I thought it would be useful to share this post in the event anyone experiences this issue.
A friend contacted me recently and mentioned that he was experiencing performance issues with his laptop. Upon investigating I launched task manager and clicked the performance tab. As shown below, I found that his HDD was running at 100%
After some investigation, I found that there was a disk defrag scheduled to run daily which was causing the disk to run at 100%
Disabling this task allowed for the HDD performance to stabilise.
Here is the result after disabling the defrag schedule.
If you’re experiencing this issue, it’s worth checking if there is a defrag schedule configured.
Click start > search and click Defragment and Optimize drives