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Zachary Roberts

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28 February 2014 19:18:07

I've noticed my PC running at 100% disk usage on more than one occasion. AVG seems to
always be at the top of the list of disk reads/writes. So maybe this is the culprit?

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I'm pretty sure nothing is physically wrong with my computer as I had issues like this before
on Windows 8 (on a laptop) and those issues weren't reproduced when I ran Windows 7 on
that laptop.
It can't be a driver issue as the latest drivers (Windows 8 compatible) are all installed and
operational. Today my disk ran to 100% shortly after startup and it was so busy doing "stuff"
that my PC froze for a few seconds (not even the mouse could move) then it unfroze itself a
few seconds later. Like I said, I've had these issues before on Windows 8. I've also googled
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28 February 2014 21:41:27

I have looked at several different system that had disk usage near 100% Problem is that
each one ended up having a different cause so it is hard to say what the fix would be.
But I can give you some ideas to help isolate the cause down.

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You start task manager, select the performance tab, open resource monitor, select disk
tab
then open a cmd.exe as a admin (windows key+x+a)
now you stop various suspected services and watch how the system responds in
resouce monitor.
for example:
net.exe stop superfetch (hit enter and see if your disk usage goes down after a min or
two)
net.exe stop "Windows search"
I mention these two because I have seen disk corruptions that made these two services
go nuts and take 100% disk bandwidth
I have also seen tasks in the task scheduler that did the same thing until you killed the
task.
in all the cases you had to find out the cause of the problem and fix it and the service
then worked as expected.
for example, one case had a filesystem corruption that made a loop in the directory
structure such that when windows or any program scanning the files would never end
and just continue scanning the same set of files forever. In one case it was building a
search index and the database just kept growing and growing in size until all of the hard
drive was used.
in most cases all you need to do is run cmd.exe as a admin then
chkdsk.exe /f /r on your drives and the condition that causes the problem gets fixed
there are also conditions where windows 8.1 will really use your disk while it is
attempting to relocate data off of bad spots on your disk drives.
older versions of windows did not do this. windows 8 will attempt to read data from your
disk drive even if you have not requested it. It is looking for errors during the read
process so it can locate bad sectors before your data is lost. It will read, if it gets a read
error, it will read the spot over and over and try to get a clean copy of the data, it will
then move the data to a new good spot on the drive and mark the old spot as bad.

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This process can take days on some drives and your system will seem to be at 100% disk
used for no apparent reason. It will take much longer on a laptop it the laptop is allowed
to sleep. This process is needed because a lot of OEMs do not format and install the os,
they just plop a entire OS image on a drive with the assumption that all sectors of the
drive are ok.
(I guess that is another point, turn your system to high performance and let it run at idle
overnight and see if the disk is at 100% usage in the morning)

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- there are also software bugs that will peg your disk access at 100 % but these almost
always end up being bugs in 3rd party drivers. It is not because microsoft makes great
drivers, it is because microsoft has windows update and when a microsoft driver breaks
they get 100,000 automatic bug reports and then they put a fix in the windows update
and you download the update and don't ever hit the problem. When the bug is in a 3rd
party driver microsoft still gets the 100,000 bug reports but they tell the vendor of the
driver, that vendor makes a fix and puts it on their website. Now you have to hit the bug,
figure out the problem is caused by the vendor, look at the vendors website and hope
they put the fix there. Not a fun process. After years of this problems and updates I find
that about 95% of the problems are in 3rd party drivers, and you just have to figure out
which one.

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Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.

