What causes SSD disk usage to spike to 100% on Win 10 lockup after a reboot?

On my Win 10 desktop my C: drive is a Mushkin Reactor 512GB SSD. When ever something goes wrong to cause my computer to completely lockup and I have to do a hard reboot when the computer boots up again the C: disk usage spikes to 100% and this goes on for over a half hour. I've never actually timed it so it could be longer.

Is Windows doing a file check or something similar when the disk usage spikes? When this spike occurs the PC is virtually unusable. If Windows is doing a disk check why can't we see the progress? With previous Windows versions the disk check happened before the PC finished starting Windows so we could see the progress.

I'm about to upgrade to a new PC build where I'm using an M.2 drive for my root drive. Is the new drive going to be susceptible to what ever is causing my current PC to experience this high disk usage?
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  1. To be frank, it could be any number of things. Everything from Windows doing system maintenance to a virus happily infesting your system. It could even be a continually failing windows update installation. But to help determine what is going on we'll need a few more details, can you provide your full system specs (including the PSU make, model and wattage) can you also have a look at what programs and applications are running at startup? A list of background processes will help too.

    If you need help to find out the details just ask we'll try to help guide you! :)
  2. finitekosmos said:
    can you also have a look at what programs and applications are running at startup? A list of background processes will help too.

    If you need help to find out the details just ask we'll try to help guide you! :)


    Is there an easy way to generate a list of startup programs or background applications other than just taking a screenshot?
  3. htradne said:
    finitekosmos said:
    can you also have a look at what programs and applications are running at startup? A list of background processes will help too.

    If you need help to find out the details just ask we'll try to help guide you! :)


    Is there an easy way to generate a list of startup programs or background applications other than just taking a screenshot?



    Just open Windows Task manager, and then select the Startup tab. That is the entire list of applications that load at startup.
  4. You can run a command prompt with Administrator privileges and type in the following command tasklist > tasklist.txt

    this will create a txt file called tasklist that contains the output of the command you ran. simply open the file and paste the contents. however tasklist will present a lot of services as svchost and wont necessarily name the actual program or service that actually is using the resources.
  5. terry4536 said:


    Just open Windows Task manager, and then select the Startup tab. That is the entire list of applications that load at startup.


    Yes, but I'm asking is there a way to generate a text list of those programs? There's 39 programs in the startup list and way more processes than that. I'm asking if there's an easy way to post that list or should I just take a screenshot?
  6. When Windows loads all of the applications on that list load. At the same time, updates are loading, configuring, and installing.

    If there is a malware present, that would also be active.
  7. htradne said:
    terry4536 said:


    Just open Windows Task manager, and then select the Startup tab. That is the entire list of applications that load at startup.


    Yes, but I'm asking is there a way to generate a text list of those programs? There's 39 programs in the startup list and way more processes than that. I'm asking if there's an easy way to post that list or should I just take a screenshot?



    There may be a command to print it, but I'm not aware of it. The only way that I've seen it posted on the forum is through a screen shot.
  8. You can also go to Windows Apps & Features, and select Startup. The list is in a different format with individual app control. But there is no option to print the list. It is a more clear list though for a screenshot.
  9. OK, here's the startup programs: https://imgur.com/a/HNI634a.

    My hardware is:
    i5-6600
    Mushkin Reactor 512GB SSD C: drive
    2x WD Blues
    1x WD Black
    Nvidia GTX 1050

    The power supply I'm not 100% sure on, but it would have been the Corsair series that Best Buy sells and I think it was the RM series. I think the RMx series is the super quiet one and I know it wasn't that series (because I just bought one of those for my new build and I know the different in how they sounds). It would have been (most likely) 750 watt.

    My AV is Bitdefender and it's up to date.

