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Windows 10 High Disk Usage: How to Fix the High Disk Usage on Windows 10

On Windows 10 sometimes you’ll experience issue that causes your computer system having a slow response time, even though you have enough memory, an adequate CPU power and you only have a couple of running programs.

Many possibilities can cause this, and one of the reasons why is the high disk usage. Sometimes, you can’t fix the overused disk drive by just doing a simple reboot which often settles many system issues.


How to Identify the High Disk Usage on Windows 10


If you confront this problem you may want to look into your Task Manager, this Windows utility provides much information related to the system processes, and one of them is the disk usage. So, you can identify the feature which makes your drive over-worked.

After you launch the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc button, the simple way to identify the features that cause the overused drive is by simply click on the Disk column.

And, by that you can easily determine the Windows features that use more resources percentage arranged on descending order.

How to Fix the High Disk Usage on Windows 10


Maybe for some of you are already figured out, that the 100 percent of disk usage is the cause of your system performance declining. And after identified the culprit, then you can check whether if there are any solutions which suit to your issue on this article.

So, there are only several methods we can offer for the viewers to deal with this issue, and this includes:

Stop or Permanently Disable Superfetch Service


Superfetch is a part of Windows Memory Management, in a nutshell, uperFetch service is a technology on Windows 10 that let the system control over the memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) in a computer so that it can run more efficiently.

To be specific, it can decrease the boot time, make all the applications which frequently used by the user can be launch and load faster, and able to adapt to your system usage pattern.


However, for some reason, Superfetch service has been recognized as one of the possible factors that cause the high disk usage issues on Windows 10. Here is how to stop the service:

  1. Launch the command prompt (Run as administrator)
  2. On the Command Prompt type this command: net.exe stop superfetch and hit Enter

OR

  1. Open the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc button)
  2. Go to the Services tab, and click Open Services
  3. Find the Superfetch and double click on it
  4. On the General tab click Stop

If this method can fix the related issue, then you can disable it. To disable Superfetch service follow those steps above to navigate to Windows Services. On the General tab, click the drop-down menu from the Startup type, select Disable, and click OK.

Change the Antimalware Service Executable Trigger setting


Antimalware Service Executable is a background process by Windows Defender to deliver you real-time protection from any threats. Although, on the latest Windows 10 update makes the service runs nearly all the time in the background.


If the Antimalware Service Executable is the cause which makes your computer system to crawl, I recommend you to change the trigger setting that start the process. It is to set it only whenever your laptop is on the idle status.

So, to change the Antimalware Service Executable trigger setting, follow these steps:

  1. Open Task Scheduler (Press Windows Key, type Task Scheduler, right click, and Run as administrator)
  2. On the left-pane, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender
  3. Launch its setting by double-click the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan, and go to conditions tab
  4. Under the Idle, simply mark Start the task only if the computer is idle for and set your desire idle time

***NOTE: Double-check the Stop if the computer ceases to be idle to ensure it’s also has been marked off.


Windows Search is also a part of Windows Service, it allows the users to find and access the program and data on their device faster. So, it always indexing all files on your disk drive.

But, for some reason, it can cause a problem where the computer drive is being overused. Also according to some experts, there is a bug where your system continually search for no reason and using more memory.

To stop Windows Search:

  1. Open the command prompt (Run as administrator)
  2. On the Command Prompt type this command: net.exe stop “Windows search” and Hit Enter

OR

  1. Open the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc button)
  2. Go to the Services tab, and click Open Services
  3. Find the Windows Search and double click on it
  4. On the General tab click Stop (***NOTE: set the Startup type to Manual)

You also can disable the service, but I do not recommend it. To do this follow the mentioned steps above, and on the Windows Search properties General tab, click the drop-down menu from the Startup type, select Disable, and click OK.

Perform a Disk Check


Sometimes, this issue is an effect of the disk drive physical problem. Fortunately, on the Windows operating system, it has a built-in utility which can scan, identify the disk errors, and attempt to fix them.

So, by performing a Disk Check, it may able to fix the high disk usage problem. To do this:

  1. Launch the command prompt (Run as administrator)
  2. In the Command Prompt type this command: chkdsk.exe /f /r and press Enter
  3. In the next prompt type: Y and press Enter.

Turn of a Particular service in Google Chrome Browser


There are some users has claimed that Google Chrome is one of the reasons which cause the overworked drive. Its prediction service is using too many resources to make the pages load more efficiently.

To turn off the prediction service follow these steps:

  1. Open your Chrome browser and click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon
  2. Go to Setting > Advance
  3. Under the Privacy and Security, turn off the Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly and restart Chrome.

4 Comments

  • Brian

    This is a useful article; you give the reader simple instructions, even I am not a computer pro I can fix the problem easily, thank you for your sharing!

  • Keenan

    Thank you very much for sharing this information! This has happened to me once before and for the longest time had no idea how to solve the problem because there wasn’t any clear information on how to do it.
    This was very to the point and I wish I could’ve found information as clear and cut like this when it happened to me!
    Thank you for sharing and I will pass this on to anyone I know is having this problem!

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