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17 May 2014 16:13:43

m
johnbl said:

I have looked at several different system that had disk usage near 100%
Problem is that each one ended up having a different cause so it is hard to say
what the fix would be. But I can give you some ideas to help isolate the cause
down.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2045646/windows-100-disk-usage.html

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You start task manager, select the performance tab, open resource monitor,
select disk tab
then open a cmd.exe as a admin (windows key+x+a)
now you stop various suspected services and watch how the system responds in
resouce monitor.
for example:
net.exe stop superfetch (hit enter and see if your disk usage goes down after a
min or two)
net.exe stop "Windows search"
I mention these two because I have seen disk corruptions that made these two
services go nuts and take 100% disk bandwidth
I have also seen tasks in the task scheduler that did the same thing until you
killed the task.
in all the cases you had to find out the cause of the problem and fix it and the
service then worked as expected.
for example, one case had a filesystem corruption that made a loop in the
directory structure such that when windows or any program scanning the files
would never end and just continue scanning the same set of files forever. In one
case it was building a search index and the database just kept growing and
growing in size until all of the hard drive was used.
in most cases all you need to do is run cmd.exe as a admin then
chkdsk.exe /f /r on your drives and the condition that causes the problem gets
fixed
there are also conditions where windows 8.1 will really use your disk while it is
attempting to relocate data off of bad spots on your disk drives.
older versions of windows did not do this. windows 8 will attempt to read data
from your disk drive even if you have not requested it. It is looking for errors
during the read process so it can locate bad sectors before your data is lost. It
will read, if it gets a read error, it will read the spot over and over and try to get a
clean copy of the data, it will then move the data to a new good spot on the drive
and mark the old spot as bad.
This process can take days on some drives and your system will seem to be at
100% disk used for no apparent reason. It will take much longer on a laptop it
the laptop is allowed to sleep. This process is needed because a lot of OEMs do
not format and install the os, they just plop a entire OS image on a drive with the
assumption that all sectors of the drive are ok.
(I guess that is another point, turn your system to high performance and let it run
at idle overnight and see if the disk is at 100% usage in the morning)
- there are also software bugs that will peg your disk access at 100 % but these
almost always end up being bugs in 3rd party drivers. It is not because microsoft
makes great drivers, it is because microsoft has windows update and when a
microsoft driver breaks they get 100,000 automatic bug reports and then they put
a fix in the windows update and you download the update and don't ever hit the
problem. When the bug is in a 3rd party driver microsoft still gets the 100,000 bug
reports but they tell the vendor of the driver, that vendor makes a fix and puts it
on their website. Now you have to hit the bug, figure out the problem is caused
by the vendor, look at the vendors website and hope they put the fix there. Not a
fun process. After years of this problems and updates I find that about 95% of
the problems are in 3rd party drivers, and you just have to figure out which one.
sorry if this is not so helpful, it is hard to figure out some problems when you can
not actually get your hands on the system.

Reply to maulerftw

maulerftw
thank you so much it worked for me
lagg

17 May 2014 16:14:28

sometimes disk goes again at 100% but doesn't

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maxter99

26 May 2014 22:24:23

Thanks so much, my disk was at 100% and kept freezing on and off so i did the admin
command prompt and stopped "windows search" and everything seems to be normal
now.
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PeighDay

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30 May 2014 21:26:47

m
numair94 said:

Hi,

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I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2045646/windows-100-disk-usage.html

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Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Thank you so much for telling me how to do this. I have been searching for an answer for
months now. This immediately fixed my issue. Thank you once again.
Reply to PeighDay

zayeshk

15 June 2014 17:19:42

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Thanks a lot..your solution worked out


Reply to zayeshk

Devdo5

15 July 2014 04:33:55

zayeshk said:

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally
solved the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer
Service). Also, set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Thanks a lot..your solution worked out

Could you please tell me how you set windows update checks to manual? I cant seem to
find out how to do it. Thank you.
Reply to Devdo5

Superalad

24 July 2014 07:30:19

Thanks Bro It worked for me


More than Fix I got info about the problem

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anthonymaw

28 July 2014 18:00:11

I had this annoying problem too and it was caused by multiple stupid Windows 8
"features".
I analyzed it to a "deadlock" disk I/O scenario where my computer became totally
useless.