    Here's the list of processes running:


    Image Name PID Session Name Session# Mem Usage
    ========================= ======== ================ =========== ============
    System Idle Process 0 Services 0 8 K
    System 4 Services 0 2,048 K
    Registry 96 Services 0 16,520 K
    smss.exe 404 Services 0 1,112 K
    csrss.exe 652 Services 0 5,160 K
    wininit.exe 744 Services 0 5,932 K
    csrss.exe 752 Console 1 5,768 K
    services.exe 820 Services 0 10,100 K
    lsass.exe 840 Services 0 21,344 K
    svchost.exe 952 Services 0 3,620 K
    svchost.exe 984 Services 0 34,464 K
    fontdrvhost.exe 1012 Services 0 9,144 K
    svchost.exe 572 Services 0 14,900 K
    svchost.exe 644 Services 0 8,096 K
    winlogon.exe 892 Console 1 11,184 K
    fontdrvhost.exe 1072 Console 1 34,872 K
    dwm.exe 1148 Console 1 196,700 K
    svchost.exe 1344 Services 0 9,140 K
    svchost.exe 1364 Services 0 11,212 K
    svchost.exe 1404 Services 0 17,176 K
    svchost.exe 1424 Services 0 15,720 K
    svchost.exe 1488 Services 0 5,608 K
    svchost.exe 1512 Services 0 10,432 K
    svchost.exe 1552 Services 0 11,088 K
    svchost.exe 1616 Services 0 7,432 K
    vsserv.exe 1692 Services 0 952,768 K
    svchost.exe 1736 Services 0 9,164 K
    WUDFHost.exe 1812 Services 0 7,604 K
    svchost.exe 1824 Services 0 12,164 K
    svchost.exe 1976 Services 0 9,436 K
    svchost.exe 1984 Services 0 25,612 K
    NVDisplay.Container.exe 2072 Services 0 12,996 K
    svchost.exe 2080 Services 0 16,688 K
    bdservicehost.exe 2164 Services 0 48,748 K
    svchost.exe 2224 Services 0 10,000 K
    svchost.exe 2248 Services 0 12,320 K
    svchost.exe 2256 Services 0 5,332 K
    svchost.exe 2264 Services 0 7,452 K
    NVDisplay.Container.exe 2416 Console 1 39,484 K
    Memory Compression 2460 Services 0 182,712 K
    svchost.exe 2572 Services 0 8,816 K
    svchost.exe 2600 Services 0 7,088 K
    svchost.exe 2700 Services 0 7,516 K
    svchost.exe 2728 Services 0 9,988 K
    svchost.exe 2628 Services 0 16,032 K
    svchost.exe 3032 Services 0 16,892 K
    svchost.exe 3164 Services 0 6,024 K
    svchost.exe 3172 Services 0 11,704 K
    svchost.exe 3264 Services 0 21,192 K
    svchost.exe 3328 Services 0 12,580 K
    svchost.exe 3368 Services 0 12,836 K
    spoolsv.exe 3452 Services 0 29,156 K
    svchost.exe 3532 Services 0 7,660 K
    svchost.exe 3620 Services 0 28,644 K
    PhotoshopElementsFileAgen 3912 Services 0 1,216 K
    AppleMobileDeviceService. 3924 Services 0 16,088 K
    mDNSResponder.exe 3932 Services 0 6,788 K
    AsusFanControlService.exe 3948 Services 0 9,396 K
    aaHMSvc.exe 3956 Services 0 9,636 K
    AffinegyService.exe 3964 Services 0 10,372 K
    AdobeUpdateService.exe 3972 Services 0 8,536 K
    atkexComSvc.exe 3980 Services 0 12,468 K
    svchost.exe 3992 Services 0 16,632 K
    armsvc.exe 4008 Services 0 6,284 K
    bdservicehost.exe 4024 Services 0 15,928 K
    svchost.exe 4040 Services 0 6,488 K
    svchost.exe 4056 Services 0 40,372 K
    OfficeClickToRun.exe 4064 Services 0 63,196 K
    AGSService.exe 4092 Services 0 11,512 K
    svchost.exe 2936 Services 0 56,768 K
    AGMService.exe 3080 Services 0 8,616 K
    PMAService.exe 3108 Services 0 8,420 K
