Windows 10: HDD is sitting at 100% usage for 5 minutes after boot

Discus and support HDD is sitting at 100% usage for 5 minutes after boot in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; Hello everyone, I am running Windows 10 version 1903 on a Western Digital Black 1TB drive (model number WD1003FZEX-00K3CA0). As the title implies,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by Aggserp4, Nov 14, 2019.

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    HDD is sitting at 100% usage for 5 minutes after boot


    Hello everyone,

    I am running Windows 10 version 1903 on a Western Digital Black 1TB drive (model number WD1003FZEX-00K3CA0).

    As the title implies, every time that I start my computer it is sitting at 100% disk usage for several minutes, usually around 5. It's also quite slow during startup, usually icons in the taskbar are missing and icons in the desktop are just the generic "paper" icon for a few seconds after booting. This has been going on for a while, but I think it's been getting slower and slower over time.

    In addition, I've noticed my hard drive making a very slight ticking noise. I don't know whether it's been doing this since I got it or if it's recently started since it's barely audible from a normal distance but it can be distinctly heard when I listen close to the computer.

    I haven't noticed anything else unusual and according to the S.M.A.R.T. information from Crystal Disk Info my drive is fine. I even ran an extended test with Western Digital's own DLGDIAG utility and found no issues. And to my knowledge, the computer isn't infected with any malware.

    Is anything actually wrong with the hard drive or am I being paranoid? I should mention that this computer is running on a Pentium G3220 dual core CPU, which is not exactly fast. Does anyone else here have the same hard drive so that they can tell if it's normal for it to make noise or not?

    Thanks in advance.

    :)
     
    Aggserp4, Nov 14, 2019
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  2. 100% disk usage on boot up for at least 5 to 10 minutes

    Hi there, I did a clean boot as you suggested and the boot up time became considerably longer and although disk usage was 100%, this was only for a minute or so. The program at the top of the disk utilisation list this time though was service host:superfetch.

    However I then didn't disable anything in the services tab but disabled all the programs in the startup tab and restarted. This resulted in a very speedy boot up AND there was no 100% disk utilisation. I've done this several times enabling a couple of programs
    on startup and the disk utilisation is no longer 100%.

    It appears therefore as though it was some kind of conflict in the startup programs that was causing the 100% disk utilisation.

    Thanks very much for your assistance.
     
    Colin Smith 18, Nov 14, 2019
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  3. 100% disk usage on boot up for at least 5 to 10 minutes

    My laptop is showing 100% disk usage every time I boot it up. When I look at task manager I can see that it is "system" causing the 100% usage. I've checked out the folllowing link but it is not appropriate for my system as I don't have StoreAHCI.sys

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb...00-disk-utilization-on-windows-10-devices-wit

    I've run the performance analyser and the results can be found here.

    COLINSDELL.07-23-2017.09-35-31.etl

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to how to fix the 100% disk usage?

    Thanks.
     
    Colin Smith 18, Nov 14, 2019
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  4. HDD is sitting at 100% usage for 5 minutes after boot

    100% disk usage.

    Summer has ended and my girlfriend booted her school laptop for the first time in months, only for it to be so unbearably slow that it took several minutes to log in. She handed it to me and said "fix it"... that was 3 days ago and now I am here to humbly
    ask the community what is going on with this GD laptop.

    It boots and task manager reports 100%CPU usage, it then lags for several seconds and displays 100%disk usage with CPU usage bouncing between 30-60%.

    If you leave it alone with task manager running it will eventually quiet down to a reasonable 0-5% disk usage, but doing ANYTHING causes it to bounce right back to 100%.

    I have tried EVERYTHING.

    • disable superfetch.
    • disable microsoft search.
    • disable updates and suggestive tips.
    • updated to the most current version of microsoft. (it hadn't been updated since 2018 when she bought it.)
    • reconfigured AHCI PCIE.
    • changed energy options.
    • disabled indexing.
    • reset the virtual memory.
    • ran disk defragment and disabled all scheduling.
    • updated all drivers.
    • deleted google chrome.
    • Disabled all services that weren't microsoft services and disabled all startup programs (clean boot).
    Still no change in the disk usage.

    Its an HP Laptop model 15-bw0xx with Windows 10 home edition version 10.0.18362

    after messing with it this long im considering replacing the HDD with an SSD but I fear that it wont fix the issue.
     
    LucasParsons, Nov 14, 2019
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