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You can analyze the problem down to Resource Monitor, Disk tab "Disk Queue Length", of
your C: drive.

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Looking at what was generating all the disk I/O, I observed it was msmpeng.exe which is
Windows Defender.
Also I observed that Windows Search Indexer was hammering the hell out of my C: drive
as it read files on my C: drive and then updated it's index also on the C: drive.
I'll note that the NTFS file system is relatively inefficient at disk I/O, requiring around six
SATA IOPS per NTFS write command.
Of course all this background crap requires pageable memory, so the pagefile got
constantly hit causing more C: drive I/O further delaying Windows Defender and Search
Indexer.
Even more annoying was that I would leave it running overnight when it seemed to quiet
down, and then instantly started up it's crazy shenanigans as soon as I started using it!
At one point I thought my computer had been hacked by the NSA or something and was
snooping my files in real-time. LOL
Bottom line my fairly newly installed Windows 8.1 computer ground to a total useless halt
where just starting Internet Explorer (or any other program) took several minutes and
the Disk Queue Length shot up to 40s and latency around 15,000ms (should never
instantaneously exceed about 8 and normally hovers around 1 or 2, with average
response times in the low tens of milliseconds.
My solution (and I realize this may not work for everyone) was to hookup an inexpensive
small capacity 40GB SSD drive that had been sitting around gathering dust anyways.
I suppose I could have also disabled the Windows Search Indexer but I actually use it
extensively.
So I moved my pagefile onto the SSD as well as relocated the Windows Search Index
database onto it.
I also pointed the TMP and TEMP user and system environment variables to the SSD drive
for good measure.
Now my computer runs just as it did when it had Windows XP on it.....
Reply to anthonymaw

juststoppingbytosolvethisissue

1 A ugust 2014 07:43:43

For those who have not found a solution yet, it is likely you have a virus in your
computer. A virus called HackTool.Win32 can mess up your computers speed and make
every program stutter, whilst causing your Disk usage to peak at 100% every second. I
was using Norton Antivirus but deleted it to see if it was causing problems with disk
usage. I found out that though it was not directly contributing to the problem, it was not
able to detect the virus which was causing the problem, and in turn covered it up. If you
are running Norton antivirus then uninstall it, and have windows defender solve the issue
for you (threat detected/virus).

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This is one solution to the problem.


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NorJP

2 A ugust 2014 13:56:27

Go to: Control Panel/Troubleshooting/System and Security


Run troubleshooters to resolve problems with: Windows Update, Search and Indexing,
and System Maintenance.
Reboot - et voil.

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Please make sure to restore wrongly stopped services such as:


BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service)
Superfetch
Windows Search
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Mateusz Chodkowski

14 A ugust 2014 00:05:52

Hello,
I had also the same problem - i just downloaded CCleaner and used two main options cleaner and registry repair (in english version it can name different). The problem is
probably the memory taken by your web browser things like cookies, download history
and cache. Now it works fine for me. Good luck

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restefano

16 A ugust 2014 23:19:39

To me the solution was to disable "Windows Search" at Services.

Thanks for all info.

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Ricardo
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peter s

21 A ugust 2014 07:19:14

I'm experiencing something similar, 100 disk use even when it's just browsers. I've

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disabled superfetch and stuff like that. Now it only crashes if I try to open big files. Also
McAfee firewall keeps hopping off and failure with every scan, what so you reckon I can
do?
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leopolder

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22 September 2014 15:45:24

Brand-new PC. Disk usage nearly 100% though no application was actually running. HD
noise was suspicious.
I read someone saying it was normal as it might have been a background task (e.g.
document indexing, defrag, windows update, etc... - see second link below: the Task
Scheduler should show what was to run) doing stuff and it would have fixed itself after a
while.

