Question Help: Windows 10 Slows Down When Plugging in Flash Drive

bgphilbin

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Good morning -

I'm running Windows 10 on a 2-year-old PC (HP Pavilion Desktop 590-P00700, Intel Core i7-8700, 12GB RAM, DDR4-2666, PC4-21300 MB/s, 1TB Hard Drive). Last year, when backing up some data, I noticed that the PC slowed down drastically whenever I plugged in an external hard drive or USB thumb drive. I purchased some new hardware and the same thing occurred when I plugged in the new stuff.

Doesn't matter what kind of storage media I'm plugging in or how small the storage size is. Also doesn't matter which USB port I use (front, back, 3.0, 2.0, whatever). All ports are standard and I have not modified the PC in any way.

It's bad enough that I have to wait about 60-90 seconds every time I move the mouse for it to respond, so I can see where I ended up. It's infuriating that this should occur and I didn't notice it until the PC was outside of its 1-year warranty. Now I need to troubleshoot it myself.

Problem is, I don't even know where to begin. If there's some information I can provide that will be helpful, I'd be grateful for someone to let me know and I'll provide it ASAP.

Please help, I can't find solutions to a similar issue anywhere.

Pax, harmonia,

BGPhilbin
 

bgphilbin

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I use MalwareBytes (paid version) and perform regular scans since the day it was brand new. There's been nothing to indicate that this would be the issue.
 

bgphilbin

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According to Task Manager, no change in Disk, Memory or CPU usage when any of these are plugged in. Please note that my other HP PC (HP Pavilion 590-p0007c, very similar setup and both computers are desktops, BTW) has no such issue with any of these drives.
 

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