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Search Indexer was present in my process list (I could have sworn I'd killed that way back..but 8.1 upgrades may have turned it back on). That may have been the culprit, too..I don't know. I know it's capable of generating that load...but does it do it while the system is in use, then crash down when a process view is raised to see it? Kinda weird on that aspect of this....
I am looking at a free program here called UltraSearch but it also states it accesses the MFT directly, each time... Call me old school, but that makes me a little nervous..?
Thats a great starting point, but smart virus, rootkits and the likes use known triggers such as opening taskmanager to hide.
These things are great at hiding. You need non MS software to find these little buggers. Standard windows system software wont cut it.
Indexing your drive usually speeds up searching and makes your life a little easier. However, indexing is actually more trouble than it's worth on an SSD. Because it's constantly maintaining a database of the files on your system and their properties, it causes a lot of small writes, at which SSDs do not excel. Thankfully, SSDs do excel at reading, and thus your drive will be able to seek pretty quickly anyway, even without an index.
How to Take Full Advantage of Your Solid-State Drive
(Writing destructive or malicious code to release into the wild should carry a jail sentence!!)
There is a lot of bad info on the internet.
But having the indexer enabled can its self degrade the performance of the drive over time.
Why disable Windows indexing on SSDs?
Read the post by karndog.