    svchost.exe 3228 Services 0 18,008 K
    escsvc64.exe 3496 Services 0 5,956 K
    NetgearSwitchUSB.exe 3880 Services 0 5,388 K
    nvcontainer.exe 4120 Services 0 23,940 K
    NvTelemetryContainer.exe 4136 Services 0 14,272 K
    Plex Update Service.exe 4152 Services 0 7,816 K
    svchost.exe 4180 Services 0 8,512 K
    NEService64.exe 4220 Services 0 10,416 K
    svchost.exe 4236 Services 0 6,032 K
    ProductAgentService.exe 4248 Services 0 16,476 K
    updatesrv.exe 4272 Services 0 21,040 K
    sihost.exe 4284 Console 1 39,036 K
    svchost.exe 4292 Services 0 12,604 K
    vncserver.exe 4300 Services 0 46,504 K
    SecurityHealthService.exe 4312 Services 0 15,284 K
    ss_conn_service.exe 4320 Services 0 6,212 K
    svchost.exe 4328 Services 0 5,268 K
    vsservp.exe 4372 Services 0 7,328 K
    svchost.exe 4380 Services 0 19,572 K
    WDDriveService.exe 4408 Services 0 19,356 K
    svchost.exe 4624 Console 1 21,872 K
    svchost.exe 4720 Services 0 11,336 K
    svchost.exe 4928 Services 0 6,556 K
    dasHost.exe 4948 Services 0 24,000 K
    svchost.exe 4988 Services 0 4,976 K
    svchost.exe 5708 Console 1 37,180 K
    WmiPrvSE.exe 5780 Services 0 17,132 K
    svchost.exe 5848 Services 0 11,828 K
    svchost.exe 6004 Services 0 9,036 K
    AISuite3.exe 6256 Console 1 1,712 K
    AODMR.exe 6292 Console 1 1,796 K
    WDBackupEngine.exe 6468 Services 0 45,972 K
    DipAwayMode.exe 6540 Console 1 1,564 K
    svchost.exe 6608 Services 0 15,292 K
    HDSentinel.exe 6616 Console 1 8,920 K
    taskhostw.exe 6756 Console 1 20,176 K
    nvcontainer.exe 6888 Console 1 49,240 K
    svchost.exe 6912 Services 0 6,660 K
    svchost.exe 5932 Services 0 7,340 K
    ctfmon.exe 7288 Console 1 40,732 K
    vncagent.exe 7436 Console 1 6,796 K
    vncserverui.exe 7972 Console 1 16,204 K
    explorer.exe 8144 Console 1 385,376 K
    svchost.exe 1336 Services 0 16,460 K
    ShellExperienceHost.exe 8756 Console 1 118,088 K
    SearchUI.exe 9056 Console 1 195,588 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 8620 Console 1 42,720 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 9092 Console 1 25,732 K
    SearchIndexer.exe 9508 Services 0 69,404 K
    SkypeApp.exe 9632 Console 1 17,848 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 9712 Console 1 38,712 K
    SkypeBackgroundHost.exe 9776 Console 1 11,100 K
    OfficeHubTaskHost.exe 9824 Console 1 11,680 K
    LockApp.exe 10272 Console 1 45,152 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 10392 Console 1 25,984 K
    SettingSyncHost.exe 11064 Console 1 4,284 K
    GoogleCrashHandler.exe 10380 Services 0 1,128 K
    GoogleCrashHandler64.exe 10404 Services 0 1,056 K
    NVIDIA Web Helper.exe 10680 Console 1 2,528 K
    conhost.exe 10948 Console 1 1,032 K
    unsecapp.exe 11272 Services 0 6,688 K
    U3BoostSvr64.exe 11616 Console 1 1,048 K
    PushNoticeMonitor.exe 11624 Console 1 1,040 K
    PushNotify_PCCtrl.exe 11632 Console 1 1,244 K
    svchost.exe 11832 Services 0 14,208 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 12052 Console 1 10,928 K
    svchost.exe 12184 Console 1 25,352 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 6996 Console 1 14,140 K
