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Constant 100% disk usage on Windows 10

Question: Constant 100% disk usage on Windows 10

Hi,
I'm having an issue where my computer is always maxed out at 100% disk usage even when I'm not actively doing anything. When I look at Processes in Task Manager, the offending process appears to be ntoskrnl.exe.
I've tried a few minor things including rebooting, disabling Windows suggestions notifications, disabling the SuperFetch service, updating various drivers, all with no luck.
Lenovo Y410p
Windows 10
Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks,
Daniel

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Preferred Solution: Constant 100% disk usage on Windows 10

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I've had this issue for a very long time. And i have tried many solutions. Basically, my disk usage keeps jumping up and down, causing lag spikes, freezing my screen for a second or two every now and then, which is annoying me so much. I created an account here to post this. This is my last resort. If i can't fix it, i'll probably go back to Windows 7. I hope that'll fix the problem at least... but i'm starting to worry that this is an problem with my computer, and not the OS. I've had this problem on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. I've upgraded 3 times to see if there would be a change. But no luck.

I have a 64 bit ASUS laptop, running Windows 10 Home. System specs:

Intel Core i5-3337U CPU 1.80 GHz
8 GB RAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000

Solutions i have tried:
Disabling Superfetch, Prefetch, Windows Defender, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall
Resetting Virtual Memory
Updating all Drivers
Uninstalling Google Chrome
Changing Settings in Google Chrome
Clean Install
Installing AVG so Windows Defender stops
Disabling background tasks in Task Scheduler
Closing Processes in Task Manager/Process Monitor
Installing all Windows Updates

Answer:Windows 10 100% Disk Usage, constant spiking

Hi,your HDD is Toshiba MQ01ABD050 500GB SATA 3GB/s 5400RPM 2.5 Inch 9.5mm Internal Hard Drive
Could you advise your laptop model?

Disconnect any network connections.

First some basics checks.
Download and run Crystal Diskinfo (free), easy to find - SMART param checks and report the result - Good/Caution/Bad...
If ok Download and run Crystal DiskMark to check transfer rates and post the result.

Then run chkdsk on C:
From an admin command prompt
[Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
chkdsk C: /F
Your PC will need to restart.
Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

Run chkdsk on D:

Then boot to Safe Mode - do you observe any problems?

Then do a clean boot - again, do you observe any problems?

Please post a screenshot of your task manager, clicking any column of interest to organise it high to low.

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I have been experiencing deteriorating performance on my computer characterised by the task manager reporting 100% disk usage, despite nothing showing more than 0.1mb/s I/O activity. I have no problems getting to the login screen, but as soon as I log in, it takes about 15 minutes before the computer will be usable. It seems to choke up when loading explorer and the taskbar. When it freezes, I can't hear any disk activity, but when the freezing ends, I can hear the familiar hard disk ticking sound. Unfortunately, I can't access the task manager during the startup, but I suspect that it's the same 100% disk usage problem.
 
I have disabled superfetch and windows search services to no avail. I am on a single hard disk that is practically still empty. I have run a chkdsk C: /f from the command prompt, and no errors were found. I have also manually set the page file to 8gb min, 12gb max (i have 8gb physical ram). At this stage, I'm running out of ideas. This problem seems to have started since the anniversary update. Please help with this problem, and let me know what information is required.

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I have been experiencing deteriorating performance on my computer characterised by the task manager reporting 100% disk usage, despite nothing showing more than 0.1mb/s I/O activity. I have no problems getting to the login screen, but as soon as I log in, it takes about 15 minutes before the computer will be usable. It seems to choke up when loading explorer and the taskbar. When it freezes, I can't hear any disk activity, but when the freezing ends, I can hear the familiar hard disk ticking sound. Unfortunately, I can't access the task manager during the startup, but I suspect that it's the same 100% disk usage problem.
 
I have disabled superfetch and windows search services to no avail. I am on a single hard disk that is practically still empty. I have run a chkdsk C: /f from the command prompt, and no errors were found. I have also manually set the page file to 8gb min, 12gb max (i have 8gb physical ram). At this stage, I'm running out of ideas. This problem seems to have started since the anniversary update. Please help with this problem, and let me know what information is required.

Answer:Constant 100% disk usage freezes Windows 10

can nobody help? the computer is practically unusable..

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So on Saturday of last week my PC started to run slow. I open up task manager to check what was going on and I am greeted with it showing me that I have very high CPU usage, and constant capped-out disk usage.
Over the course of the past few days I have reinstalled Windows 10, updated drivers, completely formatted my previous hard-drive, and just today I received a new SSD. However, my problem STILL persists, and I'm all out of ideas on what I need to in order to solve this.

My Motherboard is an ASUS Z97-P with an Intel i5-4690K processor. If you need more specifications, or a program to be run, then I would be happy to do so.

For further information, the system ran normally when booting from a Windows 8.1 hard-drive, and did have a blip of normal performance on Windows 10, but resumed misbehaving when the computer was re-started.

Answer:Constant 100% Disk Usage, 60-80% CPU usage. Both happen when idle.

in Task Manager sort by CPU usage and see what apps are responsible.

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The new Win8 touch laptop I just got is running ridiculously slow. Apps take minutes to open sometimes because the disk is constantly being used by several processes, even when idle.

The main culprits showing in Task Manager are "Service host: Local system", "Windows Modules Installer Worker", and "Antimalware Service Executable". Between them they are using 97+% of the disk and about 50% CPU constantly. It's gotten a bit better since I uninstalled all the trialware garbage that came on it, including McAfee, which was a massive slowdown. I plan on just using Windows Defender for security but it still says it's turned off, could that be the problem?

But for real, I'm pretty sure McAfee slows down the system more than the viruses.

Answer:New laptop, constant 100% Disk usage and ~50% CPU

I quit using Kaspersky anti-virus 2013 (our internet provider offers it for free), on my Windows 7 Dell Inspiron 1545 because it would use 100% CPU at random times several times a day. Went to Windows Defender and the problem cleared up. I now use Windows Defender on my new Windows 8.1 laptop.

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I used one key recovery because my computer was slowing down since I filled up the hardrive and once I was finished I noticed after opening the task manager that my disk usage was jumping from 0 to 100% constantly and has been doing it for a 5 hours straight but the process that's using some much disk is something called "System"  If anyone could help that would be greatly appeciated. 

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Hello,

A week ago, i noticed my hard drives makes small littles noises when i'm doing nothing on the computer; every few seconds, the disk makes slight noises..usually it is dead silent.

i tried to remember what happened on the computer around that time and here it is :
-internet explorer update.
-adobe reader and flash updates.
-some windows updates.
-a windows 10 update that i had to hide otherwise it would have installed windows 10.

the cpu usage goes around 0 to 5- 6 %, like usual i think. i haven't noticed any slowdowns during applications and gaming.
i don't seem to have more processus running than before (52).
i tried to see the disk usage using the ressource monitor and here is a screen shot at idle : Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

it would seem that the service System (PID4 ) is constantly writing something at roughly 10k octet by seconds. i don't know if it is normal and if it was the same value before the problem.
i don't know what to think of the info regarding disk activity below that.
Any idea of what i should do to shut down those noises? is that disk activity normal? (maybe it should be at 0)..

Thank you for your time.

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Hello,

A week ago, i noticed my hard drives makes small littles noises when i'm doing nothing on the computer; every few seconds, the disk makes slight noises..usually it is dead silent.

i tried to remember what happened on the computer around that time and here it is :
-internet explorer update.
-adobe reader and flash updates.
-some windows updates.
-a windows 10 update that i had to hide otherwise it would have installed windows 10.

the cpu usage goes around 0 to 5- 6 %, like usual i think. i haven't noticed any slowdowns during applications and gaming.
i don't seem to have more processus running than before (52).
i tried to see the disk usage using the ressource monitor and here is a screen shot at idle : Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

it would seem that the service System (PID4 ) is constantly writing something at roughly 10k octet by seconds. i don't know if it is normal and if it was the same value before the problem.
i don't know what to think of the info regarding disk activity below that.
Any idea of what i should do to shut down those noises? is that disk activity normal? (maybe it should be at 0)..

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Constant low disk usage in idle

I would scan with MBAM

The free version has the same scanner as the paid.
Something writing data like clockwork and it wasn't doing it before makes me suspect one of the updates. If MBAM comes up clean then the only way to rule out the updates is to remove the new ones one by one.

That's the main reason I don't update unless it is a Service Pack. It is too easy to break something when you make multiple modifications at once.

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I run a system I built back in 2009 with the following specs:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9650 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, 1280 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 610476 MB, Free - 178886 MB; G: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 138294 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5Q DELUXE
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Updated and Enabled

FYI, I have 4 GB installed, but I've never been able to get that last GB of RAM to be used (and I have made sure that my BIOS is set up to use it).

As time has gone on my computer has more and more moments when it just locks up; and it is also taking longer and longer to log in/switch users and for programs to open. My memory usage generally is below 70%, but I regularly get high disk usage warnings from Norton. Also the computer will freeze up when Firefox goes to certain sites like Comcast.net.

I've been trying to figure this out for a very long time and have gotten nowhere. I really appreciate your help.

Daniel
 

Answer:Constant Freezing High Disk Usage

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I use the malware removal guide above as my bible on removing viruses and has worked for years, but I think one's slipped through my antivirus software... I'm running windows vista and last time i knew(windows xp that is) it isn't normal for your disk to be in constant use, so i checked it out and apparently svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted) in the cause, and using 100+ mb of memory. I can't find any viruses, spyware etc with the scanners though. I've run out of ideas, could someone help me?
 

Answer:constant disk usage(suspected virus)

We can only help if you attach the requested logs:
SAS
MBAM
RootRepeal
ComboFix
C:\MGlogs.zip
 

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For the past month I've had disk usage spikles that cause my to lag and stutter in short bursts that interrupt games, music, and youtube videos. It first begaiin with my Mushkin ssd 120gb which I attributed to be the problem so i swapped it out for my current Sandisk 128gb ssd which seemed to fix the problem for about 3 days. Now its back and not as bad as it was with my first ssd but I'm still getting the 100% usage spikes and stutter. I used the SF tool and will attach some screenshots as well. Thanks in advance. This is super frustrating since its my first custom build and was hoping for better performance. I'm on a intel i7 4790k, windows 7 home premuim 64 bit, boot disk is 128gb Sandisk ssd, and 1tb westage hdd.

Answer:Constant disk usage spikes causing lag and annoying stutter.

How much free space you have in C?

Download and run trimcheck-0.7 Index of /trimcheck, follow the directions and verify TRIM is enabled.

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Hello, I'm having a problem where windows utilizes 30% of CPU usage even when Idle.

