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Problems with 100 % disk activity in windows 8!

by HAN_CPU / February 25, 2014 3:14 PM PST

I've had problems with my harddrive on my HP ENVY Desktop windows 8-computer (i7 quad core processor, 1 tb harddrive, 8 gb RAM, and 2 gb grapichcard) in a couple of months now. Often when I leave the computer without any processes on, it says in the task manager that my disk works with 100 % active time. In the most cases this results with that my computer hangs and I must restart it. It's getting more irretating for each day because I can never be sure of if the computer will work fine or not, because these 100 percent disk activity spikes come completely randomly. I've disabled all antivirus software, run ccleaner and chkdsk, checked and updated to the latest drivers, formatted my computer, turned off windows update, changed the virtualization memory and also disabled hard drive indexing. No of these things improved my computers performance. But on the other hand these disk usage spike never appear when I boot my win-computer in safe mode, both in minimal and network mode.
So, may this be a hardware problem or has it something to do with software issues?

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What security software do you have installed?
by glb613 / February 25, 2014 8:10 PM PST

Have you updated and run the programs?

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by HAN_CPU / February 25, 2014 10:52 PM PST

For the moment I've only windows defender installed and it's disabled. So I guess there's no possibility that other antivirus software are affecting this diskproblem!

Which programs do you mean?


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This is 8.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 11:00 PM PST

And what you experienced prior does not apply. 8 is one active OS so nothing may be wrong except the disabling of any antivirus. As such I can't tell if there is anything wrong here. 100 percent activity SPIKES are expected and not a sign of anything amiss (yet.)

I'm going with 2 thoughts past this.

1. Look into Windows Media sharing.
2. Scan with Grif's advice at;msg5509131

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by HAN_CPU / February 26, 2014 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: This is 8.

Thanks for the advice! It's not only spikes, sometimes the harddrive has 100 % active time for 20 seconds or so and therefore my computer hangs sometimes!

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Hang means you have to reboot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2014 1:43 AM PST
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Now that we can look deeper into . See if the reason is in the event viewer.

If you mean unresponsive we see that on single core computers as well as when folk load up on video files and WMP's server scans them. I'd like to know more about what's different from stock. This would include any audio video files you copied in.

Why does that matter? If WMP or a video server scans the files then it can do what you noted (short of hang!) as it hits a file it doesn't understand. It can also go single task on reading big video files. It can take several seconds to read a file from one end to the other.

Be aware that I define hang as just that. It never comes back until a reboot.

PS. shows an example of diving deep into odd areas. Here I don't think we need this yet. But just to get you thinking about sharing more.

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by HAN_CPU / February 26, 2014 4:47 AM PST

But often it's not just short of hang, but the whole system hangs completely and I need to reboot the computer manually by holding the power button and then restart it! I've lost my work two times because of this issue!
I don't know if server scans, considering movie and audiofiles, have any impact on my harddrive's performance, since I don't have any big movie- or audiofiles, just mp3 on 4 mb each. But perhaps it's something to do with my problem!

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So you have movies and such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2014 5:22 AM PST
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That's a slim clue but it's there. If you installed ANY CODEC package I find these to be trouble. And MSFT has for years replied with "don't do that" when I show prior versions of Windows rebooting by just browsing to a folder with certain AVI files.

-> I know WMP's media sharing server scans so I guess I'm going to have to be more blunt here.

Turn that off too.

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