How To Fix Windows 10 100% Disk Usage : Improve Performance
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How To Fix Windows 10 100% Disk Usage : Improve Performance

Windows 10 100% disk usage is an indication that your hard disk is working to its full capacity for a particular program that in turn leaves your computer totally unusable and unresponsive. The best part, that this problem is not associated with any hardware so it can be easily fixed by some methods but before going ahead let us know the cause behind the problem.

To find what software/application is causing the problem just follow the steps provided below.

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing shortcut keys Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously.
  2. Click on the Processes tab, then click on the % tab at the top of the Disk column. You will notice some processes with dark yellow color and some will be even red colored that indicates disk usage above 90%.

Now we know that which application is causing the problem, to fix the issue we have listed some methods below that you can use to get rid of Windows 10 100% Disk Usage, so let’s dive in!

Method 1: Disable Windows Search

Windows Search in simple words keeps a record of indexed files stored in our computer and this indexing process keeps running in the background just to ensure that whenever a user type something in the windows search it display the files immediately. Sometimes windows search is the cause of such problems in windows operating system.

Here’s how to temporarily disable Windows Search.

  1. Press Windows Logo key + X simultaneously.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  3. If prompted, click Yes to give user control.
  4. In the command prompt/windows powershell window, type the following and hit Enter.
net.exe stop "Windows search"
PERMANENTLY DISABLE WINDOWS SEARCH

If you want to permanently disable this feature, follow steps listed below.

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run box. Type in services.msc
  2. Look for Windows Search option. Double click to open the Properties window.
  3. Change the Startup type to Disable.
  4. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

If this method works then fine else let’s move to more methods below.

Method 2: Disable SuperFetch

SuperFetch is a program used in the windows operating system to ensure that the often read data can be accessed from a faster memory (RAM) rather than using a slow Hard-Drive.

Here’s how to stop this service.

  1. Press Windows Logo key + X simultaneously.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  3. If prompted, click Yes to give user control.
  4. In the command prompt/windows powershell window, type the following and hit Enter.
net.exe stop superfetch

After stopping it, wait for a few moments. Then, check if the computer performs better than before.

Method 3 – Perform a Disk Check

Here are the steps to perform a disk check.

  1. Press Windows Logo key + X simultaneously.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  3. If prompted, click Yes to give user control.
  4. In the command prompt/windows powershell window, type the following and hit Enter.
chkdsk.exe /f /r

Disk checking will begin on your next reboot and you should note that this process can take a long time so please be patient.

Method 4: Fix Virtual Memory

As we know that all programs uses Random Access Memory but there are instances that we just don’t have enough ram left to run a program in that case windows temporirily moves information stored in ram to a file located in hard-disk, known as paging file. The amount of information temporarily stored in a paging file is also referred to as virtual memory and the process of moving  information to and from the paging file frees some ram to run programs effectively. Enough information now let’s know the steps.

  1. Press Windows key+Pause/Break keys simultaneously.
  2. Select Advanced System Settings on the left side.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab, then Settings.
  4. Go to the Advanced tab again, and click on Change in the virtual memory section.
  5. You have to make sure that Automatically Manage Paging File Size For All Drives checkbox is UNTICKED.
  6. Select the drive on which Windows is installed. Usually, it is C:. Then, enter an initial size and maximum size for your virtual memory.
    Initial size – It varies from computer to computer. If you are not sure, then enter the value whatever is in the Recommended category.
    Maximum size –Set it at about 1.5 times of the physical RAM available on the system. For a PC with 4GB (4096 MB) RAM, it should not be more than 6144 MB virtual memory. 4096×1.5
  7. Once done, click Set, then OK to continue.
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Press Windows Key +R at once. In the run form, type temp and hit enter. The Windows Explorer will open with the temporary files on your computer.
  10. Select all the temp. files and delete them.

Method 5: Disable Antivirus Software temporarily

I do not understand why there is so much hype of using antivirus software in our windows operating system. Antivirus are totally rubbish unless we go and open some fishy websites or install softwares from unauthorized sources.

If you are using an antivirus try to disable or remove it completely.

Method 6: Change the settings in Google Chrome & Skype

You can try this method if all above methods aren’t working for you.

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the three-dot icon present at the top right corner.
  2. Open Settings of the google chrome.
  3. Under the Privacy and Security category, ensure that Use A Prediction Service To Load Page More Quickly is turned off.

 

  1. Ensure that Skype is turned off.
  2. Open Windows Explorer, and go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\
  3. Locate Skype.exe and right click on it and select Properties.
  4. Click on the Security tab and choose Edit.
  5. Click ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES and make sure to tick the Allow check box for Write. Then, click Apply, then OK to save changes.

Once done, take a look at the disk usage by opening Task Manager.

Method 7: Fix your StorAHCI.sys driver

The Windows 10 100% disk usage problem may be caused by some Advanced Host Controller Interface PCI-Express (AHCI PCIe) models running with the inbox StorAHCI.sys driver due to a firmware bug.

Follow the steps to determine if it’s the case and fixes the problem.

  1. Press Windows logo key + X at the same time to open Device Manager.
  2. Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers tab. Then, double-click the AHCI controller.
  3. Click on the Driver tab, and select the Driver Details. If StorAHCI.sys appears in the system32 folder, then you are running the same.
  4. Close the Driver Details window. Click on Details tab.
  5. Select Device Instance Path. Note the path starting from VEN_
  6. Press Windows key + R to open run box. Type in regedit and hit Enter to open Windows Registry Editor. Then, go to the following path.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI\<AHCI Controller>\<Random Number>\Device Parameters\Interrupt Management\MessageSignaledInterruptProperties

    The <AHCI Controllerhere refers to the name you see from step 2).
    The <Random Numberdiffers on different machines. 
  7. Double click on the MSISupported key and change the value to 0.
  8. Restart the computer to enable changes.

Method 8: Update your device drivers

At last try to update all your device drivers, may be out-dated drivers are causing 100% disk usage.

So that’s it for the tutorial do share the article with your friends who are searching for a quick fix to solve their 100% disk usage error. Any problem regarding the article, please comment down below.

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