The problem starts when i open a program like games or any intensive application that requires alot of CPU load. But after closing the program, i noticed in my taskbar that windows generates and continues to use up to 30% of CPU load on other applications for example Dwm.exe (desktop windows management) but if i stop DWN.exe from taskbar, another program or service will replace it and generates the same CPU load, if i stop that another will take its place like svchost or the taskbar.exe itself getting a 25 to 27 cpu load. Its like an ongoing cycle or Loop of CPU usage, its supposed to stop after closing programs.

I already have done steps i thought would clear this problem and these are:
Registry fix
ran Avast Anti-virus
reset BIOS
ran anti malware programs
ran Msconfig and disabled unwanted programs running on the background
ran windows 7 update
updated all my drivers

Summary:
The problem still persist. This problem doesnt occur after boot, everything is fine with my system idle getting 97%. it only starts after i ran a program that utilizes high CPU load but after closing it, the heavy CPU load continues by replacing the closed program with another either dwm.exe,taskmanager.exe,svchost.exe..etc

I hope somebody helps me resolve this problem, i greatly appreciate it. thank you

Answer:Constant 30% CPU usage in windows 7 when idle

Never mind i found the problem

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This issue has been plaguing my computer for a long time I just now found out what was causing it. The only issue now is that I honestly don't know how to resolve it at all.

Service - netprofm
Start Address - ntdll.dll!RtlSizeHeap+0x64e

That's the service that keeps eating away at the CPU constantly and before that it was a DNScache service. Any help would be grateful.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Constant 50~100% CPU Usage

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Hi all

New to the forums but am hoping I can get some help with this issue and make a few contributions too.

my problem is this: I have reinstalled windows, installed nothing except video card drivers, and my CPU usage is sitting at around 40-50%, flying up when asked to perform the simplest of tasks. Im thinking maybe its missing one or more drivers but I have no idea how to find out which if any.

Im running win7 HP 32bit on a 2.2ghz dual core, 2gb of ram combined with a geforce gt650 video card.

I tried another format and reinstallation of windows to no avail. Any advice/guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

My comp spec is

Answer:constant 40-50% cpu usage after format and reinstallation of windows 7

Well since it's a new install its probably doing a lot of things in the background. Have you tried looking what processes/tasks are running the high usage?

As for checking what drivers are missing, open Device Manager and see if anything has a yellow exclamation mark next to it. If it does, then it's a missing driver.

Things you'll want the newest drivers for either way: chipset, network (ethernet / wireless), GPU, and sound. As well as any peripherals that require special drivers. I would get them from the component manufacturers' websites, rather than HP if you can.

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This will be a little lengthy, so I apologize beforehand. I have been having constant problems with windows 10 freezing. The problem started in the beginning of January, but it is possible that my computer was not used in the past two months. This computer is primarily a gaming computer and I was extremely busy for the past couple of months, so if I did use it, it would have only been a handful of times. When I started using the computer in the beginning of January the computer started out working just fine. Then windows installed a few updates and I installed a video game. Then I started having a few computer freezes, but they were few and spread out. I originally thought the problem was just related to the game because the crashes usually happened around the times when i was loading or closing the game. However, that was just about all I was doing at the time. The problem also became significantly worse very quickly. I do not know if a meltdown update was applied or not. The fall creators update was applied, but I have since removed that update during my troubleshooting ventures.

On to the actual problem. After booting my computer, my computer freezes after 12 minutes. I measured the time from when the log in screen first shows up until the computer freezes. It is almost exactly twelve minutes every time. The variation is small enough that it could just be a difference in when I hit the start button for the timer. The computer freezes, but I can move the mo... Read more

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RICOH Media Card Reader Driver version 2.22.18.01 has been causing the Windows kernel to constantly use about 13% on the CPU. I'm on Windows 8 x64. If the device is on battery, it forces the CPU to work at higher frequencies and eats up the battery so quickly. I spotted the issue using Process Explorer. Now I'm giving the beta driver a chance and I'll report back after I use it for a bit. Does anyone have the same issue? Finally, will the latest driver (October 2012) get an update anytime soon?

Answer:RICOH Media Card Reader Driver causes constant 13% cpu usage under 'NT Kernel & System' on Windows 8

The issue is still there intermittently. I had to uninstall the driver to preserve my battery and a decent cpu load. Does anyone know if there will be an update on this?

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Usually I'm pretty good about how to track down issues with windows / what is causing them. But recently windows 8 has thrown a serious kink into my tech skills. I'm not certain what is causing my disk to constantly run all the time. Process Explorer is claiming the system itself is writing almost a meg every 5 seconds. (other procs are within reasonable and expected margins). 
I've recently uninstalled F-Security and for the time being have most everything I can think of disabled. DDS Log:
Any help would be appreciated. 
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16660  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.25.2
Run by zadmin at 16:57:55 on 2013-11-29
Microsoft Windows 8  6.2.9200.0.1252.1.1033.18.7756.6649 [GMT -8:00]
.
AV: F-Secure Client Security 10.00 *Enabled/Updated* {15414183-282E-D62C-CA37-EF24860A2F17}
AV: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: F-Secure Client Security 10.00 *Enabled/Updated* {AE20A067-0E14-D9A2-F087-D456FD8D65AA}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
FW: F-Secure Client Security 10.00 *Disabled* {2D7AC0A6-6241-D774-E168-461178D9686C}
.
============== Running Processes ===============
.
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\W... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 - Constant Disk Access

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Hello all,

I just recently upgraded my laptop from W7 to W8 a few days ago. Every since then, my hard drive light for activity keeps blinking constantly. This happens even while the computer is just sitting there and I'm not using it. This wasn't an issue in W7, the light would go dark if I wasn't doing anything. I tried to figure out if something was running in the background using task manager, process monitor, and process exporer, but couldn't come up with anything. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

R

Answer:Upgraded to Windows 8, now constant disk access

Hello silverpony and welcome to Bleepingcomputer forum.I'd suggest you provide a few items of information:Did you do the upgrade by use of a retail-box upgrade or via the online MS Win8 upgrade offer?Did you uninstall your antvirus program prior to the "upgrade"?What antvirus program is currently resident-monitor ?Is the system a notebook/laptop OR typical tower system?If you will run DDS, you can get & post a basic report back here, for review. Do these steps from the Desktop side of Windows 8.Download DDS and save it to your desktop from http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/dds.com here or http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/dds.scr or http://www.infospyware.net/sUBs/ddsDisable any script blocker if your antivirus/antimalware has it.Then RIGHT click dds.scr & select Run as Administrator to run the tool.DDS will run in a command prompt window and will take 3 to 4 minutes or so.When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt Attach.txtSave both reports to your desktop.Please Copy & Paste contents of the following logs in your next reply:DDS.txtAttach.txt

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I am out of ideas on how to deal with this problem. I will be going along on my conputer and all of a sudden it freezes, or reboots for no reason. When I check eventvwr.msc under systems, I find numerous disk drive errors. I have run chkdsk /r about four times. I am still having the same problem. I did a system check for virus or malware and removed a lot of malware, although I don't really think this problem has anything to do with malware. Is there any solution to this problem short of installing a new hard drive? Please help. My computer knowlege is very limited and already exhuasted. thanks lots of help
 

Answer:Solved: Windows xp constant disk drive errors

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Hi all,

My laptop has been progressively getting worse with its responsiveness after startup. Icons take ages to load on the desktop, programs launched are lagged or sometimes fail to respond. The culprit is 100% disk usage that lasts for almost 5 minutes after a boot. Unfortunately, this disk access seems to be spread randomly among multiple programs and services, meaning I can't isolate what specifically is causing these massive spikes that are crippling my computer after startup.

Things I've tried:
All the latest Windows updates as of December 10th.
Full scan with Malware-Bytes detects no viruses.
Ran CCleaner on the registry and cleaned up unnecessary files.
Disabled Superfetch as a test, saw no improvement.
Checked the SMART readings on the drive, everything showing as "Good."

The lack of responsiveness reminds me of an old Windows 95 install chugging along after a few years. It's really quite bad and I can't isolate it at all since it's spread among a ton of services.

I don't have many extraneous programs installed, nor any real-time anti-viruses besides Windows Defender. Has anyone else experienced this problem lately with Windows 8.1? Eventually the disk access settles down but I feel like load times are still poor... even browsing folders after the disk access goes down, icons don't load instantly, but I see them load over time. Just a sense that everything is not running up to speed. :/

Thanks for any help or suggestions people may have.

Answer:Windows 8.1 100% Disk Usage

i had the same problem with mine it was a combo of services trying to catch up to there tasks all at once, had performance set to programs( the background stuff took 5 times longer to complete their tasks) to many start up items and other services i didn't need running. i set all the auto maintenance tasks to run when i'm not on and changed services to manual if they were not needed at start up( try 1 by one so you notice if it affects anything and check the dependency on other services in it's property menu).

Then there is the paging file i'm not sure if services use it but you would think if say defrag was running and something started that required the page file on the same disk then times that by how many are lined up to do there task, i had 15-20 backed up at a time with 100% disk use for 10-20min after boot.I also had a problem with the services that run the search function not starting to top it all off. But with the performance setting in my opinion the quicker the background tasks finish what they have to do the better and i think i seen a setting that makes them run 1 at a time.

I run a desk top now so there is plenty of resources to go around but my old HP DV6, Which actually run good now after i fed it a copy of boot n nuke and done a fresh Win 7 install is now my test computer for things i dont want on my better one it even has it's own live lunux and Win 7 usb with a lan cable to the desk top to keep it clean.

There is the last resort of a sys image restor... Read more

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Hey

For some reason, my disk, when i open my computer and at some other point, always spikes up to 100% for a few minutes.
This happens when :

at the start, Something called System and compressed memory always make my pc go to 100% disk usage. Later on, there are all those Service Host going up to 100% and something called RzStatsManager

When i open norton or when i download something new it also goes to 100%, each time I open google chrome too and Steam make the disk go to 100% at the start and every time i open it it goes to 20% and the system memory goes to 80%
All these times, the disk spiked at 100% for a few minutes.

I disabled all my notification, each time i open my PC i disable Windows search and superfetch but it spikes up every time. What can I do?


Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Disk Usage 100%

First thing I would recommend would be filling out your system specs so we can more efficiently help you. Follow this tutorial here, if need be: System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

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After a system restore on my laptop, the Disk Usage has been stuck at 100%. I've browsed the internet and tried every-which solution to no avail. Would anyone happen to know a way of fixing this without solutions like "disable BITS" or "check the Resource Manager" - I've never had to deal with the resource manager and find it somewhat intimidating to say the least.

Thanks for any and all help.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Disk Usage 100%

First go to Disk Clean up right click and run as Administrator and when it's done place a check next to everything and clean your system (it can take quite a while). Then go to Defragment and Optimize Drives and defragment everything... shut down(not restart) and reboot 3 times This cleans and organizes your disk. The 3 reboots lets windows put all programs and start files to the beginning of your C: drive on the outside of your disk.

