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Here is what to do if you have high disk usage

To see if you are using 100% disk in Windows 10, go to Task Manager and open the Process and Performance tab. If you see that the disk load reaches 100%, it will cause the system to freeze and freeze. You can also look at the system event log, which contains many events with event ID 129 (which represents a disk controller reset).

If you are unsure of how to reduce your disk usage, use the following effective solutions to the problem.

How to lower disk usage?


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1. Work with drivers

To fix 100% disk usage of Windows 10 - disable MSI mode via registry.

First, determine if you are using the AHCI Inbox driver.

So, press "Win + R" and enter "devmgmt.msc"; press Enter.

Open the section "IDE ATA / ATAPI Controllers" and right-click "Standard SATA AHCI Controller". Then select "Properties" and go to the "Driver" tab. Next, click on “Driver Details” - if you see “storahci.sys”, you are using the Inbox driver.

Next, disable MSI for the controller in the registry:

To do this, in the properties window, go to the "Details" tab, then select "Path to the device instance". The Open Registry Editor and go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI\AHCI Controller\Device Parameters\Interrupt Management\MessageSignaledInterruptProperties". You should change the value of the supported MSIS key from "1" to "0" and then restart your computer. Then see if this resolves the Windows 10 disk 100 issue.

2. Adjust Power Consumption preferences

Try changing the power consumption settings from balanced to high performance. This is great for 100 percent disk usage in Windows 10. So, select Power Options, click Change Plan Settings, then open Change advanced power settings. Next, select High Performance, restart your computer and see if this helps reduce disk usage.

3. Turn off system services

The Windows Search service allows you to quickly search for files on your system, however, if you are not using this service, you can completely disable it. Plus, Windows Search can be responsible for 100% disk usage.

To temporarily disable Windows Search, press the key combination "Win + X" and select "Command Prompt (Admin)". Next, in the command prompt window, enter "net.exe stop Windows search" and press the Enter key.

To disable Windows search, press the key combination "Win + R", then type "services.msc" and press Enter./p>

Find "Windows Search" and open the "Properties" window, then change the Startup type to "Disabled" and save the changes.

4. Turn off protection

Home antivirus software may be causing your problem 100 percent disk utilization. So, disable this app, don't worry, Microsoft has its own default anti-malware tool, Windows Defender. This defender is automatically enabled and protects your system whether you have other antivirus applications installed or not.

5. Disable Flash Player

You can uninstall any flash player update - this solution helped some users to stop using the Windows 10 disk 100. You should go to Settings, click Update & Security, then open Windows Update. Now select Advanced Options, click View Update History and click Uninstall.

6. Reset Virtual Memory

Virtual memory is used to expand the physical memory of your computer. In some cases, virtual memory can cause high disk usage in Windows 10, then you will have to reset it.

To do this,press the Win + Pause / Break keys, then select Advanced System Settings. In the tab "Advanced", click "Settings" and select "Change ..." in the "Virtual memory" section.

Deactivate the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" option. Now you should install the system disk and configure the initial and maximum virtual memory size. Click Install and then OK.

7. Turn off OS updates

Windows Update can also provide disk resources to use 100 Windows 10, so you can disable it and check later.

To do this, run "services.msc" and click "OK", then find "Windows Update" and open it.

In the new window, open the Startup type field and select Disabled. Then click Stop, Apply and OK.

8. Set up Windows Explorer

To do this, open Windows 10 Explorer, go to the "View" line and click "Options". On the tab "Search" and deactivate the following functions:

  • "Include compressed files (ZIP, CAB ...)"
  • "Always search for files by name and content (this may take a few minutes)"

Save your changes.

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