After buying a new laptop or a PC with the latest version of Windows as a pre-installed operating system, or after reinstalling/updating their operating system, users often face the problem of 100% disk usage. This problem has a serious effect on performance of your computer; it wears out your HDD or SSD faster, and makes your work with the system less comfortable. This problem can also emerge for a number of other reasons:
01. There is too little free space in your system drive. Make sure your drive C has enough free space.
02. This problem can also come from activities of malware working in the background mode and eating up your computer’s system resources.
Your hard disk may have logical errors. If dealing with these problems has not helped you, we can share several other methods of tackling them. So how can you reduce excessive disk usage?
Step One: Enter “services” in the search field. Find Windows Search and change its startup type to “Disabled.”
As a result, content indexing, property caching and search result caching for files, emails and other content will be disabled, and it will reduce disk usage. Then find services “SuperFetch” and “PreFetch” and change their startup type to “Disabled.” This function is not so necessary for modern computers; what is more, it is recommended to disable SuperFetch and PreFetch for SSDs.
Despite these services were developed to speed up and optimize your operating system, in practice they often use resources of your PC in a very irrational way and can give a hard time to your memory and hard disk even in standby.
Then find “Background Intellectual Transfer Service” (BITS) and change its startup type to “Disabled.” The work of this service can have a negative effect on the bandwidth of your Internet connection, and it can use your disk in the background mode automatically downloading programs and other data connected with Windows update center or MSN Explorer.
Step Two: Start Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and choose the tab “Startup” to see what applications start with the system. If there are any programs you don’t use but they put pressure on your system, you can disable them by right-clicking on the application name and selecting the option “Disable.” In the tab “Processes” you can also see the list of tasks currently using your computer – and the hard disk too. It may be an antivirus running in the background mode and so on. If there are such processes, right-click on them and select “End Task.”
Step Three 1. When installing or deleting updates, programs or drivers, system restore points can be created automatically. It can slow down your computer.
2. Disable “File History” (if this function loads your system too much), or assign a separate physical disk for this process.
3. Disable automatic defragmentation. Don’t forget to run defragmentation regularly, but it’s worth disabling its automatic mode.
4. Automatic updating of Windows, Office and other software can also increase disk usage. Most programs do it in the background mode. Have a look in the Processes tab of the Task Manager to find such programs.
5. Another reason why your disk becomes so slow is that it can be used within your network. For example, some of your office staff may use shared folders on your hard disk for work. Try to have a separate physical disk, or even use a file server for such purposes.
6. If you are using cloud storage services by Dropbox, Google, Yandex and so on, it would be better to have a separate physical disk, better an SSD, for storing and synchronizing data.
7. Generally, comfortable speed of the system can often be achieved after installing an SSD to use as a system drive.
It will considerably speed up your PC at a minimal cost. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment – we will answer everyone. .