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Windows 8.1 Disk Activity stuck at 100%

addtd2sd 1,413 320 January 14, 2014 at 09:05 PM
I've a custom build Windows machine running 8.1 with a 1TB hard disk.

I was moving so i haven't been using my PC for couple of months and now when i turned it back on, everything seems to be terribly slow. Opening Chrome would take a minute or so (it used to be within seconds) and opening a new tab will show the spinner for a while.

I do know that there're some missing Windows system files and i think it fixed itself.

chkdsk passed without any issues on all partitions.


If i open Task Manager, my Disk activity sits at 99% or 100% most of the time with System entry using the disk at 0.1MB/s.

If i open Resource Monitor, I see System entry being the most resource hungry Process with 2k Read (Bytes/sec) and 6k Write (Bytes/sec).

Other than that, the activity lights on my PC case is always ON (red lights).


Now doing a 'sfc /scannow' and it's at 97% (moving very slow).

Any thoughts ? I wonder if my disk got corrupted during to the move ? I remember seeing the unable to load Windows when i first turned on the PC after the move. But then again, how come chkdsk passed without any errors.

CPU usage is around 3-6% (Core i3)
Memory - 29% (12GB Installed)


Appreciate your help.

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Maybe it's doing Windows Updates, updating/scanning with your antivirus, checking for Java Updates, checking for Flash updates, checking for Adobe Acrobat updates, checking for MalwareBytes Updates, etc.

Or maybe it's infected with a Bitcoin mining trojan!

Maybe leave it on overnight and check it in the morning.
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Could also be updating the disk index - agree to let it run overnight & see if it stops.

If it doesn't, unplug it from the internet & start scanning for malware.
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look at the disk's "smart"?

slow at safemode or boot from USB?
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when i came back from work i see the "Media test failure, check cable" error.


I switched the SATA cable and it still shows the same error upon rebooting.


Guess my hard drive is dead.
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Quote from addtd2sd View Post :
when i came back from work i see the "Media test failure, check cable" error.


I switched the SATA cable and it still shows the same error upon rebooting.


Guess my hard drive is dead.
That's what it sounds like.
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
That's what it sounds like.
but it's still detecting the drive in BIOS
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but it's still detecting the drive in BIOS
That's normal.
When Windows tries to boot up, it's holding the HDD to a higher standard than the bios does, so it can often tell you to check your connections, when in fact, it's just the HDD that is so damaged, that it's almost as if it weren't there.
Sometimes when you pull the drive out to try to save data, it wont spin up for love or money, yet still might work a bit in the original machine.
I can't give you all the scientific reasons for it being that way, that's just from observing many machines that got to that point.
I presume that you have your data backed up and all you have to do is install a new OS on a new hard drive, correct?
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
That's normal.
When Windows tries to boot up, it's holding the HDD to a higher standard than the bios does, so it can often tell you to check your connections, when in fact, it's just the HDD that is so damaged, that it's almost as if it weren't there.
Sometimes when you pull the drive out to try to save data, it wont spin up for love or money, yet still might work a bit in the original machine.
I can't give you all the scientific reasons for it being that way, that's just from observing many machines that got to that point.
I presume that you have your data backed up and all you have to do is install a new OS on a new hard drive, correct?
been using Crashplan for 2yrs. i guess it's time to make use of itSmilie
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Get the official drive diags from the manufacturer & run a test - be sure to check warranty status & they may swap it out for you
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hard drive is still under Seagate warranty.

I wonder if they gonna replace it with a refurb and what will be the warranty on the replacement drive ? My original expires next year. Do i get the original warranty or will this one expires in 90 days ?
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Do i get the original warranty or will this one expires in 90 days ?
I think you get whichever of the two is longer
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