System and compressed memory high disk usage

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  1.    18 Sep 2016 #41

    Okay! Much better results now. I changed the cables and plugged it into the same SATA port. The cable that I had didn't seem to lock in properly so I used one of the cables that the motherboard came with and those seem way sturdier. I managed to complete some benchmark tests on the HDD using crystal disk that wouldn't even run properly last night since it was so slow. I also tried to load into Fallout 4 which is a game that is very resource intensive. Waited on load screen for about 10 minutes last night and didn't even manage to load into game. Today after replacing the cable I managed to load in in about 45~ seconds or so which is a massive difference. Here are the results of the benchmark. I believe these speeds are normal for a 5400 RPM HDD. I also did the copy paste of a 1 gb folder from the same HDD to another location in the HDD and watched the range of the write speed. It averaged between 20-30 mb/s and occasionally dipped down to 10. It still takes a little while for the disk to go back down to 0% after the copy operation is over, but this probably isn't an issue I think.

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    Running the tests again produced slower results, but I think it mirrors how my disk is actually performing compared to the original test. This is a 2.5" laptop HDD so I don't think I can expect higher output?

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    After a restarting the computer and performing a couple more test runs, the numbers seemed to hover in this range. Will perform more tests when the computer has been running for a few hours.

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  2.    19 Sep 2016 #42

    That looks a lot better...:)
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  3.    19 Sep 2016 #43

    dalchina said: View Post
    That looks a lot better...:)
    Ahh that's a relief. Ran the test a few more times and the results mirror the last image. Pretty much exactly the same which is reassuring. I'll monitor the performance over the next week and come back and mark as solved/give rep. Thank you so much for sticking with me through this problem. Glad it was such a simple fix and not something worse. :)
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  4.    25 Sep 2016 #44

    Update: Computer is still performing very well! In fact, I managed to double the speeds thanks to disabling a service that was slowing down my HDD speeds. I have a few MSI hardware in my computer and me being me installed the software that came with it to configure it. A service called MSI_ActiveX_Service was crashing every day and I didn't think much of it since my computer wasn't experiencing any issues. After I "fixed" the HDD issue, I decided to see if there was anything I could do to fix this problem as well. After doing some digging around, I found just one complaint of someone else trying to fix it as well. Turns out he discovered that this service was slowing down his HDD read/write as well and after disabling it he realized that everything went back to normal. I decided to disable the service as well and the difference was huge! Here's a screenshot of a small size file being tested with Crystal disk. Next time I run into issues I should probably boot into safe mode. This would've helped me a lot faster. If anyone stumbles onto this thread, disable the MSI_ActiveX_Service if the path is similar in the crash report C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI\MSI OC Kit\ActiveX_Service\MSI_ActiveX_Service.exe

    Thanks again to everyone that helped me!

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