As every computer is different from each other, so are the solutions to the problem. We have compiled a list of solutions that will most certainly fix the issue for any computer. With newer machines with NVME or SSDs the cause of this error is commonly related to the BIOS updates.
Solution 1 : Flashing BIOS with new firmware
If you are a laptop user then you should find out your laptop’s manufacturer and download a BIOS update from there.
Below are the most common manufacturer’s BIOS updates.
If the issue is occurring on a full-sized PC then the solution is a little bit different. Try to find out the name and model number of your motherboard and look for a BIOS update from there.
Solution 2 : Outdated drivers
Have you suffered from frequent system crashes, freezing screens or device errors? The outdated, broken or missing drivers can make PC devices stop working anytime.
We recommend using CCleaner to update your drivers. they have a free version available and you can download it from here. Alternatively you can use IOBIT’s Driver booster which you can download from here.
They essentially do the same job and it’s up to your preference which one you like more.
Solution 3 : Checking for viruses
With Windows being the most used OS in the world it is also the most vulnerable. With disk usage at 100%, it is strongly recommended to scan the PC for any viruses that might be altering or outright corrupting files on the hard disk drive. Viruses can damage or even brick your device if not dealt with immediately.
We recommend Avast as it’s the most efficient antivirus with a range of functionality which you can download from here, but you can use any, as long as they can detect viruses.
Solution 4 : Windows Update
Installing the latest updates can often resolve mysterious problems with your Windows 10 system. Check if your machine up to date by going into the “Update and security” section of the Windows Settings app.
You can check for new updates and install them if they are available.
Settings > Update & Security settings > Windows Update
This may improve the overall performance of your system including that of your hard drive.
Solution 4 : Increase Swap Memory size
Virtual memory treats your disk as if it is RAM and uses it to swap out temporary files when it runs out of actual RAM. Errors in the pagefile.sys can cause 100% disk usage on your Windows 10 machine. The remedy to this problem is to reset your virtual memory settings.
Follow these steps to reset your virtual memory:
- In your computer’s “System Properties” you need to click on “Advanced system settings”.
2. Click “Settings” in the Performance section.
3. Select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Change” button.
4. Make sure the box titled “Automatically manage paging file size” is checked.
5. You can also choose “No paging file”, Press OK and then reboot. This will inhibit the use of virtual memory and may improve your system’s disk performance.
Solution 5 : Change Power Options from Balance to High Performance
This change of energy settings seems to have worked for a number of users who have experienced 100% disk usage on Windows 10.
Use this procedure:
- Go to Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings.
- Select the High-performance option from the drop-down box and make sure all plan settings are set to their defaults.
Solution 6 : Faulty or Old hard drive
1. Right-click on Start button and click on Run.
2. In Run Command window, type msinfo32 and click on OK.
3. On the next screen, navigate to Components > Storage > Disks in the left-pane. In the right-pane, you will find detailed information about the Hard Disk installed on your computer.
In above case, the entry next to Media Type is listed as Fixed Hard Disk, which does not clearly specify whether it is SSD or HDD type.
However, the first two methods as provided above do confirm that the computer has SSD type storage.