    MSASCuiL.exe 11744 Console 1 9,220 K
    RtkNGUI64.exe 9864 Console 1 12,864 K
    rundll32.exe 12448 Console 1 1,812 K
    svchost.exe 12712 Services 0 7,952 K
    LogiOptions.exe 12756 Console 1 12,676 K
    dllhost.exe 12828 Console 1 43,916 K
    LogiOptionsMgr.exe 12936 Console 1 32,132 K
    NEGui.exe 13044 Console 1 49,436 K
    OneDrive.exe 12656 Console 1 49,300 K
    iCloudServices.exe 11128 Console 1 80,496 K
    APSDaemon.exe 12752 Console 1 18,304 K
    secd.exe 13328 Console 1 17,408 K
    iCloudDrive.exe 13468 Console 1 35,340 K
    iCloudPhotos.exe 904 Console 1 43,868 K
    FreeAlarmClock.exe 8484 Console 1 18,340 K
    Steam.exe 12516 Console 1 62,716 K
    steamwebhelper.exe 12464 Console 1 43,864 K
    SteamService.exe 14152 Services 0 12,716 K
    steamwebhelper.exe 14240 Console 1 12,968 K
    steamwebhelper.exe 9432 Console 1 65,972 K
    Plex Media Server.exe 660 Console 1 49,736 K
    PlexScriptHost.exe 8668 Console 1 36,516 K
    conhost.exe 14220 Console 1 10,984 K
    E_YATIQDE.EXE 12476 Console 1 10,540 K
    E_YATIQDE.EXE 8672 Console 1 10,600 K
    Plex DLNA Server.exe 14412 Console 1 17,300 K
    Plex Tuner Service.exe 14452 Console 1 12,036 K
    steamwebhelper.exe 14532 Console 1 95,376 K
    conhost.exe 14564 Console 1 9,648 K
    A6210.EXE 14696 Console 1 16,008 K
    TurboTop.exe 14988 Console 1 7,764 K
    ShareEdit.exe 15172 Console 1 14,560 K
    steamwebhelper.exe 15300 Console 1 38,684 K
    FAHClient.exe 15340 Console 1 27,876 K
    conhost.exe 14480 Console 1 11,184 K
    AODMS.exe 6928 Console 1 13,096 K
    ASUSWSAgent.exe 15156 Console 1 21,888 K
    Creative Cloud.exe 10832 Console 1 88,408 K
    TrayApp.exe 15036 Console 1 27,132 K
    TWC WiFi.exe 14996 Console 1 13,048 K
    Adobe CEF Helper.exe 15376 Console 1 73,500 K
    WDDMStatus.exe 15516 Console 1 29,480 K
    WDAppManager.exe 15628 Console 1 86,264 K
    EEventManager.exe 15920 Console 1 12,960 K
    CoreSync.exe 15948 Console 1 29,884 K
    CCXProcess.exe 16364 Console 1 2,732 K
    node.exe 16380 Console 1 63,088 K
    conhost.exe 15420 Console 1 9,684 K
    FUFAXRCV.exe 15912 Console 1 15,128 K
    FUFAXSTM.exe 9200 Console 1 20,004 K
    jusched.exe 12412 Console 1 7,232 K
    bdredline.exe 10408 Services 0 8,544 K
    IntuitUpdateService.exe 12856 Services 0 10,296 K
    SgrmBroker.exe 6140 Services 0 7,860 K
    svchost.exe 16336 Services 0 10,772 K
    ApplicationFrameHost.exe 9628 Console 1 47,932 K
    dllhost.exe 15240 Console 1 13,036 K
    Adobe CEF Helper.exe 11504 Console 1 59,560 K
    svchost.exe 1432 Services 0 12,460 K
    AdobeIPCBroker.exe 8400 Console 1 10,864 K
    Adobe Desktop Service.exe 1876 Console 1 106,828 K
    Music.UI.exe 11560 Console 1 35,180 K
    WmiPrvSE.exe 14580 Services 0 19,336 K
    chrome.exe 9820 Console 1 473,624 K
    chrome.exe 3200 Console 1 7,756 K
    chrome.exe 7512 Console 1 8,172 K
    chrome.exe 4116 Console 1 602,608 K
    chrome.exe 4772 Console 1 66,428 K
    chrome.exe 10164 Console 1 333,980 K
    chrome.exe 4684 Console 1 65,092 K
    chrome.exe 11972 Console 1 219,992 K
    chrome.exe 15484 Console 1 51,468 K
    chrome.exe 9852 Console 1 55,008 K
    chrome.exe 7060 Console 1 92,612 K