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Anyway I solved following these 2 suggestions:


power management
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...
virtual memory
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...
restart the system.
It helped what Wafiq replied on June 6, 2013 (second link above)
Quote:

In order to know which process is utilizing the Hard Disk in Windows 8


1- Open Task Manager
2- Go to Details tab
3- Right click the columns headers and click "Select Columns"
4- From the "Select Columns" window, check: I/O Reads, I/O Writes, I/O read
bytes, I/O write bytes --> click OK
Now the columns will be added to the view and will display how much each
process is utilizing from the hard disk.
5- Sort by I/O read bytes, or I/O write bytes by clicking on the column header to
see which process is utilizing the HD most.

I also run CCleaner (Cleaner + Registry).


Update:
next days, disk clog happened again.
In my case, I must blame Windows Update though I must credit that it is a background
task doing stuff and will fix itself after a while.
Whenever disk usage permanently reached 100%, I noticed these Processes in the Task
Manager:
Windows Modules Installer
Windows Modules Installer Worker
and
TiWorker.exe in the Details tab
So, it actually seems maintenance operations were running in the background as I had
previously downloaded and installed updates and restarted the system.
The strange thing about it is that disk clog also appears when a new update is pending.
In fact, whenever I hear some noise from the HD, check the Task Manager and see disk
usage is constantly at 100% then I open Windows Update and find a pending update.
Reply to leopolder

tcapanema

29 September 2014 04:14:39

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Thanks! Killing BITS also solved my issue. But what does this service does? Is it wrong or
bad to simply stop this service?
Reply to tcapanema

MVBond

5 October 2014 04:18:52

I had the same problem which occurred immediately after upgrading from 8 to 8.1. I
spent a lot of time following suggestions but what rescued me was coming across a post,
which at first I thought was a company promotion, saying that CCLEANER would solve the
problem with their registry clean-up tool. And it's free. I downloaded the software and
ran the registry cleaner three times (rebooting each time) and problem solved. My disk
usage is running along at 5-10% and no more time wasted. I was just about to the point
of buying a new computer but have to thank this company for saving me the time and

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MVBond

5 October 2014 04:19:22

I had the same problem which occurred immediately after upgrading from 8 to 8.1. I
spent a lot of time following suggestions but what rescued me was coming across a post,
which at first I thought was a company promotion, saying that CCLEANER would solve the
problem with their registry clean-up tool. And it's free. I downloaded the software and
ran the registry cleaner three times (rebooting each time) and problem solved. My disk
usage is running along at 5-10% and no more time wasted. I was just about to the point
of buying a new computer but have to thank this company for saving me the time and
money. QUICK, EASY & FREE

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Brandon H

14 October 2014 02:51:26

I had seen a solution to this problem elsewhere - open Skype. I tried many of the other
suggested solutions, even opened the desktop version of Skype that I usually use, just
to test the theory (all of this took hours as my computer was so slow and Skype seemed
like a long shot solution). Finally I tried opening the Skype App (8.1) and after taking
around 10 minutes to open, disk usage immediately went down to single digits and has
been fluctuating normally ever since. Odd, but effective.

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M4DCRUSH3R

14 October 2014 02:56:07

This is actually completely normal due to your antivirus quickly reading the process before
initiation. I went through this only to find it is normal. Best of luck!

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Brian Wallace

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18 October 2014 02:04:50

go to pc info. click remote settings. click advanced and performance settings. click adjust
for best performance and
best performance of background services
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masiq

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20 October 2014 12:48:34

to check your windows update to manual, you need to press windows+i then as you can
see change pc setting at the bottom click that and it will take you to pc setting then you
will list of option, you need to click the updates and recover then you got to click "choose
who updates get installed" then other page will open and need to change the auto
updates setting to whether i install update or not..

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Mrshake

21 October 2014 17:29:46

thanks you very much,i'm vietnamese,and i know a lot of english,,,i try with your way and
see it's great.....

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Ramesh Shrivastava

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31 October 2014 20:18:44

start virtualdisk service... and set it for automatic...

