Disk usage spikes during new sounds

Teapunk

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Hello, I'm having a weird problem with my WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 drive (D: in the specs). When I'm playing video games, there's a microlag before every new sound and disk usage spikes to 100% for a second.
This mostly happens with point'n'clicks and RPGs in which every dialogue line is a sound that wasn't played before. If I play something that has the same sound consistently, it doesn't happen as much.
This is 100% a disk issue, because it doesn't happen when I move the same game to the SSD drive (that's why I only have 5GBs left there).
Any ideas? Everything is updated, defragmented, the drive is healthy according to every single analysis done.
Specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.9
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 19043, Installed 20210321151121.000000+060
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300HQ CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 16 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Hard Drives: C: 222 GB (5 GB Free); D: 931 GB (306 GB Free);
Motherboard: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-16J5, ver REV:0.A, s/n BSS-0123456789
System: American Megatrends Inc., ver MSI_NB - 1072009, s/n 9S716J5621296ZG7000099
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 

Teapunk

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First and foremost I would address this problem. Generally when you have <10% free space you have problems. You have about 2% free.
Yeah, that's a "fresh development", so to speak. I've filled it up just yesterday (new Game Pass subscription) and the problem I described has been persisting for months but I finally gave up on trying to look for an answer myself.
Edit: I now have over 10% free space on C: and the problem persists.
 
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crjdriver

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Edit: I now have over 10% free space on C: and the problem persists.
Rerun the utility and post the output. Do you have two physical drives OR do you have a single drive partitioned into multiple logical drives?
 

Teapunk

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Rerun the utility and post the output. Do you have two physical drives OR do you have a single drive partitioned into multiple logical drives?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.9
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 19043, Installed 20210321151121.000000+060
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300HQ CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 16 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Hard Drives: C: 222 GB (23 GB Free); D: 931 GB (396 GB Free);
Motherboard: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-16J5, ver REV:0.A, s/n BSS-0123456789
System: American Megatrends Inc., ver MSI_NB - 1072009, s/n 9S716J5621296ZG7000099
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled


Two different physical drives. C: is an SSD, D: is an HDD.
 

crjdriver

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Have you run the mfg's diagnostic on the drive? If not, do so. You download this from whomever mfg the drive ie WD, Seagate, whatever. Run both the long and short tests on the drive.
Since this is a laptop, what are your temps under a load?
 

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I think you already have your answer; run the games from the ssd. A spin drive in a laptop is usually pretty slow ie 5400rpm or even slower. Either install the games on the ssd OR replace your spin drive with a ssd. I assume the drive passes all tests. If it does not, you can try replacing the spin drive however a mech drive is never going to be as fast as a ssd.
 
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Teapunk

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I think you already have your answer; run the games from the ssd. A spin drive in a laptop is usually pretty slow ie 5400rpm or even slower. Either install the games on the ssd OR replace your spin drive with a ssd. I assume the drive passes all tests. If it does not, you can try replacing the spin drive however a mech drive is never going to be as fast as a ssd.
That's what I'm doing right now and thought there might be another solution as it didn't behave in such a way in the past. I'll probably be switching to a new PC soon so there's that.
 

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