Windows 10: Screen lockup for 10-20 minutes with HDD churning

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       30 Aug 2015 #1

    Screen lockup for 10-20 minutes with HDD churning

    On one of the Windows 10 systems here (upgrade followed by reset) all applications including the desktop become unresponsive for up to 20 minutes or so with the "spinning doughnut" mouse pointer displayed. During this entire period, something is hammering away on the hard drive.

    If I leave it long enough, the hard disk stops churning, and everything wakes up again.

    Clearly some process has locked out all application screen updates (why?) while it does something to the hard drive.

    There are no entries in either the Application or System event logs that match up with the times that this has happened.

    The only common factor is that on several occasions I've had a VMware virtual machine running, but I don't think that it is every time.

    Graphics card is an ATI FireGL V7600 sfc /scannnow thinks everything is OK

    Any thoughts?
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  2.    30 Aug 2015 #2

    No windows 10 specific suggestions here. But, if you haven't already done so, check your sata cable, performance plan (hard drives sleep settings) and Smart data. Best of luck
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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