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What Is NTFS Volume Log ($Logfile) And Why Is It Causing Disk Activity In Windows 7

If you have a high disk activity in Windows 7 and you’re wondering what the NTFS Volume Logfile is, read this and what you can do about it.

What is ntfs volume log

What is the NTFS Volume Logfile

The NTFS volume log is a log file for important NTFS filesystem – it stores changes to system metafiles and is therefore not something you can disable, even if the disk activity is going crazy.

Over at you will find more information about the NTFS filesystem and how it works.

If the NTFS volume log is causing disk activity without you doing anything that’s normal, however you might want to find out what processes and services are running in the background to find out what is really causing your high disk activity.

A typical volume log:

C:\$LogFile (NTFS Volume Log)

This will not only be used by System, but also by your programs e.g. Chrome.exe, iTunes.exe or System

What Else Can I Do To Decrease Disk Activity?

You can disable the following services:

Also, here’s a list of more services that are safe to disable

I’ve done that – What else?

You should try to scan your system for viruses and trojans.

Download HijackThis from and scan your machine. If you are new to this, post your result on some tech forums to get someone to analyze it for you.

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Published: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Last Modified: December 6, 2011

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