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How to tell what applications are accessing the hard drive and how frequently?

I left my desktop untouched for period of time. The HDD led still flashes every second and makes a tick sound. Is there any way to find out which process is doing it and which file it writes to?

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Possible duplicate? –  Tom Brossman Sep 2 '12 at 11:29
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Use iotop program. To install it, use terminal with the command

sudo apt-get install iotop

or using this link iotop Install iotop

and then use sudo iotop in a terminal to see the programs using your disk.

To open a terminal, use Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard shortcut

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