Windows 10: 100% disk usage on new laptop

  1.    28 Dec 2016 #1

    100% disk usage on new laptop


    So I bought this laptop the other day strictly for on the road work in excel/word and the like browsing and email. Nothing super intensive. It's not a great a great laptop by any stretch but it will meet my needs an it was cheap, only paid $115 for it brand new.

    AMD Quad core E2 7110
    4 GB Ram
    500 GB HD
    Windows 10

    I am a gamer, so my main rig at home is a gaming rig. So my first impression of this thing was that it was sluggish, but I kind of wrote it off at being used to the speed of my desktop.

    However today I finally decided it was way slower than it should be, so I dug in and found my disk usage stays at 100%, constantly and never drops. While searching I have found this seems to be an issue, but I cannot seem to find a resolution.

    Here is what I have tired:

    Disabled superfetch and Windows search at startup

    Set my page file to custom (min ram max x2 ram)

    Disabled windows tips

    Unistalled/disabled ALL Antivirus, nothing is running on it atm

    Uninstalled chrome and Skype (I read they can conflict)

    I read a Microsoft article about a HDD driver issue, I'm not using that driver.

    Disabled Flash.

    One drive is currently disabled.

    All drivers etc up to date

    If anyone has any other ideas I would love to hear them! THANKS!
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  2.    28 Dec 2016 #2

    Welcome to the forum. Randomly stopping things won't help you need to know what's using the disk look at task manager sort on disk usage and see what it is
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       28 Dec 2016 #3

    Welcome to the TenForums

    Open Task Manager, click on Performance Tab, at bottom Open Resource manager, click on Disk Tab. Top windows is Processes with Disk activity. Hopefully the culprit will be listed there and you can see if it is reading or writing. If you expand lower window, Disk Activity it gives more detail.
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  4.    28 Dec 2016 #4

    Samuria said: View Post
    Welcome to the forum. Randomly stopping things won't help you need to know what's using the disk look at task manager sort on disk usage and see what it is
    Well that's part of the issue, nothing shows any extraordinarily high disk usage. In fact compared to my desktop all the standard running things are lower. That was something else that came up in my searches was that the culprit was rarely evident in task manager.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       28 Dec 2016 #5

    Have you tried a clean boot to see if behavior persists?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       29 Dec 2016 #6

    Could I also suggest sysinternal tools, diskmon. It states it captures all disk activities. Borg386 had suggested one of thier tools for memory mapping and I've been researching other options every since.
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  7.    29 Dec 2016 #7

    That looks interesting I will give that a try thanks!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    29 Dec 2016 #8

    So, turns out it was a Windows Update issue. Even though it wasn't showing in the task manager or resource management a task was running.

    I ran the Windows Update Troubleshooter from here

    And it found all kinds of errors, fixed them all and restarted. Now it's running fine! Disk usage is down to nothing at idle.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       29 Dec 2016 #9

    You can also access trouble shooting on your device in case others are reading this. You type troubleshooting into cortana search bar and the top entry in returned items is Trouble Shooting in Control panel. Only trick is run it as administrator.
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