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Hey, hopefully some1 can help out a little.. I've been researching this for probably 2 months now. I get 100% disk usage spikes constantly regardless of what I'm doing I.E.: open file explorer, IE, Control panel, Changing songs on Spotify, ect. Now I have tried troubleshooting this issue several times including actually shipping my Mobo and PSU back to their respective factories thinking it was a hardware fault - b4 I go too far here is my rig

OS: Windows 8 64-bit
Cpu: AMD FX-4130
RAM: Kingston HyperX Performance 16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. M5A97 R2.0 (Socket 942)
GPU: 3072MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7970
Hard Drive: 1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 (SATA)
PSU: Corsair TX650

I have tried updating all the mobo drivers, changing out SATA cables.. even changed out the hard drive - nothing has worked what so ever. In fact I am still getting spikes in safe mode w/o networking.
Also I have tried re-installing W8 and still getting this issue.

A little more info on my RAM so you guys can actually look at it - Just google KHX21C11T2K2/16X and it should come up with exactly what I have. Also I have run http://hcidesign.com/memtest/download.html which is just a RAM test and all seems fine - No errors + I had borrowed a few sticks of DDR3 from a buddy so we can essentially rule out hardware.
If you guys/gals need anymore information please let me know I will provide w/e is needed.

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Hello! I just upgraded to Windows 10 from 8.1 and realized that this disk issue hasn't been fixed. I had some problems with it in 8.1, so this issue is technically a continued one.

Whenever I turn my laptop on, it always runs between 95-100% disk. If I do a quick defrag (takes about 5 minutes), the disk issue goes away; however, I have to do it every time I turn my computer on, or else the issue comes back. What should I do for a more permanent fix? I don't like constantly defragging my computer, since I usually turn it on and off multiple times a day.

Thanks in advance for any help! I wasn't sure where to post this, so I hope I'm in the right place.

Answer:100% disk usage in Windows 10. Help?

There are 2 solutions in this thread that might apply, here is the one I might try first, after making sure your drive is de-fragmented.


I had this same problem, my lenovo laptop would be left idle for ~15 minutes then come back, 100% disk usage but not tagged to any process.

The issue was a scheduled task to defrag.
Open Task Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Defrag
Disable or delete the task.
Hope this helps someone else.
I thought it was hard disk issue as the computer would be unusable without restarting using the power button.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/windows-8-keeps-slows-down-to-100-disk-usage-and/cd787f8d-e7b4-4872-aecb-6f0cd15ad942

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Hi,

My Toshiba Satellite laptop sometimes goes up to 100% disk usage for no apparent reason. It typically happens 2-3 times per day and for around 5-15 minutes each time. Here's a screenshot of what I'm seeing in Resource Monitor and Task Manager (side by side, respectively):

As you can see, "System" is the culprit here. So the whole "end process" thing isn't going to help me here.

This issue usually happens when I'm playing Minecraft, but not always. The apps I'm using do not appear to impact the duration or frequency of the issue at all, but if it helps I generally have Skype, Minecraft, and Google Chrome open. Sometimes, this issue occurs when I have nothing but a webpage open. Closing apps does not appear to help.

My laptop's otherwise in great shape; I treat it well, update whenever it asks me to, browse carefully, etc. This has been a problem since I bought it a year ago and has neither improved nor gotten worse.

Anyway, I spoke with someone tech-savvy about this and she said it's a "known Windows 8 issue" and that there isn't anything I can do. After several updates, however, this is still a problem. Any information would be nice, including an explanation of exactly what this mysterious "System" is doing.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows 8 - 100% Disk Usage

In Resource Monitor, put a check mark by System to filter the entries in the window below. Then in the windows below, expand the column that shows what is being written to or read from.

Do you see anything that stands out? Does the list slowly shrink as the process continues?

Have you tied it to an event, such a time of day or time between occurrences? Do you ever leave the machine idle for a period of time and if so, does it go into any type of maintenance process?

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Hello! I just upgraded to Windows 10 from 8.1 and realized that this disk issue hasn't been fixed. I had some problems with it in 8.1, so this issue is technically a continued one.

Whenever I turn my laptop on, it always runs between 95-100% disk. If I do a quick defrag (takes about 5 minutes), the disk issue goes away; however, I have to do it every time I turn my computer on, or else the issue comes back. What should I do for a more permanent fix? I don't like constantly defragging my computer, since I usually turn it on and off multiple times a day.

Thanks in advance for any help! I wasn't sure where to post this, so I hope I'm in the right place.

Answer:100% disk usage in Windows 10. Help?

There are 2 solutions in this thread that might apply, here is the one I might try first, after making sure your drive is de-fragmented.


I had this same problem, my lenovo laptop would be left idle for ~15 minutes then come back, 100% disk usage but not tagged to any process.

The issue was a scheduled task to defrag.
Open Task Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Defrag
Disable or delete the task.
Hope this helps someone else.
I thought it was hard disk issue as the computer would be unusable without restarting using the power button.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/windows-8-keeps-slows-down-to-100-disk-usage-and/cd787f8d-e7b4-4872-aecb-6f0cd15ad942

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So the laptop updated (1607) and surprise surprise it's been sluggish since.

I think I may move over to Linux, this is beyond a joke.

Answer:Windows 10 100% disk usage

Hi, as you probably know, search indexing is designed to back off as soon as there's a little activity on your PC. What you are seeing is not normal behaviour. You should not expect this ('surprise, surprise').

First try disabling search indexing:
How to Speed Up, Disable, or Rebuild the Windows Search Index
and report what effect that has.

Second, please do this as a matter of routine.
From an admin command prompt
[Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
chkdsk C: /F
Your PC will need to restart.
Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

Please report back on disk usage and chkdsk results.

If chkdsk is clear, enable search indexing and report disk usage.

If high, then
a. Certain files have been reported by people as resulting in this
b. Rebuilding the index has helped some
c. Deleting the Windows index file has helped some
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-edb-file
d. There's the Search indexing Troubleshooter to try (Control Panel, Indexing Options e.g.)

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Hello all
My wifes work computer seems to suffer from a disk usage bottle neck. Most of the time its tje indexer. Does this service need to be active to search properly? Also i was under the impression that the indexer doesnt run while the computer is in use. Is this true and could there be any other culprits causing this?
Thank you

Answer:windows 8.1 100% disk usage.

Indexing will make some searches faster but no, it is not required. In fact, I never use Windows built-in search function. I use "Everything" search (http://www.voidtools.com/). It's free (donationware) and absolutely outstanding.
 
Having said that, the indexing service shouldn't run at 100% cpu (I assume you mean cpu usage and not disk usage). Go ahead and disable it and see if the problem goes away. But you might also want to run full scans with both your installed anti virus app AND with MalwareBytes.

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I have lenovo g480 with 750gb hdd and 6gb ram. when i installed y windows 10 it worked fine for me for 4 months but now its lagging due to 100% diskactive time. i tried disabling superfetch, windows search, BTS , notifications , antivirus , chrome and skype pre-fetching but nothing worked for me. Then i run smart test of hdd it was also fine. what should i do now ??? plz help.

Answer:Windows 10 100% disk usage

Hi, please make sure Windows services are set to default.
If unsure, use Tweaking.com's cautious free repair tool and only repair 27.

That's if you can use your PC!

Please post a screenshot of your task manager (or clear photo). Click the Disk tab to make sure processes using most disk are at the top.

Are you using Windows Defender or another AV? Are you using any cloud services like Dropbox?

Please try a clean boot, then repeat the screenshot of the task manager.
Clean Boot - Perform in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts - Windows 10 Forums
(1st section)

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I have lenovo g480 with 750gb hdd and 6gb ram. when i installed y windows 10 it worked fine for me for 4 months but now its lagging due to 100% diskactive time. i tried disabling superfetch, windows search, BTS , notifications , antivirus , chrome and skype pre-fetching but nothing worked for me. Then i run smart test of hdd it was also fine. what should i do now ??? plz help.

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So the laptop updated (1607) and surprise surprise it's been sluggish since.

I think I may move over to Linux, this is beyond a joke.

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Can anyone explain why Windows 7 is eating up disk space?

I multi-boot and below is a picture showing free space then total space of my partitions. I don't have very many programs installed on Win 7 yet it's showing about 100 GB more usage than Win 8.1 or 10.





TIA.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Disk Usage

If you run something like Tree Size you will be able to see what it is.
 

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I got the free upgrade to Windows 10 back when it was available through Windows Update on my Dell Optiplex 780 and ever since, when I open the task manager, it always shows "Disk 100%" and that column is always red. Even when sorted high to low with 'More Details' showing, there is only one 1.0 MB and everything else is 0.0 or 0.1. The Disk usage always remains 100% as long as the machine it turned on.

Does anybody know what the problem could be?

Answer:Windows 10 always 100% Disk usage

Hi, as ever when posting questions about usage, please post a screenshot of your task manager showing the relevant processes using your disk.

If it's system or svchost.exe, please download process explorer (free) and post a screenshot showing those.

Thanks!

Meanwhile please feel free to search the forum where you will find a good number of threads on high disk usage which may help you as you can see: (I searched for "100% disk usage")

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Hey

For some reason, my disk, when i open my computer and at some other point, always spikes up to 100% for a few minutes.
This happens when :

at the start, Something called System and compressed memory always make my pc go to 100% disk usage. Later on, there are all those Service Host going up to 100% and something called RzStatsManager

When i open norton or when i download something new it also goes to 100%, each time I open google chrome too and Steam make the disk go to 100% at the start and every time i open it it goes to 20% and the system memory goes to 80%
All these times, the disk spiked at 100% for a few minutes.

I disabled all my notification, each time i open my PC i disable Windows search and superfetch but it spikes up every time. What can I do?


Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Disk Usage 100%

First thing I would recommend would be filling out your system specs so we can more efficiently help you. Follow this tutorial here, if need be: System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

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Hi there, I encountered a problem a few weeks ago after I refreshed my laptop when it started refreshing the desktop constantly to the point where I couldn't do anything. After the refresh, the desktop was back to normal, though I noticed my disk usage in the task manager was constantly at 100%. I've been troubleshooting this problem by upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1, I've run chkdsk.exe /f /r, I defragged the disk, ran a virus scan, etc. The only thing that helps this is disabling the service 'superfetch' and/or 'Windows search', though the problem can still arise after doing so. Every now and then the disk usage goes back to it's regular 2-8% but then randomly shoots back up to 70-85-99-100%. It's causing some occasional slowdown and I have no idea what the fix is.

Here's a screen cap of my resource monitor when it's at 100%:
And here are the specs of my laptop:
-Model: Acer Aspire V5-552
-CPU: AMD Quad-Core A10-5757M @2.5GHz
-RAM: 6GB DDR3 Memory
-HDD: 1000GB
-OS: Windows 8.1

Please help me resolve this as it's driving me nuts trying to fix this once and for all.
Thank you in advance.

Answer:Fix for Windows 8/8.1 100% disk usage?

