Question SSD Reaching 100% Utilization Causes Freezing Every 3 Minutes

pimplup

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Hello. I've already asked this question before, but the problem persists. Last time, I fixed the issue by deleting a few GB of space on my SSD. However, after a week, the issue started happening again. I've tried:

-changing PC to a local account
-changing AHCI Link Power Management to Active
-flashing BIOS
-updating Windows/Radeon
-scanning the SSD for issues (/scannow in CMD), no issues found
-unplugging and plugging the SSD/HDD cables back in

SPECS:

SSD: HP S700 120GB
HDD: WD BLUE 1TB
CPU: R5 1600
GPU: GIGABYTE RX 580 4GB
MB: ASUS B-350 PRIME PLUS
RAM: CORSAIR VENGEANCE 8GB 2400MHZ

I'd appreciate any help I could get. Thank you.

Edit:
Here's an image of Resource Monitor and Task Manager while my computer is freezing:
View: https://imgur.com/cghmoPw
 
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Ralston18

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Three immediate questions:

I do not believe that all of those Registry "writes" is normal behavior.

1) Have you done anything with respect to the Registry: i.e., edit, run some utility, etc..?

A 120 GB SSD is likely too small in the long run.

2) How much space is currently available on the 120 GB SSD?

Perhaps some recent download was infected.

3) So, just for the record: have any AV/malware software scans been run?
 

pimplup

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Three immediate questions:

I do not believe that all of those Registry "writes" is normal behavior.

1) Have you done anything with respect to the Registry: i.e., edit, run some utility, etc..?

A 120 GB SSD is likely too small in the long run.

2) How much space is currently available on the 120 GB SSD?

Perhaps some recent download was infected.

3) So, just for the record: have any AV/malware software scans been run?
1) There was this one fix by Microsoft that I did in the registry, but I can't seem to find the exact page. This response looks like what I did: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-10-freeze-and-ssd-usage-spiked-to-100/53384eeb-6783-475b-bfa9-6d6437759206?irgwc=1&OCID=AID681541_aff_7806_1246483&tduid=(ir__slii1b9hlwkfrm3gkk0sohzn0n2xj3iwdppa90zj00)(7806)(1246483)((28f668e70c03a96a29ee08c9b4bc5376)(81561)(686431)(at106140_a107739_m12_p12460_cCA)())(28f668e70c03a96a29ee08c9b4bc5376)&irclickid=_slii1b9hlwkfrm3gkk0sohzn0n2xj3iwdppa90zj00

2) 17.7 GB, I guess around 10GB was used when I updated to 1903 today, before was 25GB.

3) I scanned with Avast multiple times and used Malwarebytes as well.

Edit: 33.5GB after disk cleanup.
 
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Ralston18

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Take a look in Reliability History and then Event Viewer.

Reliability History is more "User Friendly" so look there first.

Either one may be capturing some error codes or warnings that correspond to the freezes.

Some glitch related to the 1903 update perhaps.
 

pimplup

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Take a look in Reliability History and then Event Viewer.

Reliability History is more "User Friendly" so look there first.

Either one may be capturing some error codes or warnings that correspond to the freezes.

Some glitch related to the 1903 update perhaps.
Here are some images of my reliability history. View: https://imgur.com/a/Dv5or3l

I'm not really sure what to do with this information, sorry.

Edit: Might be getting a little excited here, but I think I may have fixed it. I followed these instructions:
View: https://youtu.be/Enh3gPc3HVs?t=232
to disable Windows Search. I've been doing basic, non-intensive tasks (watching videos on Chrome, Spotify, Discord) that seemed to trigger freezing, and nothing has happened yet.
 
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Ralston18

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Windows Search may have had some glitch or otherwise was buggy.

I noted the "successful" Samsung driver installations but would be hard pressed to correlate the installs with the Windows Desktop Manager stopping.

For the moment, leave well enough alone and if the freezes begin again then look in Reliability History and Event Viewer. Delve into the details.

And look into "sfc /scannow" via the command prompt. May find and fix other corrupted windows files.

Reference:

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-use-sfc-scannow-to-repair-windows-system-files-2626161

Just slowly ramp up the tasking on your system - you may discover some threshold value or configuration that marks the boundary between no freezes and then freezes.
 

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