If you are operating on a Windows 10 platform, then you would have definitely come across an issue where your disk space is 100% used up by the system and the compressed memory. By default, the system and the compressed memory is only supposed to use a part of CPU and disk. But, at times, it uses up all the disk memory, thereby causing your system to run slow and ceasing few processes.
This concept of 100% disk usage is not a bug. It is a technique used by the developers to speed up the processes that are newly added to the queue. In earlier versions of Windows, if your RAM is filled up with processes, to free up space, the least used pages are copied into a page file and stored on the Hard drive. If you want to get back to the pages that are saved in hard drive, the system imports the page back into the memory. This made the system become slow, when there is a frequent requirement of pages that are being sent to the hard drive.
In Windows 10, to avoid such imports, a new concept of compressed memory is introduced. When the RAM is filled with pages and has no memory left to allow new pages to process, the older pages are compressed to a smaller size, thereby freeing up space for the newer pages. Here, there is no necessity of using the external memory to store page files. All the files are stuffed up in the main memory itself. Therefore, whenever the RAM is filled with processes, it is viewed as 100% disk usage.
When the RAM is being fully used, the system gradually slows down. To fix this issue, you can follow the below solutions, and we guarantee you that one or the other solution will definitely fix your problem with the disk usage.
- 1 How to Solve 100% Disk Usage by System and Compressed Memory Error
How to Solve 100% Disk Usage by System and Compressed Memory Error
Set the Paging File Size to Default
If by any chance, your paging file size has changed, memory compression problem might occur resulting in a 100% disk usage due to larger page file sizes. To set the paging file size to a default value, follow the following steps:
- Open Start Menu.
- Click on settings in the left pane.
- Type ‘Performance’ in the search bar.
- Select ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’ from the results obtained by the search operation.
- A dialog box named ‘Performance Options’ is displayed.
- Navigate to the ‘Advanced’ tab.
- Under the virtual memory, click on the ‘Change’ button.
- In the virtual memory window, check the ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’ option and click OK. If it is already checked, just click OK.
- A restart request is prompted after clicking on ‘OK’. Restart the computer and check if the disk usage has reduced its percentage.
Disable the System and Compressed Memory Process
The system and compressed memory is the main component that uses most of your disk space. In order to reduce the disk usage, the best option is to stop the process.
- Open Control Panel.
- Open Administrative Tools.
- In the Task Scheduler, click on ‘Task Scheduler Library’ to expand its contents.
- Click on Microsoft to expand its contents too.
- In the left pane, under Microsoft, click on ‘Windows’ to expand its contents.
- In the left pane, under Windows, click on ‘Memory Diagnostic’ to view its content in the right pane.
- Right click on ‘RunFullMemoryDiagnosticEntry’.
- Click on ‘Disable’.
- Now, restart the computer and check if the disk usage is still high.
Disable the SuperFetch Service
SuperFetch service is used to monitor the system performance. But at times, it may degrade the overall performance while monitoring other tasks. Disk usage is one such task, that might degrade the performance. So, to enhance your overall system performance, disable the SuperFetch Service.
- Windows Logo key + R to open run.
- In the run window, type regedit and press enter to open the Registry Editor.
- In the left pane, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, click on SYSTEM.
- Under SYSTEM, expand CurrentControlSet.
- Then navigate to Control >> Session Manager >> Memory Management.
- Under Memory Management, click on PrefetchParameters to view its contents in the right pane.
- In the right pane, open EnabelSuperfetch and replace the value with 0.
- Click OK. Close the registry and restart the system.
Repair the corrupt system files
Scan through your system and check for any corrupt files. If you find any corrupt files, try to repair them. Delete the files that are not working even on repair. Now check the disk usage. If it is still high, try the next alternative solution.
If none of the above solutions have really worked out, these fix might help you:
Add an extra RAM to your system
If you have an additional memory attached to the RAM, then the files need not be compressed to save extra space for new pages. The RAM will still have space for new pages to occupy.
Uninstall unnecessary applications
If you have any unnecessary applications that are just junk, uninstall them. It saves some space in the memory, thereby the disk is not completely filled with running processes.
Do not keep open any unnecessary software or tabs
If you have any applications or tabs opened but not in use, kindly close them. Also, this lessens the overhead on the CPU and the memory is freed. Thereby, the system remains a bit faster than earlier.