If your Windows 10 PC is running slow and you find that the hard drive is working at or near 100 percent, here are some steps you can take to fix the issue.

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Sometimes your Windows 10 system will slow to a crawl even though you have a powerful CPU, plenty of RAM, and just a couple of apps running. While many factors can cause this, one is that the hard drive is working at or near 100 percent. It doesn’t have the spare cycles to perform routine OS tasks. This results in everything slowing down. A simple reboot, which often solves many OS issues, won’t fix an over-worked drive. Here are some of the things you can do to fix the disk usage problem in Windows 10.


Fix 100% Disk Usage in Windows 10

When you’re trying to figure out what’s causing the slowdown, you might have noticed that the Disk usage is 100% in Task Manager.

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Wrapping Up

Usually, one of the options above will fix an over-worked hard drive, but not always. If you’re running an antivirus suite like Norton or Kaspersky. Ensure your computer is offline, and then temporarily disable the antivirus software to see if things improve. If so, contact the company’s customer service. Also, make sure all device drivers are up-to-date, and another place to look is Virtual Memory. If you have made changes to it in the past, go back and reset it to default settings.

Have you experienced this problem on your Windows PC? Let us know the steps you took to fix it. And for more tips, tricks, and troubleshooting advice, check out our Windows 10 Forums.