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On my Windows 7 computer, this happens:

  • I work for several hours without problems, also using Chrome
  • Suddenly, just after refreshing a page in Chrome, disk starts being used excessively
  • (here I can close Chrome or not, no matter, the disk won't stop)
  • Disk activity LED is on all the time and I hear it running like crazy, the whole computer is a little slowed down
  • It last 5-10 minutes
  • In the meantime, if I go to Windows Task Manager and observe what processes are using disk, and turn them off one by one - but no success in stopping the excessive disk usage
  • After approximately 10 minutes everything stops
  • I go to Chrome (or re-open it) and refresh the page with mixed results - sometimes the whole process repeats immediately, sometimes not

Basically, it is almost always Chrome refreshing random page that starts the excessive disk usage, but killing Chrome process does not stop the disk.

Going to the same page in Firefox is not causing problems.

Windows Search is turned off.

I would like to know what is really happening. Perhaps there is a utility which would allow me to see which process is really using the disk, so that I can disable the service ? (not chrome, because killing chrome does not change anything) or even better, perhaps there is a way to fix it?

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Sorry I don't have a solution to this one - I am hitting it myself where a Chrome process seems to suddenly get very resource hungry, and I am still running XP on an older machine. Process Explorer tool in the SysInternals Suite from Mark Russinovich (now owned by Microsoft) is great for showing detailed info about running processes. – Bork Blatt Mar 21 '12 at 10:39
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Open resource monitor, and go to the disk tab. The top pane will tell you what processes have disk activity, and the lower pane will tell you with more detail what the are viewing/writing etc.

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Resource monitor is ok, good to know something like this is in Windows. To solve the issue, I just disabled (almost) all addons in chrome and the problem disappeared completely. – camcam Mar 22 '12 at 13:55
where can I find that resource monitor in windows xp sp3. – Deb Jul 12 '12 at 2:40
@Debabratta, it does not exist. – soandos Jul 12 '12 at 2:40
any other tool which can tell me about disk activity. – Deb Jul 12 '12 at 2:46

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