!  It seems to
happen every couple of seconds, even when I am not using the computer.

By the way, I am using windows XP professional sp2


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