    chrome.exe 15256 Console 1 472,316 K
    chrome.exe 1500 Console 1 67,764 K
    chrome.exe 17404 Console 1 40,332 K
    chrome.exe 4796 Console 1 346,656 K
    chrome.exe 6624 Console 1 126,644 K
    svchost.exe 17272 Services 0 13,836 K
    KeePass.exe 1584 Console 1 23,468 K
    pia_manager.exe 19728 Console 1 6,004 K
    rubyw.exe 7048 Console 1 15,200 K
    pia_manager.exe 2788 Console 1 6,004 K
    rubyw.exe 19624 Console 1 35,188 K
    pia_nw.exe 14392 Console 1 49,212 K
    pia_nw.exe 19892 Console 1 7,024 K
    pia_nw.exe 19028 Console 1 66,428 K
    svchost.exe 21452 Services 0 10,048 K
    svchost.exe 18896 Services 0 16,872 K
    svchost.exe 20940 Services 0 24,332 K
    svchost.exe 18512 Services 0 16,136 K
    svchost.exe 21784 Services 0 8,340 K
    svchost.exe 7320 Services 0 6,880 K
    svchost.exe 6724 Services 0 8,836 K
    MicrosoftEdge.exe 17156 Console 1 48,956 K
    browser_broker.exe 12192 Console 1 8,692 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 22996 Console 1 6,668 K
    MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe 21468 Console 1 23,404 K
    MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe 25736 Console 1 21,196 K
    svchost.exe 6904 Services 0 15,020 K
    svchost.exe 18724 Services 0 10,488 K
    OpenWith.exe 1372 Console 1 32,292 K
    audiodg.exe 26064 Services 0 35,800 K
    iTunes.exe 18568 Console 1 909,020 K
    iPodService.exe 11892 Services 0 8,468 K
    AppleMobileDeviceHelper.e 22748 Console 1 15,204 K
    conhost.exe 28496 Console 1 9,836 K
    distnoted.exe 17476 Console 1 8,068 K
    conhost.exe 29364 Console 1 9,832 K
    taskhostw.exe 21104 Console 1 17,948 K
    DCPlusPlus.exe 24692 Console 1 63,868 K
    svchost.exe 11484 Services 0 15,516 K
    Microsoft.Photos.exe 30132 Console 1 499,180 K
    RuntimeBroker.exe 24804 Console 1 37,764 K
    Calculator.exe 26688 Console 1 38,368 K
    bdagent.exe 27236 Console 1 27,120 K
    OpenWith.exe 23760 Console 1 33,060 K
    chrome.exe 31012 Console 1 49,948 K
    Video.UI.exe 31292 Console 1 36,432 K
    chrome.exe 31152 Console 1 280,100 K
    Taskmgr.exe 33068 Console 1 68,236 K
    svchost.exe 32388 Services 0 23,820 K
    AppleIEDAV.exe 1732 Console 1 37,648 K
    chrome.exe 33528 Console 1 141,948 K
    chrome.exe 34380 Console 1 25,408 K
    chrome.exe 32092 Console 1 96,568 K
    mmc.exe 34020 Console 1 17,660 K
    cmd.exe 34684 Console 1 3,600 K
    conhost.exe 34248 Console 1 14,744 K
    PMA.exe 32124 Console 1 13,716 K
    msconfig.exe 32572 Console 1 19,028 K
    chrome.exe 6224 Console 1 78,500 K
    smartscreen.exe 30684 Console 1 25,484 K
    svchost.exe 30644 Services 0 7,944 K
    svchost.exe 34680 Services 0 7,524 K
    chrome.exe 18148 Console 1 22,360 K
    backgroundTaskHost.exe 25952 Console 1 30,252 K
    svchost.exe 27656 Services 0 14,752 K
    svchost.exe 32640 Console 1 12,212 K
    cmd.exe 34448 Console 1 3,556 K
    conhost.exe 29220 Console 1 16,840 K
    svchost.exe 29744 Services 0 6,652 K
    tasklist.exe 26992 Console 1 7,940 K
  10. 32 GB RAM also
  11. The main problem that I see is that you have way too many apps loading at startup. And many have a high impact on startup.

