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Windows 10 "100% disk usage" problem
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, March 20, 2022 3:28 PM

My Wndows 10 PC is experiencing a common problem, "100% disk usage". The hard drive is operating at 100% usage (not capacity) which makes the PC run dirt slow. Does anyone have a soultion for this?

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 20, 2022 4:12 PM

Windows search and indexing can be very disk intensive.  Try this first - disable windows search and see if it fixes the issue - fixed mine.

Look here and step through 'Way 3'

https://www.cleverfiles.com/howto/100-disk-usage-windows-10.html

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, March 20, 2022 5:51 PM

You can try looking in task manager to see what is accessing your disk so much.  Just hit ctrl+alt+del and click on "task manager" on the menu that comes up.  You can then scroll through the list of applications and processes to see what's responsible for accessing the hard drive so much.  Unfortunately, this sort of thing is usually caused by a virus on your machine, but task manager would be a good, first troubleshooting step.

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Posted by ddp59 on Sunday, March 20, 2022 6:22 PM

JohnnyK, what is your system specs?

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 21, 2022 12:26 PM

ddp59

JohnnyK, what is your system specs?

 

Intel Core i-3-6100 CPU

8 GB RAM

900GB Disc, 554 GB free

2944MB Virtual Memory

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Posted by ddp59 on Monday, March 21, 2022 12:58 PM

mechanical hard drive or ssd? i presume desktop not laptop?

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Posted by disastermaster on Monday, March 21, 2022 1:20 PM

JohnnyK

My Wndows 10 PC is experiencing a common problem, "100% disk usage". The hard drive is operating at 100% usage (not capacity) which makes the PC run dirt slow. Does anyone have a soultion for this?

 

 
http://images.yuku.com/image/gif/2e9dc294abfc48f193770c937fca3fe0_r.gif Buy a Mac......
        and never look back.

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Posted by ddp59 on Monday, March 21, 2022 6:23 PM

disastermaster, explain that to a friend of mine who has a mac & has troubles with it.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, March 21, 2022 6:34 PM

My wife has an older HP all-in-one and it was having a similar problem.  Turned out it was downloading rather large updates.  Can you leave the machine on overnight, don't let it go to sleep.  Could me the same issue.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:36 PM

ddp59

mechanical hard drive or ssd? i presume desktop not laptop?

 

Yes, it's a hard drive.  HP computer.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:38 PM

disastermaster

 

 
JohnnyK

My Wndows 10 PC is experiencing a common problem, "100% disk usage". The hard drive is operating at 100% usage (not capacity) which makes the PC run dirt slow. Does anyone have a soultion for this?

 

 

 
http://images.yuku.com/image/gif/2e9dc294abfc48f193770c937fca3fe0_r.gif Buy a Mac......
        and never look back.
 

Well, I also have a MacBook. For some reason I cannot login to the FSM forum on the MacBook. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:38 PM

keavdog

My wife has an older HP all-in-one and it was having a similar problem.  Turned out it was downloading rather large updates.  Can you leave the machine on overnight, don't let it go to sleep.  Could me the same issue.

 

I'll give that a try.  Thanks.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:23 PM

JohnnyK

Well, I also have a MacBook. For some reason I cannot login to the FSM forum on the MacBook. 

 

Never used a Mac laptop....

Always a desktop, for over 20 years now. FSM comes in great.

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 6:02 PM

ddp59

disastermaster, explain that to a friend of mine who has a mac & has troubles with it.

I guess it's all in the way you hold your mouse .....
...or maybe I'm just lucky.
 
I put in a larger hard drive last year. I've got over 20 years of info.
(thanks to having a separate backup hard drive and updating each month)
 
This old imac is a 2012 model running the latest ƒirefox browser.

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Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 11:25 PM

JohnnyK, hp computer can also be a laptop besides a desktop. could install a ssd as your windows drive & use the hard drive for your data as the ssd is about 10 times faster then the hard drive. i've done that with both of my towers with a 128gig ssd for windows & a 1tb hard drive for data.

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, March 31, 2022 9:21 PM

Was it the CPU or the memory?  I had a similar thing happen to me today, fired up PC and after 60 seconds of idling the memory usage was maxed out.  I traced it back to a web based media server program I use to stream movies from my hard drive to my TV. I disabled the program from start up, restarted, and it is fixed.    

Robert

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, April 3, 2022 10:46 AM

Glamdring

Was it the CPU or the memory?  I had a similar thing happen to me today, fired up PC and after 60 seconds of idling the memory usage was maxed out.  I traced it back to a web based media server program I use to stream movies from my hard drive to my TV. I disabled the program from start up, restarted, and it is fixed.    

 

Sorry for the slow response to your question. I do not get e-mail notifications.

Mo hard drive runs at 100% usage.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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