I would probably put a check mark in the svchost.exe (LocalSystemNet...) entry in the Resource Monitor and see what it shows as being used. Maybe that will give you some insight. Mine only runs occasionally and seems to be writing to a log file and one other thing.

Since I don't use OneDrive, is yours set up to sync, are you using the Microsoft user ID for your system or a local user?

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Hi! So ever since I bought this laptop on Dec. 31, 2016, I've always noticed that the service called "System and Compressed Memory" will have a disk usage of 100%. It's unbearable to do anything with my NEW laptop and I've searched far and wide to fix this like disabling superfetch, notifications etc. May I get some help here? I am even thinking of just doing a factory reset if that will fix this bug. I can't do anything with the slowness of my laptop. Even if I'm just surfing the web with Chrome, Disk Usage is still at 100% with "System and Compressed Memory" being the cause.

Answer:100% Disk Usage on Windows 10

Did you turn off all Notifications- and restart the laptop?

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Hi All,

I'm not very technical with these problems at all, but I've recently upgraded to windows 10 and fount that my disk usage was spiking up and down to 100% (gradually building up over time)

I thought this was a windows 10 bug, so I downgraded back to windows 8, did a factory reset and everything.

I'm happy at windows 8, for what I use my PC for it's perfectly okay but I thought i'd give it a try.

-I will be able to provide more information later, along with pictures so sorry if this is a little vague, but wanted to get something on here cause it's bothering me! don't really want to trawl through support hotlines etc.

*if there's anything you guys need to help me out let me know and i'll post all relevant information later on

Some game applications that I run, trigger the spike. Just sat on my desktop everything looks okay

I have an alienware X51 - Purchased back in 2012

*Another thing that might be worth adding, after updating to windows 10 I had net framework errors on trying to shut down, these have gone now but I'm not sure if these had anything to do with it? it's all come on from nowhere, my browser seems slow and will crash every so often.

My PC is relatively clean, I have no music, no videos or ANYTHING; just a few apps here and there.

I'm just stuck! I've had a Google around, there's so many different fixes and options; i'm hoping it's something so very simple.

Thankyou!

Answer:Windows 8 - 100% Disk Usage

Hi Lewis1337,

Welcome to the 8forums.

For me this isn't vague, only thing we need for now is a screenshot of your taskmanager to see what is taking the disk usage

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My computer always has extremely high disk usage no matter what I'm doing, I just factory reset it but it's still doing this I've tried many solutions online that I could find but none would work. As for my "Sysinfo" it is as followed.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8190 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 930 GB (906 GB Free);
Motherboard: MSI, 760GM-P34(FX) (MS-7641)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
As for solutions, I am currently trying to solve it with a previous mention on another thread using "Process Monitor" but am currently unable to find a solution. If able to help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Since I got my pre-installed laptop my disk usage has been 100% on the system.
I've tried disabling the superfetch and windows search services to no avail. I've read somewhere online that these services could potentially be the cause, sadly that didn't work.

So now I'm installing the windows performance toolkit in order to gain more system information.
I'm running the windows performance recorder.

After it's done I'll update the thread with the new information.

Anyone has the same kind of issue or knows a solution to this issue? Please comment.

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Hello, My friend has a windows 8 64 bit laptop with a disk usage of 100%! He cant do anything on it without it taking forever, brought it back to the store to fix and the problem is still there.Has anyone encountered this problem and what did you do to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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We have a laptop on our domain which has apparently been getting very slow over the past few weeks/months but the user has only now raised it as a problem as it is taking a huge amount of time logging in, even in Safe Mode. The hard drive indicator is almost constantly lit but memory and CPU usage are low when I do eventually get logged in and am able to open Talk Manager.
 
I have tried using 'Last known good Configuration' without any effect.  Hard drive space in use is around 40%.
 
Although I have not timed it I have as I write this been waiting now about 30 minutes for it to load into Safe Mode from switch on.  At present I have a mouse pointer on a black screen, 'Safe Mode' in the four corners and 'Microsoft ® Windows ® (Build 7601: Service Pack 1) at the top of the screen.  There is presently no Task Bar or anything else on screen.  There is no hour-glass by the mouse pointer,  Just as I finished typing that sentence the Task Bar appeared.  After 5 minutes the 'Windows Help and Support' window opened and the desktop icons appeared.  The System Tray clock had not updated for the 5 minutes prior to the Help window opening.
 
The machine is a Dell Latitude E6410 running Windows 7 Professional x64.
 
There is a network share mapped to drive letter S: (with CSC-CACHE).
 
It is currently after 1am here.  I am hoping to run 'SFC /scannow', and start off an Emsisoft Emergency Kit scan also  befo... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 constant disk activity and maexceedingly slow logging in and generally

Quick update - 'sfc /scannow' run from elevated command prompt in Safe Mode gives the error: 'Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service'.
 
Bed beckons ..........

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3 days ago, without any obvious changes, on a cold boot, this laptop, Win7 HomePremSP1 64bit/I3 w/4Gb RAM, 440MB GBHD, 400MB GBfree, has started to run dreadfully slowly... (yes, I know, it was no rocketship to begin with....but...) by the clock, 6 minutes from cold boot to Windows sign in, 9 more minutes until the desktop completely draws.  No errors, no bluescreens.
I have run Mbam, Mbar, and AVG scans, each taking 3-5 hours apiece to scan, cleanly, and substantively slower than previous experience on this particular computer. 
 
Chkdsk reported that master file table's (MFT) BITMAP attribute is incorrect, schedules a scan at next restart, which it appears to do, and then procedes along its very slow way. 
 
Resource Monitor/Disk shows System, svchost(netsvcs) and svchost(LocalServiceNetworkRestricted) as the only Process with disk activity when completely "at rest", no apps running, though often it blanks the screens, as if it itself cannot get enough clockticks to update the display.  Clicking on the start marble takes generally 5-15 seconds for response, and often with incomplete icons. 
Physical memory shows 1328MB in use, 1531 Free, 948 standby, 204 HW reserved, 85 Modified.
 
I have tried to do a clean boot with MSCONFIG to run only startup services, and disabled all non-microsoft services.  No change in results.
It will boot in safe mode, and runs essentially the same slowness. 
 
It is currently isolated, networ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 SP1 (64bit) dreadfully slow, disk access appears constant

Something isn't adding up - only 40MB for W7 SP1? Sounds like there are some parts missing.
Have you checked your RAM? What about security software? Installed, current, clean scan
Keep us posted
 
Dick

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Hi,

As I'm typing this with no other apps running and a clean install of Windows 10 performed an hour ago I have 97% disk usage. wsappx is showing "1.8mb/s" in the task manager followed by a bunch of normal objects that show like 0mb/s or .1mb/s...hovering at 94% right now.

I've battled this before with limited success doing everything mentioned before like disabling BITS, Defender, fetch, prefetch, etc...

This is a 6month old ACER E5-575-33bm and about two days ago the original hard drive failed. It's not completely busted but I was stuck in an automatic repair loop and I tried to remedy it with all the suggestions out there. I couldn't even go into safe mode. Nor could I do a repair or fresh install on it using a WIN10 usb boot disk.

My question is. Is this just windows 10 and I have to live with it? (down to 1% disk usage at the moment after about 3 minutes). I'm concerned that the last hard drive died because of this problem of intermittent spiking. Does anyone know if this is a hardware problem? Did I just get a bad mobo? Is it my ram? Should I bring it into Acer service? Will they just tell me it's normal and tell me to carry on?

Answer:Is this disk usage too high for windows 10?

Hi, in an idle state you should expect 0 disk usage. (Assuming no internet activity e.g. background downloads.

I understand you've replaced the drive and clean installed Win 10 on a newish PC- presumably the Creator's build?

You should not try to fix this by disabling Windows services.

Otherwise it's impossible to comment without information.

I believe you are in a clean boot state.

Please post a screenshot of your task manager, organising any columns of interest high to low by clicking on the relevant column tab. Repeat for different columns if useful.

Please also complete your system specs (see mine for comparison), including details of your disk(s).
System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

Please download and run Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) and post a screenshot of its GUI for each drive.

What is your build number?
(Windows key + R, winver)
Home or Pro or...?

I agree drive failure that early is unexpected.

Please also boot to Safe Mode, and again post a screenshot of your task manager.

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Hello. I'm having the somewhat common 100% disk usage issue, which grinds my computer to a halt. I reinstalled windows about a month ago due to this, and it was fairly stable up until about a week ago, when it reappeared with a vengeance.
 
Previously I had disabled superfetch and prefetch, which didn't help (I have those running currently). I have also run sfc and checked the health of the drive with SeaTools, which reports no errors. When this is occurring and I check resource monitor, there is nothing constant causing the issue, though system32/config/drivers is often on top. In task manager, system is the culprit, although it is usually only using 0.1 MB or less.
 
However, when I check event viewer, it is constantly throwing errors: Event ID 153, The IO operation at logical block address 7a for Disk 0 (PDO name: \Device\0000002c) was retried. This address seems to be having some serious problems, but sometimes it is at different block addresses. Error logs also show that dam and UsbCharger never load at startup.
 
I recently increased the virtual memory size to twice my RAM, and this has helped with startup - I can use the computer after about 5 minutes or so. Once, it took an hour before the disk usage settled down and was usable. In a new wrinkle, the disk usage now spikes and causes hangs when opening programs of any type (except oddly, browser), even command prompt. It will also start doing this after leaving the computer unattended for several minutes... Read more

Answer:Windows 8.1 100% Disk Usage Problem

 Seagate drives have had high failure rates the last couple of years.  I'd Chkdsk and let it check for and attempt repair of any bad sectors.  After that I'd download disk diagnostics from the Seagate web site and run them.  One way to speed things up would be to put Windows on an SSD.
 
 Good luck.

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Hi,

The day i bought my new vaio laptop. i m facing this Disk usage 100% problem as it came with by default windows 8 OS. I thought it may be an bug or something may be it will be get fixed in windows 8.1. but , even after updating to windows 8.1 m still facing
the same problem.

I gone through so many forums and tried everything. even i tried with clean windows 8.1 installation.

Here is my event viewer logs link:

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=C45352E328C65C!1736&authkey=!AKDoqPxwHJM-qD4&ithint=file%2c.rar

Please, help me out with this problem.

Answer:Windows 8.1 - 100% Disk usage Problem !!

Maddyy
In both Chrome (2 different chrome processes) account for ~60% of the disk thrashing. 

Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

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Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post, if it is PLEASE send me a link of the RESOLVED thread.

I have this issue where windows seems to hang/get stuck every 5 to 10 seconds for about 2 seconds, like right now while I am typing. I type the words and about three words types out and then hangs for 2 seconds and the rest I typed while stuck gets lost and I have to backspace and restart again.... Same happens with mouse clicks, sometimes when I click it does not register (I presume it is right in that 2 sec delay sweet spot) but the mouse cursor movement is smooth and does not get stuck.

