How to Fix 100% Disk Usage on Windows. - Tech2Craft

How to Fix 100% Disk Usage on Windows.

February 23, 2018

Many users face a situation when their windows is at 100% disk usage. Thus their PC tends to freeze and unable to run smoothly. It took ages to open applications such as Task Manager and after opening the users realize that their disk is being used at its full capacity.

To check weather your disk is running at its full capacity open the Task Manager then under 'Process and Performance' tab observe that disk utilization reaches upto 100%. This leads to lags and unresponsive system. Applications give error messages. The system starts freezing until disk usage is reduced from 100%.

Fix Windows 10 '100% disk usage problem'
Here are few methods that have helped some users fix their Windows 10 100% disk usage problem. By following simple procedures to resolve Windows 10 100% disk usage problem.

Method One. Check your Anti-virus Software

Usually, the virus could be the main cause of 100% disk usage. Scan your computer completely and your antivirus software should be able to deal with this, whether it's a free app or a paid suite.
At the very least, tools such as Mcafee, Avast, and AVG anti-virus should be able to scan your system drive and detect any problems, inspite of having heavy load on your drive, this may take a while. Also windows defender would be good to cope up with this situation.

Method Two. Disable Windows Search
There are two ways to disable Windows Search:  temporarily disable Windows Search and permanently disable Windows Search.

Temporarily disable Windows Search:
•        Right click on Start button
•        Run  Command Prompt as an administrator
•        Now type net.exe stop "Windows search"

Permanently disable Windows Search:
•         Press Windows + R key, then type services.msc.
•         Double-click Windows Search option to enter Properties window.
•         Now change the Startup type to Disabled. Then click Apply and OK to save your changes.

Method Three. Clear up the Running Memory
You can clear up running memory which will decrease the disk usage. Here are simple steps to solve this problem. You can use free clear up tool - EaseUS free partition software, then follow the steps.
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Step 1. Launch EaseUS free partition tool and click "Cleanup and Optimization". Then choose "Junk File Cleanup".
Step 2. Click "Analyze" to let the tool find trash that takes up space on your PC.
Step 3. Check and choose the trash you want to clear up and then click "Clean up".

Method Four: Disable SuperFetch
SuperFetch helps to decrease boot time and make must-load programs run more efficiently. However, this causes disk performance issues in Windows 8 and later versions of Windows, including Windows 10. Here’s how to stop this service:

1) On your keyboard, press Windows key and X at the same time, then choose Command Prompt (Admin).
2) Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt.
3) The command prompt will once again display. Type in the following command:
net.exe stop superfetch
4) Hit Enter on your keyboard.

Check after sometime to see if computer starts performing better.

Method Five: Run disk check
1) On your keyboard, press Windows key and X at the same time, then run command prompt as admin
2) The command prompt will once again display. Type in the following command:
chkdsk.exe /f /r
4) Hit Enter key, then type Y to confirm. This will perform the disk check the next time you restart your computer.

Method Six:
Change the settings in Google Chrome and Skype
Sometimes particular combination of Skype and Google Chrome browser settings causes the 100% disk usage problem.
Note that the steps on different versions of Chrome could be slightly different.
1) In Google Chrome, click the three-dot icon at the top right corner and choose Settings.
2) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Advanced.
3) Now turn off “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” option under 'Privacy and Security' section.
4) Also make sure that your Skype is not running.
5) Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\.
6) Right-click on Skype.exe and select Properties.
7) Go to the Security tab and select Edit.
8) Click “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES” option and check “Allow” checkbox for Write and click on “Apply” button

Now check your disk usage in Task Manager to see if this has resolved the problem. 

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