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Getting 100% Disk Usage Spikes On Windows 8

CatoftheCanals

New Member
I have been trying to fix this issue for two days now. I did a fresh install of windows 8 twice and the problem still persists. I think I have tried every solution offered by google so far and I am at my wits end. It causes freezing in video games and I just want to play all these cool games I bought on steam, not to mention browse the internet without freezing. Please people of eightforums.com I ask... no, I beg for your help!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite 885
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    Physical Memory: 3980 MB Virtual Memory: 12056 MB Swap Space: 8076 MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Disk Drive :TOSHIBA MK6475GSX
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

MilesAhead

Eclectician
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Did you run a diagnostic on the HD? It could be a hardware issue.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

CatoftheCanals

New Member
Did you run a diagnostic on the HD? It could be a hardware issue.

Thank you for replying! I really do appreciate it. I just finished a diagnostic scan on the HD and it found nothing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite 885
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    Physical Memory: 3980 MB Virtual Memory: 12056 MB Swap Space: 8076 MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Disk Drive :TOSHIBA MK6475GSX
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

MilesAhead

Eclectician
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When you look in Task Manager do you see processes hogging the CPU? One thing I noticed back when I first got Vista was that there were processes opening every user file on my system. One was mobsync.exe. It seems its job was to find media files for WMP. But it was overzealous. Anything like that stand out?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

MilesAhead

Eclectician
VIP Member
Pro User

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

cluberti

Cat herder
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Please do not use task manager for system resource issues, use resource monitor - in this case, use the disk tab there, in particular. It gives far more information about resource usage than task manager.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.5GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus Hero VII
    Memory
    32GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX970
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Hard Drives
    1x Samsung 250GB SSD
    4x WD RE 2TB (RAIDZ)
    PSU
    Corsair AX760i
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15

MilesAhead

Eclectician
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Please do not use task manager for system resource issues, use resource monitor - in this case, use the disk tab there, in particular. It gives far more information about resource usage than task manager.


If it's mobsync.exe it's not hard to find. Likewise explorer opening every file to see if it's been modified. Speaking of which, is there software running on the machine that touts automatically detecting folder change? Like maybe one of the Mega type cloud storage apps? I tried one of those and my Laptop's performance took a nosedive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

CatoftheCanals

New Member
When you look in Task Manager do you see processes hogging the CPU? One thing I noticed back when I first got Vista was that there were processes opening every user file on my system. One was mobsync.exe. It seems its job was to find media files for WMP. But it was overzealous. Anything like that stand out?

The CPU usage is fine, the only thing spiking is disk usage. It does this on resource monitor aswell. I don't have anything running called mob sync. This problem will show up even after a fresh install of windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite 885
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    Physical Memory: 3980 MB Virtual Memory: 12056 MB Swap Space: 8076 MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Disk Drive :TOSHIBA MK6475GSX
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

CatoftheCanals

New Member
I also updated my System Specs on this website.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite 885
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    Physical Memory: 3980 MB Virtual Memory: 12056 MB Swap Space: 8076 MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Disk Drive :TOSHIBA MK6475GSX
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

MilesAhead

Eclectician
VIP Member
Pro User
When you look in Task Manager do you see processes hogging the CPU? One thing I noticed back when I first got Vista was that there were processes opening every user file on my system. One was mobsync.exe. It seems its job was to find media files for WMP. But it was overzealous. Anything like that stand out?

The CPU usage is fine, the only thing spiking is disk usage. It does this on resource monitor aswell. I don't have anything running called mob sync. This problem will show up even after a fresh install of windows 8.

I understand. Anything using 100% of your disk is likely using at least a few % of CPU. Please post a screen shot of Task Manager sorted by CPU usage with highest at the top. I might recognize something. It's worth a shot as we have to start somewhere. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

sailbad

New Member
I had the same problem which occurred immediately after upgrading from 8 to 8.1. I spent a lot of time following suggestions but what solved the problem for me was I came across a post, which at first I thought was a company promotion, saying that CCLEANER would solve the problem with their registry clean-up tool. And it's free. I downloaded the software and ran the registry cleaner three times (rebooting each time) and problem solved. My disk usage is running along at 5-10% and no more time wasted. I was just about to the point of buying a new computer but have to thank this company for saving me the time and money.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

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