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Disk usage at constant 100% until disk cleanup?

Hey there fellow tech geeks! i have a very strange problem with my laptop's (windows 10) hard drive, it boots up with 100% usage, but when i clean the disk, the usage drops to 2% again, and it stays like this until the next boot, sometimes with spikes up to 80%.
I have tried defragging, turning off services like superfetch, disabling non-essential boot up programs, turning off windows 10 notifications, but nothing seems to permanently fix it.


Either the hard disk is dying a slow, painful death, or windows is somehow constantly spanking it.

How can i solve this rather annoying issue? i'd have no problem replacing the drive, i already made a windows backup.

Thanks in advance!

 

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Find out what is using it, if it should be, and if you need to stop it. Windows does tend to do a lot of housekeeping or other things especially if it hasn't been used in a while. Task manager process tab, sort by disk activity. Who is using it?

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That's the strange thing, it says it's 100% in use, but no app seems to use that much, is my HDD working overtime for something on the background?

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The % is of disk activity, which might be random and thus not show up as high in transfer rate. Still, sort by activity and see what comes out on top.

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With crystaldiscinfo you could check the health status of your hdd.

 

 On windows 10 have a look at the installed apps window. On the "bottom" of the list their is a link to a menu for background activity. You should also find it under the security settings. You could disable all apps background activity their. This should help a lot.

 

 

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