1.    16 Apr 2017 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Desktop icons take long time to load - 100% disk usage


    Hello everyone,
    This is a problem I've been having for months but only today did I get the idea to ask for help here. So as the title suggests the icons in my desktop take quite some time to load, particularly when I do a cold boot (after a restart for instance). It also seems that the start menu and action center take long to load first time around, with this once again being worse after a cold boot. My best bet is that this is caused by the HDD usage being, according to task manager, always 100 or 99 percent, and it doesn't seem to be caused by a particular process, as if I end the process "causing it", the one below takes its place.

    I have tried various methods to stop this, including:
    -Disabling the superfetch and Windows Search services (since it did not appear to have any effect, I re-enabled them)
    -Uninstalled AVG (and yes, I am certain this is not caused by a virus as I have scanned the computer multiple times since this started)
    -Changed some persmission settings for skype and changed the value of a registry key (check this article for more information https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge...on-windows-10/

    The latter has seemingly improved things a bit but disk usage still seems to be stuck at 100%. Any suggestions on how I could deal with this?
    Thanks in advance.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    16 Apr 2017 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggserp4 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    This is a problem I've been having for months but only today did I get the idea to ask for help here. So as the title suggests the icons in my desktop take quite some time to load, particularly when I do a cold boot (after a restart for instance). It also seems that the start menu and action center take long to load first time around, with this once again being worse after a cold boot. My best bet is that this is caused by the HDD usage being, according to task manager, always 100 or 99 percent, and it doesn't seem to be caused by a particular process, as if I end the process "causing it", the one below takes its place.

    I have tried various methods to stop this, including:
    -Disabling the superfetch and Windows Search services (since it did not appear to have any effect, I re-enabled them)
    -Uninstalled AVG (and yes, I am certain this is not caused by a virus as I have scanned the computer multiple times since this started)
    -Changed some persmission settings for skype and changed the value of a registry key (check this article for more information https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge...on-windows-10/

    The latter has seemingly improved things a bit but disk usage still seems to be stuck at 100%. Any suggestions on how I could deal with this?
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi Aggserp4 and welcome to Tenforums.
    There are a few things to do:
    1. Check your hard drive health
    Crystal Disk Info
    2. Perform a clean boot
    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts - Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
    3. Run this malware scan (it's very quick)
    ADWCleaner
    If it finds anything, please post the log (C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[C1].txt)
    4. Remove Dropbox if you have it installed.

    Let us know how it goes.
    .
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  3.    17 Apr 2017 #3
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hello,
    1. These were the results of the HD health test:

    2. I tried doing a clean boot as instructed but nothing seemed to change.
    3. ADWCleaner did not find any threats.

    Could this indicate that this is a hardware problem?
    Thanks in advance.

    Edit: I noticed that the image was not inserted properly so I am adding a link to the imgur page: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
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  4.    17 Apr 2017 #4
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,826
    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by Aggserp4 View Post
    Hello,
    1. These were the results of the HD health test:

    2. I tried doing a clean boot as instructed but nothing seemed to change.
    3. ADWCleaner did not find any threats.

    Could this indicate that this is a hardware problem?
    Thanks in advance.

    Edit: I noticed that the image was not inserted properly so I am adding a link to the imgur page: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
    Please read here about Reallocated Sector Count failures
    S.M.A.R.T. Attribute: Reallocated Sectors Count | Knowledge Base
    and Uncorrectable Sector Count failures
    S.M.A.R.T. Attribute: Uncorrectable Sector Count | Knowledge Base


    Here is your snapshot
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    I hope your data is backed up?

    I would get a new hard drive, make an image of the old one and transfer it to the new one (Macrium Reflect Free is a good program to use for this). And I wouldn't use the old hard drive at all until you're ready to image it. In fact, I would boot to a Macrium recovery media and do the image that way, to save the drive from unnecessary stress in the Windows OS.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    18 Apr 2017 #5
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    Please read here about Reallocated Sector Count failures
    S.M.A.R.T. Attribute: Reallocated Sectors Count | Knowledge Base
    and Uncorrectable Sector Count failures
    S.M.A.R.T. Attribute: Uncorrectable Sector Count | Knowledge Base


    Here is your snapshot
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	22 
Size:	185.5 KB 
ID:	130607

    I hope your data is backed up?

    I would get a new hard drive, make an image of the old one and transfer it to the new one (Macrium Reflect Free is a good program to use for this). And I wouldn't use the old hard drive at all until you're ready to image it. In fact, I would boot to a Macrium recovery media and do the image that way, to save the drive from unnecessary stress in the Windows OS.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
    Welp. Time to get a new a new hard drive I guess...

    I haven't backed up my data but thankfully all I've got in this computer are steam games. I'll try creating an HD image to an external HD I've got.
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  6.    18 Apr 2017 #6
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,826
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggserp4 View Post
    Welp. Time to get a new a new hard drive I guess...

    I haven't backed up my data but thankfully all I've got in this computer are steam games. I'll try creating an HD image to an external HD I've got.
    Sounds good.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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