Fix Chrome high disk usage in Windows 10

Some of the inbuilt features of Chrome including pre-fetch slowdown Windows 10 PCs. If you are facing this issue often, its time to disable some of the pre-fetch options. You can also choose to find out which tab is causing that problem. Check out tips to fix Chrome high disk usage in Windows 10.

100% disk usage in Windows 10 is one of the most common issues, and there are multiple reasons for that. Technically speaking, its one of the programs that take a high toll on the computer making everything else slow.

Chrome high disk usage in Windows 10

Fix chrome high disk usage in windows 10

Google Chrome browser can cause problems if you have pinned tabs as everything is prefetched and loaded again everytime you launch the browser. The only way to fix this is disabling the prefetch, else you need to unpin everything from your list which is unlikely.

  • Launch Google Chrome.
  • Go to Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy.
    • Check for the option Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar Toggle it off.
    • You can also disable the second related option which says “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly
  • There is an advanced section called “Protect you and your device from dangerous sites” this will cause high disk activity if either your computer is infected with a virus or has either bootleg versions of Windows or Office. You can disable it for a while, but then make sure to use Windows Defender to scan your computer.

Both of these options will make sure that Chrome doesn’t download these sites on the go, which in turn makes sure that no hard disk activity takes place.  In older version of Chrome, this was available as a prefetch.

Find out which Tab is using more Disk Usage and Memory

In case you don’t have many options, and you need to have websites pinned, we can figure out which tab is causing the disk usage issue in Chrome.

  • Make sure Chrome is your current, and active Windows.
  • Press Shift+Esc, and it will open a task manager of Chome.
  • This will open Chrome’s own Task Manager, which will give you a more accurate look.
  • You can see how much memory each tab and plugins are consuming. Kill the one that is causing the problem.

Chrome Task Manager Memory Usage

This will help you to figure out the problem on the go. You can always switch to another browser if this is getting more often.

Hope this helps!

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