SO I checked my Task Manager and found that RAM,CPU and Network are all low in the 10% - 20%, but my HDD Runs at like 80% -100% all the time. See Screenshots of Task Manager and Resource monitor. The disk keeps getting used full load every 5 to 10 sec.




I have tried disabling Disk Defragment service in the Task Scheduler and several other tips I found on the net but no luck.

Sorry I am not a fundi on PC's by any means, but I do have a bit of knowledge and applied all the normal things like check background scanning programs like Anti Virus and System Maintenance processes, also did a clean boot to make sure no extra services are running but problem still persists

Has anyone figured out what the problem is here?

Answer:Windows 10 100% Disk Usage every 5 Seconds

Looks like System and backgroundhost using it, try this tip:

How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC's bandwidth to update strangers' systems | PCWorld

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win10 pro 64biti5 6600k16gb DDR4 1070GTXWD Blue 1tbnewer computer, 3-4 weeks------------------came home today, noticed the PC was laggy and the HDD was spinning up making alot of noise, check performance and disk usage at 100%processes using most of the disk are"system and compressed memory""service host: local service (network restricted)/ network service"not sure what to do, I'm new to win10 and so far not very pleased. any help is appreciated, ofcourse. ask if you need any info from me.

Answer:windows 10 very high disk usage 100%

I would DLoad and run Data Lifeguard tools from WD...Follow the guide for creating a bootable CD which is the best way to run the test...

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hi ! i got a quite simple question about windows 8.1 startup. ive noticed, that every time i open my pc, my disk usage at startup is always 100. it keeps staying there, untill about 45 seconds after the startup. the programs that are always on top is my antivirus ( avast ) and some windows features. now, i dont know if i've always had 100 disk usage at startup, but i just noticed it now. so my real question is that is it normal ? ive cleaned my pc, and not too long time ago i did fresh windows reinstall, so i dont have much junk running in the background. thanks in advance.

Answer:windows 8.1 100 disk usage at startup.

I don't know whats normal ,what jumps out at me is avast, check its properties/settings and make sure its not set to scan at startup

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Hello,

Over the past couple of weeks I have been getting high disk usage on my computer, causing it to run extremely slowly.
Is there any way to fix this issue?
Just after I took the attached screenshot, my System went down to around 6MB/s and the "Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)" jumped to around 16MB/s
Looking in resource monitor the main things causing the high read speed are: 'rundll32.exe' and 'ccsvchst.exe' and one just called 'System'
If you require any more information just ask because this issue is getting very annoying while playing games ect...

Thanks a bunch
Jack

Answer:Very high disk usage [Windows 8 Pro 64-bit]

I believe the ccsvchst.exe is a Norton executable, and, as Norton is know to be heavy on system resources, that may be the issue. Now, as to how, why, and what Norton is doing, I have no idea but you might want to try turning Norton off and see if that fixes your resource hogging. Just be careful what you are doing without the AV protection during this test phase. Good luck.

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So my bro has done a brand new install of Windows 8.1 but he is getting system lag and when he checks his task manager he gets 100% Disk usage .
 
Can i get some help to troubleshoot this issue with his pc please as it is making playing games impossible 
 
 
I have told him to disable 
Superfetch and Windows search and to see if it makes a difference ,I know he has a lot of updates to install as it is a fresh install of windows 8.1 
 
 
But it is still giving him that 100% disk usage .
 
Can i get someone with far better knowledge than myself to help him please  ?
 
As i said it is a brand new installation of windows so i dont think Malware or virus is the problem here . 
 
 
Thanks 

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This is a bug report. I hope Microsoft will take it seriously as it took me a whole day and much stress to track it down. Basically my problem was the same as this: http://slopjong.de/2013/04/23/extremely-high-disk-activity-with-windows-8-and-how-to-fix-it/
However in the graphic on this site it appears to show that Virtualbox is the culprit. However this is unlikely to be the case, as the author of the site fixed his problem by following his own advice. This is an extremely common problem as this Google search
indicates:

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=ntoskrnl.exe+100+disk+usage+windows+8

To attempt to address my own problem first I disabled all non-microsoft services in Windows 8.1 professional. When this had no effect on the problem, I then disabled all non-essential Microsoft services. In turn. when this has no effect I disabled all user
installed start-up items. Again when this failed to have an impact, I changed my browser from Firefox to Google Chrome, as I noted that the extremely high disk utilisation was at it's worst when using Firefox. This also had no effect.

I then tried a variation of my search on Google "ntoskrnl.exe 100 disk usage windows 8" (I can't remember the exact variation) and stumbled over the above site at the beginning of this message. I had by that point tried everything that was in my power
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Answer:ntoskrnl.exe 100% disk usage windows 8.0 and 8.1

I got this issue fixed by increasing the page file size.
thanks
PrabhatRohit Kumar

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I have a new(April 2015) Inspiron 3542. It has Intel i3 w/ 4gb ram, touch screen, is 1.90Ghz and 750gb Hd. It came with windows 8.1. I was told it would be Windows 10 ready and I was admonished by both Dell and MSFT to upgrade as soon as it was available. At first the upgrade worked well and I was happy to be using something better than the plagued 8.1. But soon after my system seemed to hang regularly. I couldn't open any apps, the windows start button wouldn't respond, I couldn't open the all important notification center. Basically the Windows explorer shell would completely stall making my system utterly useless. Not just slowed but completely stopped. Unacceptable. It did not take me long to see in task manger that disk usage was pinned to 100%. The process most often at the top of the list was the Dell Data Vault, though not always. I've tried all the suggestions provided at various forums. I've dropped all startup processes including dropbox, OneDrive, dashlane and the facial recognition Sensible Vision app which no matter what I do, I can't uninstall even though my supposed free use of it, expired months ago. I'm so thoroughly frustrated and upset with both Dell and MSFT, I'm quite prepared to bring legal action to get my money back for this complete Lemmon. I'm no idiot, i had spent years providing tech and helpdesk support starting with Windows 95. I've had innumerable Dell Gold support accounts. I've been using Dell machi... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 is at 100% disk usage on Inspiron

This is primarily a user to user forum so you may not get an 'official' response, however some things come to mind.   Please note as you may have already encountered, Windows 10 is having a lot of 'out of the gate' issues which may or may not be fixed in the next big patch push (TH2) in November.  That said, you didn't say if you downloaded the windows 10 drivers from the support page at Dell or not?  Several Dell programs also seem to not be compatible with Windows 10 just yet.  If you can't uninstall them, what I would do is roll back to windows 8.1, remove all the programs you don't want/need, then re-install Windows 10 (or better yet wait until middle November) and make sure you have the updated drivers for Windows 10 from Dell.com.

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So this problem happened recently and whenever I was doing something for example browsing the web I would freeze and the program won't say not responding locking me up for like 5 minutes and then it would happen again after being able to open task manager it said 100% disk usage I have free disk space and the only way to shut down my computer is too hold down the power since its constantly locked up I have a HP sleekbook 15 with 4gb ram please help as I am freaking out since I need my computer

Answer:windows 8 freezing and 100% disk usage

Help

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Hello TenForums,

I'm currently having a problem with my Windows 10. Whenever it boots up and goes to the User Login (The Wallpaper for that sometimes takes around 5-6 minutes to actually respond) Which means when I press 'Enter' before those minutes are up; I am stuck thinking why is this so freaking slow? Once I've gotten through the User Login, my Windows 10 starts up with the Desktop faster than it did before. Which in my opinion is a whole lot better! What I don't appreciate is the fact that I had to change the Performance Settings from Razer Cortex Power Settings to Balanced / High Performance. I did this as this seems to be the only way to get my Windows 10 running without 100% Disk Usage.

However, it doesn't fix the problem at hand. Currently, whenever I start-up the PC (Like I said slow loading) I check Task Manager for the first three minutes that have ticked by; only to find that 100% Disk Usage is occurring again. This stops after around 2-3 minutes maximum! I know that this is not really an issue & maybe it's normal, I don't really know. I am bringing this to the TenForums to discuss whether or not it's possible to fix this problem. Is there anyway apart from it being what I think it is:

What do I think it is?
This! - I've currently got Windows Defender turned on with no idea on how to turn it off. I assume that the best way to do that is to turn it off in Services (however, I don't know) Alongside Windows Defender- I have One Malware Scanner installed, an... Read more

Answer:100% Disk Usage On Windows Start-Up

What version of Windows 10 are you running - 1607, 1703 or 1709 ?

Is your Malware Bytes the free or paid version ?

You can only run one active AV and then use the "other" AV as non-active (used for manual scan a.s.o.)
If you have the free version of Malware Bytes, then Defender and Smart screen are your active AV.

It is normal for Windows to use some CPU time the first 5 min. after startup, you can try to open the
Resource Monitor in Task Manager to see which processes that are running.

The long waiting time for the log in screen to arrive, is not normal. It could be caused by some conflict
between to processes or programs (maybe which AV should be running).

Also, you could for a start try to change the log in screen picture, to check if this change anything.
(You can always set it back to the preferred one.)

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Hi all,

I've noticed that when installing Windows 10 on a mechanical HDD the disk usage in Task Manager almost always appears to be at 100%.

However, when installing Windows 10 to a SSD it appears to be absolutely fine, disk usage is under 20%.

I understand that SSDs are a lot faster as they are flash memory but should HDD's really be at 100% disk usage?

Hopefully someone can answer this, it's been doing my head in for days!
 

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This is a different computer with a new installation. My computer comes to a halt. I will click on something and have to wait awhile before the program begins. I will open a window and wait until it opens. I click close and the window remains there and finally closes a bit later. The only things I have installed are:

Firefox
utorrent
Chrome
Skype
Open Office
Korean IME
Japanese IME
Russian IME
Macromedia Package
Adobe Reader
Spotify
Goldwave
Paperclip a print tool we use for my business

I thought it was a memory leak in Firefox but it persists even when I close that. When I boot fresh, it is at 100%. Here is a screenshot sorted by the programs that are using memory.

Answer:Windows 10 pretty much usually at 100% disk usage

Quick question; does Skype open at Start-up? Not sure if you are aware of this or not but Skype & Google Chrome cause 100% Disk Usage, it's something to do with that. I know that this may not be your solution, but I think turning off Skype from Start-up and making sure it doesn't run alongside Google Chrome is a quick fix. However, if this doesn't work- I have one more solution for you! (:

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I've been having extremely slow startup times with windows lately. From windows logo to welcome screen about a minute then another 4 minutes my HDD is sitting at 100% usage. This really slows things down to a crawl. Only then it gradually goes back down to 0%...
 
System specs:
i5-6600k
16GB DDR4 RAM
1TB WD Blue 7200RPM
 
 
Things I have tried to far
- disabling superfetch and windows search services
- malwarebytes scan
- boot-time scan with avast
- change page file size
- disabling all non windows services (issue still persists)
- disable programs in task manager for startup
- sfc /scannow 
 
I tried a few other things but can't really think of them because of how frustrated I am. The system is very responsive in safe mode. Any advice would be highly appreciated, I'm at the point of pulling my hair out. 
 

