Windows 10: Disk activity is 99% or higher almost all the time

  1.    04 Dec 2017 #1

    Disk activity is 99% or higher almost all the time

    Over the last few months, I've had more and more problems with "Not responding" on the programs I am running. (I have a Dell 5559 laptop running Windows 10.) I've gotten in the habit of having Task Manager running all the time and whenever the computer slows to a crawl, I look at Task Manager. In the vast majority of the cases, the slowdown coincides with Disk Activity of 99 or 100%. This happens a LOT! I've been told I'm a very patient person but waiting 5 and 10 and even 15 minutes for a click to be acted upon is more than I can take. I'm using a different computer to post this question because it would take the rest of the morning to do this on the ailing computer.

    How can I determine the cause of the problem? I thought I might be in need of a defrag because I hadn't initiated one since I got the computer but Windows 10 apparently defaults to a weekly defrag and I was only 2% fragmented before I ran the defrag. The hard drive is 1 TB in size and is NOT full; the amount of free space on the C: is 80+GB and much more on the data partition. Could the drive itself be failing after just two years?
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  2.    04 Dec 2017 #2

    I would like to have you run a Clean Boot.

    How to perform a Clean Boot.

    Warning: Disabling items in Services or Startup may leave your anitivirus disabled until the process is ended. For this reason I would suggest that you perform this process off line.

    Press the keys to open Run, then type msconfig in the search box. This will open System Configuration.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, you should enter the password or provide confirmation.

    (1) Click/tap on the General tab.

    (2) Click/tap on the Selective startup option.

    (3) Remove the check mark in the Load startup items check box.

    4. Click on the Services tab.

    5. Place a check mark in the Hide all Microsoft services check box, this will remove the Microsoft Services from the list but will still be running.

    6. Click Disable all, this will remove all of the check marks in the Services list.

    7. Click on Apply then OK

    Click on Restart in the window that opens.

    When the computer is restarted it will boot normally.

    If the problem does not continue after the restart please do the following.

    8. Divide the number of these services by two and you place checks in the first half of these, then restart the computer.

    9. If the problem doesn't return in those services remove the checks and place checks in the remaining services and restart the computer.

    10. When you find which half the service is in go on to the next step.

    11. The half which has the service causing this problem remove half of the checks as you did previously to see which half has this service. Restart the computer.

    12. If it isn't in the first half of these services, do the same with the last half of the services.

    13. Once you have narrowed it down to the last three or four services remove the checks one at a time till you find the service at fault.

    Once you have found the service post it in your topic. Do not take any action until I suggest the next step.
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