I have an Asus X201E netbook (with 2 GB of RAM) and Ubuntu 12.10.
The hard drive can almost always be heard being accessed, even when doing nothing. It is as if a search had been run on the entire drive, but this never stops. This is not "swapping" because the "free" command reports 900 MB of unused RAM and 0 MB of swap space used.
I am afraid that this is going to kill the HD prematurely. Any ideas where this could come from ?