 

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I'm having problem with an another terminal. I'm currently using Windows XP SP3 with the latest updates. When I check the disk space of C: it has 45Gig partition and uses up 44Gig. When I try to trace which file has the largest consumption it shows that C:windows has 35+Gig. When I try to look for the file I can't seem to find where it is. When I check my other terminal it only shows the C:windows only uses up 4-5Gig.

Has anyone experienced this problem? Is this a virus?

The other problem is in the folder option of C:windows I can't seem to show the hidden file. even if I apply "show hidden files" it just goes back to "hide hidden file" in the folder option.

Help please... I need to free up some space for my other apps. Thanks!

Answer:Windows XP Untraceable disk usage

I found the source of the problem the file is located in the c:\windows\installer the file type is .msp with the size of 117,166kb. The .msp file with the same size is around 274 files. When I try to delete it, message prompts that it is being used by another program. I will try to go to safe mode and delete the file. Please advise how to fix this problem. Thanks.

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Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post, if it is PLEASE send me a link of the RESOLVED thread.

I have this issue where windows seems to hang/get stuck every 5 to 10 seconds for about 2 seconds, like right now while I am typing. I type the words and about three words types out and then hangs for 2 seconds and the rest I typed while stuck gets lost and I have to backspace and restart again.... Same happens with mouse clicks, sometimes when I click it does not register (I presume it is right in that 2 sec delay sweet spot) but the mouse cursor movement is smooth and does not get stuck.

SO I checked my Task Manager and found that RAM,CPU and Network are all low in the 10% - 20%, but my HDD Runs at like 80% -100% all the time. See Screenshots of Task Manager and Resource monitor. The disk keeps getting used full load every 5 to 10 sec.




I have tried disabling Disk Defragment service in the Task Scheduler and several other tips I found on the net but no luck.

Sorry I am not a fundi on PC's by any means, but I do have a bit of knowledge and applied all the normal things like check background scanning programs like Anti Virus and System Maintenance processes, also did a clean boot to make sure no extra services are running but problem still persists

Has anyone figured out what the problem is here?

Answer:Windows 10 100% Disk Usage every 5 Seconds

Looks like System and backgroundhost using it, try this tip:

How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC's bandwidth to update strangers' systems | PCWorld

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I am using windows 10, a few days ago I downloaded "Winthruster" and its crack file from a website. After installation of crack all the administrator settings automatically changed, disk usage jumped to 100% and I was unable to copy paste anything. I had some important data on my disk so after deleting the "Winthruster and its crack" I somehow managed to move all the data to an external Hardisk and then I completely erased the system and installed the windows again.
After installation of windows I moved some files from my external hardisk back to the system and again the disk usage jumped to 100% and system stopped responding.
Later I again installed the window and this time I installed Kaspersky and Malwarebytes before moving the external hardisk data back to system but that didn't worked and the usage again went 100%
After installing the windows 10 for 10-11 times I installed "Ubuntu Mate" and deleted the "Downloads" folder on external hardisk ( I thought that due to downloading the winthruster crack "Downloads" folder directory was affected ) and after this I again tried windows 10 but same problem still persists.
I have also tried running Ubuntu as a live user via USB and tried to copy the data from external hardisk to windows partition but if I try to copy it shows "the disk is read only". And If I try to format the windows partition in Ubuntu live user mode in ext4 format it allows me to copy the data but ... Read more

Answer:Disk Usage 100% - windows 10 Malware

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I have windows 8.1 fresh installed , i am facing disk usage 100% most of time, with chrome specially . can anyone tell me the solution.

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Hi,
I upgraded to Windows 8 a few months ago with a clean install. Around a month ago, my computer started to freeze up and experience huge slow-downs. Trying to open the Task Manager can take minutes of waiting. When it does open, the physical drive/disk usage (not CPU) for the "System" is 99% or 100%. The "details" tab again shows a process labeled "system" which leads to ntoskrnl.exe in the System32 folder.

I was worried about malware being the problem, but posted in the malware forum here--everything checked out okay.

Any ideas why this program, which from Google sounds like the trigger of the BSOD, might be running at such a high disk usage? Or is something else the problem? Thanks for any help with this!
 

Answer:High Disk Usage in Windows 8

micnike1...

This should take you right to the problem folder/files:

https://www.jam-software.de/custome...guage=EN&PHPSESSID=lhjqrkqfcqi7nmlbmpmbcitgn0

Didn't see it here at MG. If your PC is running slowly, it might take a while for the scan to run, but it will show you how your disk usage is allocated very clearly...
 

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I have windows 10 on a new PC with 0 hdd issues, but my PC starts up and the disk usage stays over 100% for a very long time. Opening software such as google chrome for the first time after a restart takes up to 100% disk usage and so does doing a simple search on my PC. I have disbaled superfetch, windows search, and background intelligent transfer service, but nothing has worked. Is this just Windows 10 OR is it my PC? I've seen a lot of people complain about this issue and have already returned one new HP Envy PC because of issues IT had with windows 10 and sleep issues. Now my Acer 605-UR1B seems to be having issues with this windows as well. Is this normal? If not, what is the normal disk usage for starting up chrome or searching? Here are my specs:
Intel HD Graphics
16gb DD3 Ram
2TB HDD Intel I7 4790
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:High Disk Usage on Windows 10 PC

I have the pro Version of Malwarebytes and it does the same as yours disk 100%. I have had to stop it from running and updating and stopped it at start up. Sometimes windows updates does the same.
Not sure if it is just a W10 problem or just a computer problem.
Cant see any way of solving the problem so just have to put up with it.

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Hello,

Brand : Asus
Processor : i5 - 2,5 Ghz
Memory ( ram ) : 8 Gb
Video : NVidia 2 Gb
HDD : [AHCI mode] - 750 GB
OS : Windows 8 - 64 Bit ( Installed fresh )
Drivers : Installed from original ASUS cd - ( Drivers for Windows 8 - 64 bit )
Virus : Scanned with 3 Antivirus ( nod32, Norton, bit defender ), result = 0 Infected files

Problem : In task manager I find out my Disk Usage is at 100% most of the time. When I copy files or download files it gets up to 100% disk usage and freezes all my other applications. I can't even open Internet Explorer, I must wait about 2-3 minutes to open. Everything works fine but when I do copy/download/process anything that needs writing on disk => my computer works very slow. I must say I get this at system start too, when I open my computer and Windows 8 starts, I must wait about 5 minutes to access some applications like word, yahoo or others.

PS : For this configuration, I find this slow-working pc not appropriate ! I had windows 7 before and it worked PERFECT ! Any solutions ?

Thank you and hope to get some answers !

Answer:Disk usage 100% - Problem Windows 8

Use your task manager to find the culprit.
In the Processes tab, which "task" is high on disk usage?
This is generally a driver problem, I had an outdated network driver once that caused this.

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Hi

My vista windows explorer has decided to stop showing the amount of disk usage visually with the green bar in the status bar and main window view. It seems this problem is unique as I can't find a solution or similar problem anywhere else.

I realise this is a small item but any help would be gratefully welcome.

jpcarr.

Answer:Windows explorer disk usage

Hello,
I might suggest pop open task mgr while running internet explorer and look for internet explorer CPU usage ?

Vistadrone1

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Edit: laptop might also chrash while in airplane mode, however making an internet connextion is still a surefire way to make it crash.

Seemingly out of nowhere my laptop has been freezing usually minutes after I started it up. I can then restart my laptop and it works for another few minutes and freezes again. While looking at task manager I noticed the disk going up to 100%, however the individual processes did not account for this 100% use.

I tried to increase/decrease my virtual memory but this did not seem to have any effect.
After screwing around a bit with clean reboot I think I have found the cause of my problem.
When My computer makes an internet connection for something, a browser or a game, it will skyrocket the disk usage to 100% and freeze. I can start my laptop with all processes and services enabled and when I put it on airport mode nothing will be wrong. however once I enable internet and surf around for about 1 minute my computer will freeze. this happened for multiple browsers and also for multiple games. Also I am currently typing this from my brothers laptop with the same internet connection. I have no idea how to fix this. Help would be much appriciated.

Answer:Windows 8 100% disk usage causes freeze

Hello darkieee,

One thing to check is to open Resource Monitor, and click on the Disk tab to help see what is using so much.

Resource Monitor - Windows 7 Help Forums

It wouldn't hurt to also do a full scan of your system with an AV program like the free MalwareBytes Ant-Malware Free to help make sure it's clean.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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I am using windows 10, a few days ago I downloaded "Winthruster" and its crack file from a website. After installation of crack all the administrator settings automatically changed, disk usage jumped to 100% and I was unable to copy paste anything. I had some important data on my disk so after deleting the "Winthruster and its crack" I somehow managed to move all the data to an external Hardisk and then I completely erased the system and installed the windows again.
After installation of windows I moved some files from my external hardisk back to the system and again the disk usage jumped to 100% and system stopped responding.
Later I again installed the window and this time I installed Kaspersky and Malwarebytes before moving the external hardisk data back to system but that didn't worked and the usage again went 100%
After installing the windows 10 for 10-11 times I installed "Ubuntu Mate" and deleted the "Downloads" folder on external hardisk ( I thought that due to downloading the winthruster crack "Downloads" folder directory was affected ) and after this I again tried windows 10 but same problem still persists.
I have also tried running Ubuntu as a live user via USB and tried to copy the data from external hardisk to windows partition but if I try to copy it shows "the disk is read only". And If I try to format the windows partition in Ubuntu live user mode in ext4 format it allows me to copy the data but ... Read more

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100% disk usage. CPU 7%; Memory 62% (firefox); Network 0%. Used space: 1.48 TB; Free Space: 333 GB (1.81 TB capacity). File System: NTFS. 64-bit Operating System; 8GB RAM. i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz, Windows 10.
 I can't bring down the disk usage. I've disabled Superfetch, BITS and the Windows Search Service. I uninstalled Viber and Skype.  I stopped Windows from using my PC to share/deliver updates. I updated my BIOS. I ran a system assessment (F12) The Disk usage doesn't seem to change from 97-100% usage. I'm at a complete loss.  Any ideas?

Plus, I have this weird Ethernet usage that I can't explain:

Answer:100% Disk usage; Windows 10; Alienware x51

access the task manager by right clicking on the task bar.  You can click on disk and see what program is using up all your disk cycles.

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Hello, can someone help me with issue ? For first 4 days my Windows 8 runs perfect. But after when i started my PC i get about 15 min. freeze. Later i saw in my task manager, when lag happens my Disk Usage go to 100%, i didn?t saw any process, what have some big usage. My proceses was only at 0 MB - 0.1MB and disk usage was at 100%. I am really fed up with this. Please know someone something about this issue ? Or know fix ? Thank you for any answer.

