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ROG Flow running hot when closed (and plugged in)

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I have a ROG Flow X16 purchased about a year ago.

I notice lately that when I close the laptop, I see and hear ongoing hard drive activity, and the laptop remains quite warm and the fan is going and quite noisy - and this goes on indefinitely.  This only happens when it is plugged in.

The settings in windows say to go into sleep mode 3/5 minutes (battery/plugged in) after closing the laptop.  When I open the laptop back up, it does take a bit of time to restart the display and log me in, so at least some activities are shut down.  

How can I determine what is making the laptop still run hot pretty much all the time and fix it?