HIGH disk usage Windows 8 Pro

It's been about 4 days since I've had this issue. My computer was running really slow, so I checked the Task Manager and saw that a "System" process was running under the name "ntoskrnl.exe". I thought it was a virus or a rootkit. I ran Windows Defender and nothing was detected. I just did a clean install of my operating system last night, and I'm checking my processes and the same issue is persisting.

I have an HP Pavilion m7 1015-dx.

If the problem is persisting like I think it is, can this be a hardware issue?
 

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Are you getting a BSOD?  It looks like you may have a memory problem.  Suggest you test as follows and let me know the results:

 

  • First, Invoke Run window or Search Charm. And after that Select the Settings tab in case of Search Charm.
  • The next thing to do is Type in the command “MdSched”, and then press Enter.

    The window launched lists comes up with just two options –

    • The first one being Run the tool right now. The system will reboot if you opt for this one. So in such case you must save all your work before you opt to go for it.
    • After that Run the tool at next system boot. This will automatically schedule the tool to run when you start your system the next time.

    This tool instantly works at system startup, and kind of works in an environment similar to that of DOS.

    The tool will start the diagnosis instantly after reboot. Actually it runs a set to test on your RAM stick. If all the tests clear up successfully, then your RAM is in good working condition.

    If your RAM is unable to pass all the tests, then it means  that you will be required to repair or replace it.

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    I believe that my RAM sticks are okay, as I also ran the memory diagnostic and no errors were shown.

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    I got one BSOD that gave me a KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

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    At least we know that the memory diagnostics are OK.

     

    Now do this:

     

    Right click the bottom left corner of the screen and click Command Prompt (Admin)

     

         now, type CHKDSK /p  & press enter.

  • After the scan is complete,
  • type, CHKDSK C: /f /r    (This will repair corrupted sectors )

         Restart the system and check if the problem is solved.

     

    When you reply to me tell me if your are running a third party AV program.

     

    If the above does not fix the problem we will have to look at your drivers but we will wait to see the above results.

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    Sorry people I have been at work all day, I posted this while I was running late. I know that ntoskrnl isn't a virus, but I did check just to make sure. I ran chkdsk as was suggested and I am stuck at 27% complete. 

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    You must be patient with the processes I gave you in my prior post.  They can take up to 5 to 7 hours to complete.  Let them do their job.  You may think that it is frozen at 27 or 29% but this is normal.

     

    I know ntoskmi is not a virus but I asked you if you have a third party Anti Virus program in your machine.

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    I had the same problem.i used system resource monitor tool to detect which files are being accessed.the result: random files from where i am not accessing.it looks like system indexing s.t. or looking for viruses.my search indexing is off and im using Symantec endpoint Point Protection un- manged client.
    my hard disk usage goes to 20 to 100% and the priority seems to be high as the system gets really slow.for example it takes 3 secs to open a local disk.
    i had win 8 pro since its release time but the high disk usage problem occurs recently.

    win 8 pro wmc x64
    3gb ram
    amd turion 64 x2 

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    Its a 100% disk usage problem in all Windows 8 Versions. In task manager programs like services and system.exe consumes .5-1 MB/s and shows a disk usage of 100% and make other running programs unresponsive.
    Its a major problem in windows 8 and still Microsoft is not doing anything regarding this!!
    Are we supposed to face this problem until the next release of Windows or is there any way to fix it permanently??
    sujitintel

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    I too am having the issue.  As I type this the letters slowly appear on the screen.

     

    It happens once a day so its making me think its definitely an indexing or virus scanning issue.  But could be totally wrong.

     

    One thing I wanted to ask everyone, do you have iTunes or Spotify installed?  The way these two apps store files is in a massive directory system.  Wondering if the indexing against that is causing issues?

     

    Thanks

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    (Ditto and thanks, Taoufiq!)

    Same problem here on a brand new laptop.  No resolution after trying all the scanning, defragging and other suggestions from this and other online forums.

    Task manager shows "ntoskrnl.exe" as the disk hog, but doesn't have any further details.

    And yes, it happens constantly and often for hours, but - unfortunately - I can't find a pattern so it's even more difficult to narrow it down to any other event or program.

    It's absolutely maddening. 


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