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ggoldenb

2 November 2014 20:52:56

Hello,
my disk also was 100% in use , was noisy and I lost it , PC was under warranty and HP
replaced HD and re-install OS.
But after 2 days disk utilization back to 100% , I call to support :-) , support person kill all
processes on my PC and disk back to normal work , but after restart issue come back . I
started to delete all my programs one by one , when I deleted Norton antivirus (it was
pre-installe on PC) disk back to normal work .
I did rollback to all changes and still have a good disk utilization . Then I contacted to HP
support, answer was do not use Norton .

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M4DCRUSH3R

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3 November 2014 00:01:01

any antivirus does this

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ggoldenb

3 November 2014 19:48:29

M4DCRUSH3R said:

any antivirus does this

HP recommended windows defender , I never used it so don't know how it is good or not
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M4DCRUSH3R

3 November 2014 21:29:41

It does

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tomachoj

16 November 2014 05:34:57

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Reply to tomachoj

tomachoj

16 November 2014 05:36:37

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Reply to tomachoj

tomachoj

16 November 2014 05:38:39

THIS WORKS!! I'm know nothing about computers; I'm afraid to "run" anything, as well as
to go on as administrator. I disabled bits, like numair said. Disk down to 1-2%. I turned
bits back on-- stayed at under 10% EXCELLENT! So EASY! Thanks!
Reply to tomachoj

David Br

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21 November 2014 02:11:28

Well after 2 weeks of dealing with this garbage type problem and trying all the solutions,
I realized that every time I use windows media player my disk goes to 100% but when I
"end task" it, it goes back to like 0%. Thought I'd share since not everyone has the same

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solution. Hope it helps someone.


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M4DCRUSH3R

23 November 2014 16:29:28

m
David Br said:

Well after 2 weeks of dealing with this garbage type problem and trying all
the solutions, I realized that every time I use windows media player my disk goes
to 100% but when I "end task" it, it goes back to like 0%. Thought I'd share since
not everyone has the same solution. Hope it helps someone.

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It is because you are reading a large file...


Reply to M4DC RUSH3R

wms

5 December 2014 22:01:12

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

That worked for me! Thanks!


Reply to wms

Arpan Parui

8 December 2014 11:18:10

m
johnbl said:

I have looked at several different system that had disk usage near 100%
Problem is that each one ended up having a different cause so it is hard to say
what the fix would be. But I can give you some ideas to help isolate the cause
down.

0
l

You start task manager, select the performance tab, open resource monitor,
select disk tab
then open a cmd.exe as a admin (windows key+x+a)
now you stop various suspected services and watch how the system responds in
resouce monitor.
for example:
net.exe stop superfetch (hit enter and see if your disk usage goes down after a
min or two)
net.exe stop "Windows search"
I mention these two because I have seen disk corruptions that made these two
services go nuts and take 100% disk bandwidth
I have also seen tasks in the task scheduler that did the same thing until you
killed the task.
in all the cases you had to find out the cause of the problem and fix it and the
service then worked as expected.
for example, one case had a filesystem corruption that made a loop in the
directory structure such that when windows or any program scanning the files
would never end and just continue scanning the same set of files forever. In one
case it was building a search index and the database just kept growing and
growing in size until all of the hard drive was used.
in most cases all you need to do is run cmd.exe as a admin then
chkdsk.exe /f /r on your drives and the condition that causes the problem gets
fixed
there are also conditions where windows 8.1 will really use your disk while it is
attempting to relocate data off of bad spots on your disk drives.
older versions of windows did not do this. windows 8 will attempt to read data
from your disk drive even if you have not requested it. It is looking for errors
during the read process so it can locate bad sectors before your data is lost. It
will read, if it gets a read error, it will read the spot over and over and try to get a
clean copy of the data, it will then move the data to a new good spot on the drive
and mark the old spot as bad.
This process can take days on some drives and your system will seem to be at
100% disk used for no apparent reason. It will take much longer on a laptop it
the laptop is allowed to sleep. This process is needed because a lot of OEMs do
not format and install the os, they just plop a entire OS image on a drive with the

