When I run a Check Disk through the GUI, Explorer.exe consumes all of RAM, leaving me with none for my primary activities; chkdsk was being run as a side task for me. When I cancel the chkdsk part way through, Explorer.exe continues to consume more and
more RAM. I have read that chkdsk consumes all of memory, save for ~50 MB by design (poor design this is), yet this does not explain why Explorer.exe itself continues to consume RAM even after chkdsk.exe is done and gone. I have Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
version, running with 96 GB RAM. There's no valid reason for Explorer.exe or Chkdsk.exe to consume all of that RAM.
In this instance, I brought a drive from home to check here at the office. I do not want to devote all of my office system and my time to this one task, I do have work to be done and would very much prefer that chkdsk.exe run as a background task with very
little memory usage.