Answer:Windows 8 - 100% Disk Usage (15 min. freeze)

Solved - Install CCleaner (CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download), and choose to find registry issues. Then fix all. That?s it guys :-) Hope i helped you.

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Hi, forced to post this from my phone. Since about two days ago, my laptop has been freezing. With the task manager open, I see that I'm using 100%disk, but all of the applications are showing 0 MB/s. This happens about 30 minutes after I boot up. Unfortunately it makes it difficult for me to get logs. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I also noticed that after one of these crashes, my Steam settings get reset.

Answer:Windows 8.1, 100% disk usage freezing

Running at 100% is already a major problem, but when your Task manager is messed up too, it insinuates a bigger problem than just some process coming on, gobbling up all your hard drive capacities.
At a certain point, you'll have to consider chasing virus' and malware, but you could do a small job first, that basically attempts to make Windows function properly by way of using files that you have on hand for that purpose.
The job takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Open a command window with Admin rights, and copy and paste the following, then hit enter.    sfc /scannow
You'll get a report at the end, telling you if it repaired anything, perhaps requiring a reboot.
 
PS: It occurs to me that if the problem is only 2 days old, there's a good chance that you could resolve the it by doing a System Restore to a date that precedes the issue.

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Hi, I am playing a game getting great FPS Then it just quits.. I checked the disk usage and it's at 100%! What should I do? I am only playing that one game and nothing else! I have 8 gigabytes of ram.. PLEASE HELP ME!

Answer:Need Help With High Disk Usage! Windows 8

In DOS, nothing ran in the background when you were running aprogram.

Then Windows came along, and we had something new..... SERVICES.

I first discovered them in Windows XP. And I realized almost immediately that many of those SERVICES were redundant. (not required for the average user)

So I set about disabling all the services that I didn't need running all the time. Gee! My PC speeded up considerably!

I found a listing on the "Black Viper" website, of every SERVICE and which ones can be safely disabled for the average user PC.
I promptly disabled 24 services for Windows XP. I put that in a batch file, so I could repeat it, in just a few seconds.

That was continued to Windows 7 and now to Windows 8.

Most of what works well for Windows 7, will also work for Windows 8 or even 8.1.
They are not all that different. The registries are almost identical.

I'm still using my Windows 7 tweaks for Windows 8 and it works, just fine. Go figure!
Windows 7 and Windows 8 are more alike than MS wants you to know. (Big Secret)

Cheers Mates!
TM

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win10 pro 64biti5 6600k16gb DDR4 1070GTXWD Blue 1tbnewer computer, 3-4 weeks------------------came home today, noticed the PC was laggy and the HDD was spinning up making alot of noise, check performance and disk usage at 100%processes using most of the disk are"system and compressed memory""service host: local service (network restricted)/ network service"not sure what to do, I'm new to win10 and so far not very pleased. any help is appreciated, ofcourse. ask if you need any info from me.

Answer:windows 10 very high disk usage 100%

I would DLoad and run Data Lifeguard tools from WD...Follow the guide for creating a bootable CD which is the best way to run the test...

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hi

my computer has been super slow lately, after searching and scaning for virus i found out that ntoskrnl was causing it, sometimes also the google chrome
browser.
i already downloaded the windows perfomance toolkit, i scanned for 60s with the default settings.
this is what i got, wpr etl data:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=34F96042B8832C6E!138&authkey=!AH2Hs0c4UIliEa4&ithint=file%2cetl

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I have been trying to fix this issue for two days now. I did a fresh install of windows 8 twice and the problem still persists. I think I have tried every solution offered by google so far and I am at my wits end. It causes freezing in video games and I just want to play all these cool games I bought on steam, not to mention browse the internet without freezing. Please people of eightforums.com I ask... no, I beg for your help!

Answer:Getting 100% Disk Usage Spikes On Windows 8

Did you run a diagnostic on the HD? It could be a hardware issue.

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Every 10-40 minutes, the application I'm currently working in [whither it be skype, L4D2, or firefox] becomes unresponsive, and after a minute or two, the window turns white, notifying me that it's not responding. This unresponsiveness quickly spreads to other open processes, rendering them frozen as well. I can still use the mouse, and it appears rainmeter still responds [updates, showing barely any CPU usage].

Steps I've taken to try and resolve this:
Using only one main program, still does it
turning the computer off and on again
Memtest is clean
chkdisk passes
MBAM/MSE scans return nothing
defragged
no memory overflows that I can see

While troubleshooting, I noticed that during the 'fit of unresponsiveness' the disk usage light on my tower is solid, but when I looked at the disk usage in the resource monitor, no processes whatsoever were using it [screenshot related]

If any more specifications are needed, I'll be happy to elaborate.
Thanks!

Answer:Frequent unresponsiveness, 100% hardware disk usage, 0% software usage

It could be indexing. What if you turn off indexing just as an experiment?

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Hi guys, hope you can help me please. I'm not too computer savvy so sorry if I'm missing something important or I say something dumb. I'm really frustrated and I'm trying my best to learn and solve this problem.
So I bought this Vaio with Core i5-3210M, 4Gb Ram, Windows 8 64 bit. I had really high hopes for it, coming from an i3. For the first few weeks it worked fine, but then it started to freeze while watching movies. Then it started happening all the time, and the cooling fan became consistently noisy for working at full capacity.
I was used to opening task manager on older systems when this happened to see if there was a non-responding program and force it closed, so I noticed Task Manager offers some more features in Win 8. Here, I see that CPU usage is high, staying always around 70% and from time to time reaching 100. At this moment, the process taking the biggest slice is called VCS System Tray with 58%.
What's perhaps more concerning, is that Disk usage is almost constantly on 100%. And by this I mean it reaches 100 and stays there for long periods of time, perhaps up to 20 minutes, then it falls down a few seconds and up again to 100. During this time the computer is excruciatingly painful to use. To even open a program takes forever. When this happens, it seems that Chrome is at the top of the list of processes with most disk usage, with about 1-2Mbps, but this sometimes changes and the list can be led by System, Utorrent, Octoshape, VCS System Tray, Communication... Read more

Answer:100% CPU usage, 100% Disk usage, cooling fans full speed

Hi, welcome to the forums,
Go to Device manager(right click bottom left corner), uninstall the "VAIO care" driver, get the new driver from Sony support:Sony eSupport - Computers - Support
Install and see whether it helps, check your system for virus infections with Malwarebytes as well.

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Hi Team,
I have recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 13 5378 2-in-1 model laptop running with Microsoft Windows 10 Home OS and from the moment it has been started, I have been observing extremely slow performance issue being caused by 100% disk usage showing in "Task Manager".
There isn't anything being installed on the system yet, and still its taking ages to open any utility window (task manager, system properties etc.) with really poor performance. I am continuously observing 100% Disk usage without even running anything. This doesn't seems to be an healthy scenario.
I am already done through diagnostics test rub and clean boot, however nothing has helped me.Kindly assist as this laptop is completely unusable for me.

Thanks,Saurabh

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Right here goes, my first post, please be gentle with me.
I have put a 120Gb Intel SSD in my laptop, done a fresh install of Windows 8 from the supplied recovery DVD's. Then upgraded to Windows 8.1 through the Windows store, installed Photoshop 7 and Kingsoft Office and a couple of very small other programs. Everything is working fine. Great. I have hardly any docs music etc on this machine (they are all on my server).
I checked my hard drive usage and discover that I have used 75.3Gb and only have 31.2Gb left. C: partition is 106Gb. I know that the recovery DVD's created restore partitions and they can be seen in disk management. No worries there, they are only a few Gb and make up the total usable disk space (120Gb or so)
So I have been looking for where the bloat is. I have enabled viewing hidden files, and added up all the folders sizes on the root of C: It comes to 44Gb. It doesn't add up to anywhere near the total that I am being told is used 75Gb.
So what is using the additional 31Gb or so? and how do I find it?
I have attached a screenshot showing properties of "all in c:/" and properties of "Local Disk C"
As you can see, they are very different.
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows 8.1 invisible hard disk usage?

Hi there
download TREESIZE Free or WINDIRSTATS -- these give a decent "Tree like" representation of what's using your disk space.

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

https://windirstat.info/

Cheers
jimbo

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I have been using my desktop for a while now, and I notice that even when the memory, CPU are active or inactive but not at a high usage level, a single task (such as right clicking on a tray icon) or opening a program will stall the hard drive, as disk access shoots up to 100% or near it.

I have posted a screenshot of my hard disk activity as monitored by the system utility 'Resource Monitor': All I did was open up windows live messenger, and then right click some system tray icons a couple of times, and then the resulting spikes happened.

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/hiYWM.png

When I first boot up my computer from a shutdown or sleep state, logging into an inactive account also hogs the disk access as everything slows down a lot for the first 30-60 seconds, as well.

I just ran the system discovery/specification utility, the results are below:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4094 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305141 MB, Free - 67058 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G31M-ES2L
Antivirus: Avira Desktop, Updated and Enabled
 

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I recently reset my windows 8 laptop back to its factory settings, the problem that I've Had so far is that the disk usage will be either close to or exactly 100%..I have run chkdsk on C: (nothing came up), cleared off some of the bloat ware that was preinstalled.. I haveYet to install updates but I am hoping that might fix my problem..Is there anything else that could be causing my high disk usage issue?

Answer:Windows 8 laptop High Disk Usage

You start task manager, select the performance tab, open resource monitor, select disk tab then open a cmd.exe as a admin (windows key+x+a)now you stop various suspected services and watch how the system responds in resouce monitor.for example:net.exe stop superfetch (hit enter and see if your disk usage goes down after a min or two)net.exe stop "Windows search".

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so I just bought a new computer.and i noticed that its quite slow, even when just watching a stream on medium quality.and I think my specs should be good enough to not have problems with streaming and opening normal programs.my specs are:AMD E2-2000 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics(2 CPUs) 1,8 Ghz4 Gb ramgraphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7340M all drivers updated with drivertuner 3.5any help is appriciated

Answer:high cpu, disk, memory usage on windows 8

You can have the fastest computer ever built but if your ISP is slow there's not much you can do about it.Let's check the speed.Please download MiniToolBox to Desktop and run it.Checkmark the following boxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP ConfigurationLst Last 10 Event Viewer ErrorsList Users, Partitions and Memory Size[/b]Click Go and copy/paste the log (Result.txt) into your next post.

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Disk usage is intermittently 99-100% and Task Manager has pinpointed Windows Defender Service as the culprit. So, how should I deal with this? I'd rather not have to somehow disable it altogether (it won't even let me end the task) but I'm very concerned that this is going to prematurely kill my HDD, and I'd far rather deal with some malware than that. I prefer MBAM anyway...

Once so far, this has been severe enough to entirely lock the system up. I'd rather it not happen again.

Edit: This is not due to conflict between Win Defender and MBAM (not 'real-time').