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assumption that all sectors of the drive are ok.
(I guess that is another point, turn your system to high performance and let it run
at idle overnight and see if the disk is at 100% usage in the morning)
- there are also software bugs that will peg your disk access at 100 % but these
almost always end up being bugs in 3rd party drivers. It is not because microsoft
makes great drivers, it is because microsoft has windows update and when a
microsoft driver breaks they get 100,000 automatic bug reports and then they put
a fix in the windows update and you download the update and don't ever hit the
problem. When the bug is in a 3rd party driver microsoft still gets the 100,000 bug
reports but they tell the vendor of the driver, that vendor makes a fix and puts it
on their website. Now you have to hit the bug, figure out the problem is caused
by the vendor, look at the vendors website and hope they put the fix there. Not a
fun process. After years of this problems and updates I find that about 95% of
the problems are in 3rd party drivers, and you just have to figure out which one.
sorry if this is not so helpful, it is hard to figure out some problems when you can
not actually get your hands on the system.

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Arpan Parui

8 December 2014 11:19:03

Thanks johnbl your suggestion was indeed helpful!

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Seraph Brah

20 December 2014 14:09:48

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

You need a medal. This worked instantly. Why the hell does BITS take so much disk
usage? Insane. Thank you so much for the fix
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GauravGJ

29 December 2014 19:44:15

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

THANKS A LOT! This solution works perfectly. I used to have 100% Disk Usage all the time
that resulted in white screens and very slow response.After disabling BITS, the usage
reduced to a single digit. Thank You! :-)
Reply to GauravGJ

Hoardware

30 December 2014 00:34:17

Set virtual memory to custom size, equal to 1.5 times your actual memory. For example, 4
GB of actual ram, set virtual memory paging file to 6 GB minimum, and 6 GB maximum.
In my case, I tried every other solution described, but nothing else worked. ASUS laptop
with 4 GB of RAM showed 100% disk use ALL the time, with about 50% of that by System.
Interestingly, nothing else added up to nearly 100%. Nothing was being used, except

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idle processes, and the MB transfer rate was not even that high, yet HDD showed 100%
regardless, never going below that. The automatic system-selected paging file was about
980 MB. The laptop was so ridiculously slow, it was completely unusable. I thought it
might be hardware failure, such as the HDD itself.
The moment (after agonizing clicks and 5 min waits just to be able to get to virtual
memory preferences) I changed virtual memory size as described above and restarted,
the laptop is back to normal operation, and the disk usage no longer shows 100%, but
hovers near 0% except when applications cause a momentary spike.
Reply to Hoardware

nitulshah

4 January 2015 06:28:12

numair94 said:

Hi,

I have been searching for a solution for over a month now and have finally solved
the issue:
Go to charms bar and press search, then type view local services.
Once here, stop and disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). Also,
set windows update checks to manual.
Chrome also seemed to be a factor so uninstall that too.
I hope this helps you out

Thank you so much.


I disabled BITS. I hope that alone solves the problem. May I know how to update checks
to normal.
I agree Chrome doesn't work well in 8.1.
Reply to nitulshah

w90

9 January 2015 08:19:19

thanks BITS solution worked

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hmoniv

19 January 2015 11:29:16

m
johnbl said:

I have looked at several different system that had disk usage near 100%
Problem is that each one ended up having a different cause so it is hard to say
what the fix would be. But I can give you some ideas to help isolate the cause
down.