    To clean that up, select the apps with medium and high impact on startup and use the disable button at the bottom. Then go through the rest and disable all but the ones that you use every few days. This doesn't delete them it just stops them from running constantly.
  12. Also it appears that there are some apps that are installed twice. For example, A6210Genie MFC , Epson Status Monitor 3 both load twice.
  13. When you install an app the default scenario is load them at startup. It allows the application to be displayed a little faster when you click on the icon. But it costs you system resources and slows Windows startup.
  14. Quote:
    I'm about to upgrade to a new PC build where I'm using an M.2 drive for my root drive. Is the new drive going to be susceptible to what ever is causing my current PC to experience this high disk usage?



    The new drive would be susceptible to similar slowdowns at startup with a similar list of applications all loading at startup. But it would also be influenced by the new build processor and memory.
  15. I agree with you about the startup apps. This build was done Dec 2015 so it's had a long time to build up clutter. But, the disk usage thing only happens when I have a hard crash and that's only happened 4 times since the first of the year. I only reboot about once a week, but even then it's still been rebooted many other times and the disk usage problem only happened those 4 or so times where I had a hard crash.

    This is really an issue, as rare as it may be, of me just wanting to know what is going on with the HD on those rare times when I've crashed. If it's doing a disk check why can't I see the progress?
  16. htradne said:
    I agree with you about the startup apps. This build was done Dec 2015 so it's had a long time to build up clutter. But, the disk usage thing only happens when I have a hard crash and that's only happened 4 times since the first of the year. I only reboot about once a week, but even then it's still been rebooted many other times and the disk usage problem only happened those 4 or so times where I had a hard crash.

    This is really an issue, as rare as it may be, of me just wanting to know what is going on with the HD on those rare times when I've crashed. If it's doing a disk check why can't I see the progress?


    Typically the only thing that loads randomly at startup are Widows Updates. There are some that will force a restart. But most will accumulate until the next restart. Then those will load at the same time as the regular apps that are designated to load at startup. So you have both apps and updates loading and installing at the same time.
  17. As I think about it there is another random element. That is browser windows that are open at the time of the restart. These browser windows are a big hog of memory resources. Depending upon how you have your browsers configured, that too could contribute to a slow startup if a bunch of windows are also trying to load.
  18. terry4536 said:
    As I think about it there is another random element. That is browser windows that are open at the time of the restart. These browser windows are a big hog of memory resources. Depending upon how you have your browsers configured, that too could contribute to a slow startup if a bunch of windows are also trying to load.


    When I restart Chrome after a reboot it doesn't reload all open tabs. It asks if I want to re-open those tabs. I can tell if I'm in a situation where the disk usage is about to go wild and will shut the browser down rather than even trying to do anything with it.
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