- Windows 7 Professional x64
- Intel Xeon E3-1226
- Supermicro X10SAE
- 16GB RAM (2x8GB)
- 2x500GB RAID 1 (SSDs)
This is a workstation that I'm trying to troubleshoot. During Windows Startup ("Starting Windows") the hard drive activity light is solid and remains solid at the login screen, during login, and then on the desktop. During this time, the computer is almost completely unresponsive due to the disk utilization.
Attempting to use Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to Task Manager takes roughly 30 seconds to display a black screen and gives the message
"Failure to display security and shut down options. The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed. If the operating system does not respond, press ESC or restart the computer by using the power switch."
After about 15 minutes of this unresponsiveness, everything I have tried to start or any startup programs come up and the machine's responsiveness returns to normal. The hard drive activity light stops remaining solid and goes back to blinking intermittently when the disk is being used.
The problem is that due to the responsiveness issue, I can't get any troubleshooting tool open (like Resource Monitor) during this time to actually figure out what's activating the disk. It seems like something is activating during startup before login and utilziing the disk during that time at 100%. SMART reports that the drives are healthy. The drives are about 2 years old IIRC.
Any thoughts on how to troubleshoot this?