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You start task manager, select the performance tab, open resource monitor,
select disk tab
then open a cmd.exe as a admin (windows key+x+a)
now you stop various suspected services and watch how the system responds in
resouce monitor.
for example:
net.exe stop superfetch (hit enter and see if your disk usage goes down after a
min or two)
net.exe stop "Windows search"
I mention these two because I have seen disk corruptions that made these two
services go nuts and take 100% disk bandwidth
I have also seen tasks in the task scheduler that did the same thing until you
killed the task.
in all the cases you had to find out the cause of the problem and fix it and the
service then worked as expected.
for example, one case had a filesystem corruption that made a loop in the
directory structure such that when windows or any program scanning the files
would never end and just continue scanning the same set of files forever. In one
case it was building a search index and the database just kept growing and
growing in size until all of the hard drive was used.
in most cases all you need to do is run cmd.exe as a admin then
chkdsk.exe /f /r on your drives and the condition that causes the problem gets
fixed
there are also conditions where windows 8.1 will really use your disk while it is
attempting to relocate data off of bad spots on your disk drives.
older versions of windows did not do this. windows 8 will attempt to read data
from your disk drive even if you have not requested it. It is looking for errors
during the read process so it can locate bad sectors before your data is lost. It
will read, if it gets a read error, it will read the spot over and over and try to get a
clean copy of the data, it will then move the data to a new good spot on the drive
and mark the old spot as bad.
This process can take days on some drives and your system will seem to be at

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100% disk used for no apparent reason. It will take much longer on a laptop it
the laptop is allowed to sleep. This process is needed because a lot of OEMs do
not format and install the os, they just plop a entire OS image on a drive with the
assumption that all sectors of the drive are ok.
(I guess that is another point, turn your system to high performance and let it run
at idle overnight and see if the disk is at 100% usage in the morning)
- there are also software bugs that will peg your disk access at 100 % but these
almost always end up being bugs in 3rd party drivers. It is not because microsoft
makes great drivers, it is because microsoft has windows update and when a
microsoft driver breaks they get 100,000 automatic bug reports and then they put
a fix in the windows update and you download the update and don't ever hit the
problem. When the bug is in a 3rd party driver microsoft still gets the 100,000 bug
reports but they tell the vendor of the driver, that vendor makes a fix and puts it
on their website. Now you have to hit the bug, figure out the problem is caused
by the vendor, look at the vendors website and hope they put the fix there. Not a
fun process. After years of this problems and updates I find that about 95% of
the problems are in 3rd party drivers, and you just have to figure out which one.
sorry if this is not so helpful, it is hard to figure out some problems when you can
not actually get your hands on the system.

Thanks you johnbl for the excellent write-up. My brand-new win 8.1 desktop was
spending over 10 minutes after boot-up with disk activity near 100%. I ran chkdsk using
switches you suggested. System stayed at 10% mark for over 2 hours. Finally before the
3rd hour started it completed and the boot sequence no longer has the high disk activity.
For reference this was on a 1 TB SSD Hybrid drive (HP Pavillion all-in-one).
Reply to hmoniv

tightwaddad

24 January 2015 13:50:14

I started having a problem with the disk running at 100% a couple months ago. After
searching through related threads, I figured out that my problem was OneDrive related.
Each time I stopped the OneDrive Sync Engine, the Disk percent would normally make a
dramatic drop within a minute. I turned it back on, so I could get most of my files backed
up, until I come up with a better (inexpensive and simple) back up solution.

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My files, finally, finished syncing to OneDrive, this morning. I restarted my laptop. The Disk
stayed at 100% for about several minutes. During this time, the OneDrive displayed as
starting up. Once OneDrive finished starting up, the Disk percent dropped again. It is now
running in single digits, with the occasional jump to about the 40 to 50% range.
I thought OneDrive (personal) and OneDrive for Business (college) were great ideas. But,
until all of the files sync up, the upload time is horrendous.
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pgpaddu

1 February 2015 16:28:10

thanks
Its working 100%

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Mulli

3 February 2015 00:27:15

Adobe search service wasmy problem

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Syed Raza

5 February 2015 23:33:43

press
Windows+R
Write services.msc in the Run
Disable/close following by right clicking:
1-Super fetch
2-Windows Search
And It Will Work Great!

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