Windows 7 High Disk Access/Usage - Near 100%

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by technicbuff, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. technicbuff

    technicbuff Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
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    I have been using my desktop for a while now, and I notice that even when the memory, CPU are active or inactive but not at a high usage level, a single task (such as right clicking on a tray icon) or opening a program will stall the hard drive, as disk access shoots up to 100% or near it.

    I have posted a screenshot of my hard disk activity as monitored by the system utility 'Resource Monitor': All I did was open up windows live messenger, and then right click some system tray icons a couple of times, and then the resulting spikes happened.


    When I first boot up my computer from a shutdown or sleep state, logging into an inactive account also hogs the disk access as everything slows down a lot for the first 30-60 seconds, as well.

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 4094 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305141 MB, Free - 67058 MB;
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G31M-ES2L
    Antivirus: Avira Desktop, Updated and Enabled

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