Answer:99-100% Disk Usage, Windows Defender Service

Mortiferon said:

Disk usage is intermittently 99-100% and Task Manager has pinpointed Windows Defender Service as the culprit. So, how should I deal with this? I'd rather not have to somehow disable it altogether (it won't even let me end the task) but I'm very concerned that this is going to prematurely kill my HDD, and I'd far rather deal with some malware than that. I prefer MBAM anyway...

Once so far, this has been severe enough to entirely lock the system up. I'd rather it not happen again.

Edit: This is not due to conflict between Win Defender and MBAM (not 'real-time').



Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

MBAM is an anti-malware program, while Defender is an anti-virus. MBAM works alongside AVs in harmony on a system - even the Pro (paid) version which is always active (as opposed to the free/passive version).

Personally, (and this is just my personal opinion), I would suspect that Defender is having difficulty with something lurking on your system.

One thing to do, would be to download and install a 3rd-party AV (like Avast Free, or the 30-day trial of ESET NOD), which will auto-disable Defender as it takes over. Once it is installed and fully updated, I would run a complete scan, including scheduling a boot-time scan (which can be found in the settings in Avast.)

If you have any problems installing Avast/ESET (or whatever program you choose), it could be a sign of something bigger.

You could also run the System File Check to make sure everyt... Read more

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I have a 116GB partition that Windows is claiming is using all but 13GB.

With hidden files being shown, doing a select all on the root of the partition and selecting properties shows its only using 75GB.

Where is the remaining 30GB at?
 

Answer:Windows Reporting incorrect disk usage

Is it the Windows partition?

You can use a program like Disktective to find out what's taking up the disk space.
 

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Hi. I've owned a Lenovo Ideapad Z580 for a few months now. I've noticed that in task manager disk usage is often going to 100% and this is due to "system". I'm guessing that means windows 8 is causing this bottleneck, but i believe there's a problem with windows 8 because it shouldn't constantly be bringing my laptop to a slowdown by using 100% of the disk. It could also be possible the driver need's updating or this is just an issues with my laptop i'm unsure. I've looked hard to find sollutions but can't find anything. If anyone has any help or a sollution please let me know. Cheers!

Answer:Ideapad z580 - Disk Usage 100% in windows 8

Also the post makes it sound like i'm asking for a windows 8 solution but i'm actually wondering if anyone else with a z580 has had this problem too, if the problem has affected other z580 users, and if there is some kind of sollution to the issue.  

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Very frequently my laptops disk usage (as seen in task manager) jumps to 100% even if the all the programs below use anywhere between 0 MB/s to .5 MB?s. I've tried disabling superfetch and windows search. I've also already increased the maximum disk usage allowed. When the disk usage raises this high, usually on start up or when opening a new process, my laptop hangs and indefinitely refuses to respond until a forced shutdown and restart. I've been researching fixes to no avail . Please help!!

Answer:Windows 8.1 Disk Usage jumps to 100% after sleep?

Open up the Performance Monitor to view which processes are taking up the most disk usage. If it is a third party application, you could uninstall it.

If unsure, you can get to the Resource Monitor from within the Task Manager (under the Performance Tab with the "more details" button pressed, there is a link at bottom to "Open Resource Monitor").

If things are that slow after your system awakes, I suggest you open the monitor before sleeping, then wake the system and view the disk usage section to see which process is causing the issue.

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On my computer, ntoskrnl.exe process is consuming high Disk & CPU usage. It spikes up to about 40% sometimes when downloading anything. But usually, spikes to around 7% will just general usage of the system. It's not supposed to use that much and I wouldn't mind it using that much if it didn't lag the whole pc even at 7%. I've tried turning off superfetch & runtime broker.
I have also changed the memory managment thing in the registry and ran both System File Checker and DISM. Also used the refresh OS option which is supposed to pretty much be like a new install but that didn't work either.
P.S. Used Driver Booster 4 to make sure all my drivers were up to date. And have disabled my firewall while trying to downloading things. This also only started after installing the creators update before I did the refresh OS.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted by admin HappyAndyK:
Reposting here in your post, as my original post got deleted.
By the memory management thing, I assume that you changed the value of ClearPageFileAtShutDown registry key.
I assume that you have run the usual like running an antivirus scan, defragging the hard drive and running the built-in Performance Troubleshooter.
Open an elevated Command Prompt, type the following and hit Enter to run the Performance Troubleshooter.
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Answer:Ntoskrnl.exe high CPU & Disk usage in Windows 10

Okay, I haven't replied cause I thought I had fixed the issue. I updated my network driver and everything was working fine. Until I shut down my pc and turned it back on, the problem occurred again even though the driver is still installed. Now the funny thing is if I uninstall the driver then reinstall it and restart the pc I don't get the problem anymore...until I shut down my pc again. Also I can't run msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic, I get "Sorry, this troubleshooter doesn't work with this version of windows" " We disabled this troubleshooter because it won't work on this pc"

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Hi all,
We have a custom built PC running Windows 10 and it was operating flawlessly up until about five days ago. We changed nothing, downloaded only one piece of official software (from the Logitech website to support a new webcam), but the system suddenly started running slowly. The disk usage and/or CPU will randomly spike, even if we're only running one or two programs. Start running four or five and the performance lags significantly. We've run several anti-malware and system scans, have updated everything, tried a couple of fixes we found online (such as disabling Windows Search and superfetch), but nothing has worked so far. If anyone has any suggestions, we would greatly appreciate it!
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.14393 Build 14393
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model To be filled by O.E.M.
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU To be filled by O.E.M.
Processor AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor, 3500 Mhz, 3 Core(s), 6 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. F1, 8/6/2013
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BIOS Mode Legacy
BaseBoard Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
BaseBoard Model Not Available
BaseBoard Name Base Board
Platform Role Desktop
Secure Boot State Unsupported
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskV... Read more

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i have high usage on my laptop lenovo g580 using windows 8. check task manager and i see cpu memory and disk fluxuating up and down to 3% can go up to 100 at times. when i open google chrome. watch video or play games. i hear my fan turn on and i think my hardrive and i check task manager and i see the problem happening. i did a virus scan and searched everywhere online. i couldnt seem to find a solution. when im not using the pc its a stable 3 percent but my memoryis at 37 which i barely have anything installed but 1 game and a google chrome. any idea whats going on?

Answer:Windows 8 High usage CPU/Memory and disk

Some AV programs use quite a bit of resources. They are running all of the time, I use an AV that only scans if significant file system changes are detected, like installing a new program or downloading files. Under normal use, the real time scanner is in an idle state.

Try tweeking your AV settings, shut off any real time protection, see if that improves the performance. If it does, I'd consider getting a different AV program. I use Eset but only after trying every other one there is, its the one that impacts my performance the least. Mcafee was the worst, Norton second worst. Also, new AV suites overwrite the already adequate Windows Firewall, I don't see any reason to install any of those. Eset makes a Smart Security suite, I only use that in XP systems that don;t have a real full firewall. Norton and Mcafee will put a full firewall in there and it is in a "Learning" state, which means it nags you as you use your machine.

There could be another program that hogs your resources as well, maybe something you weren't aware got installed. Toolbars, Chrome and Firefox Extensions, are all suspect. Look for icons in your tray that you don't know what they are, also change your taskbar settings so it shows all tray items without hiding anything.

Welcome to Windows 8 forums.

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Hello denizens of Bleeping Computer,
A bit of a long yarn here. Please bear with me.
I'm having some difficulty with my HP Envy M6 laptop. Things were fine until an automatic update ran two days ago. I'd been delaying the update to 8.1, but Windows updated itself while I was momentarily away from the computer. 
I came back to find the update had finished, but there were problems. The screen was blinking with my blue desktop theme color, and I was unable to even access my desktop. Finally, I was able to go back and choose the "restore" option.
However, for some reason, there were no restore points listed before the update. Rats! So I went back and chose to "refresh" my computer which seemed to work. Only one catch: the system is running loudly continually, lagging quite a bit, and there's a marked increase in CPU and disk usage in Task Manager. I have no idea what happened.
I've since updated Windows to 8.1 and run every update I could find, still to no avail. I've tried running MalWareBytes, disabled "Windows Search" and "Super Fetch" processes (which are common culprits). Curiously, CCleaner found quite a few .dll errors that keep popping up even when I choose to "fix" them. But it looks like these issues are beyond my novice understanding of Windows.
Here's a screenshot of Task Manager from a moment ago...
Note: The usage had dipped low when I took that screenshot. It's usually much higher. Oftentimes the disk usage is at 100%. It seems like the biggest hogs of disk us... Read more

Answer:High CPU and Disk Usage Following Windows 8.1 Update...

This smells like an infection of some type
I'm going to ask a moderator to move your thread into the 'am I infected" forum so you can get expert assistance
Keep us posted
 
Dick

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Hey all, so this is kind of a long story so I'll just begin with the beginning.

This all began (I think) a couple of months ago when my laptop would randomly get 100% Disk Usage according to the Task Manager and it would basically slow everything to an incredible crawl. I noticed this issue began shortly after I had installed a new update to my laptop, so I assumed it had something to do with maybe programs I had installed conflicting or something like that. I don't know. I hadn't reformatted this Laptop since i got it in 2014, so I went ahead and did that.

Things worked great at first, but one day I got a windows update and after installing that I started to have the issue again. I did a lot of careful watching of the programs Task Manager was blaming the 100% disk usage on, and eventually came to Superfetch and Windows Indexing as a potential cause of the issue. I rebooted into safe mode, disabled both of them, and went fine for another couple of weeks.

Tonight it began again, though. I tried the same thing as befor and this time the blame seemed to be swapping around between Cryptographic Services, Diagnoistic Policy, and Windows Event Logs. I disabled Diagnostic POlicy and Windows Event Logs, but that didn't fully fix the issue. It took a solid 15+ minutes for my laptop to reach a usable state after rebooting, but it is now at least working so I'm thankful for that. Unfortunately in my quest to fix the problems, I did things like clear the even... Read more

Answer:100% Disk Usage being blamed on Windows services

Hi emmyg, Welcome to PCHF!

Your issue with 100% disk usage could indicate a failing hard drive but lets rule out any 3rd party programs that could be causing the issue.

Lets make sure there is no corruption in the file system.

Click Start< type Command Prompt in the Start search box, right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator. After the Command Prompt window opens, type chkdsk C: /r and hit enter. Type Y to confirm that you want to schedule a Check Disk to run on the next restart. After the Check Disk has been scheduled, close the Command Prompt window and reboot the computer to allow Check Disk to run.

Then lets see what is starting up with your machine.

Please download Autoruns. After you download the zipped folder on your desktop, right click the zipped folder and click Extract All. After the folder has been extracted open the regular folder. Run the autoruns.exe program by right clicking on it and selecting Run as administrator. When you open the program, click the Logon Tab and then post a screenshot of all the startup entries on the Logon Tab in your next reply.

Also have you installed all the latest drivers for your hardware devices on your laptop such as Chipset, Network, Audio, Video, System BIOS? What make and model of laptop do you have?
 

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