So, my laptop is an HP 17z that I bought in January of 2017. 8G memory, 1 TB HD, AMD graphics, running Windows 10. Essentially the same build as this one, but no Touch:http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-laptop-17z-best-value-touch-optional-2yn36av-1
So my problem is that I noticed my computer started running a bit slow recently, so got to looking into things. The last week it's been essentially inoperable, as my Task Manager is displaying 100% Disk usage even when no programs are open and the computer is idle. Booting up takes nearly 20 minutes.
I've scoured the web and tried all sorts of methods. I've run my antivirus several times, nothing there (offline Scan through Windows Defender, since everything else is so slow). I've disabled all start up applications, I've started in Safe Mode, I've disabled Windows Search and Cortana (reported elsewhere to cause bottlenecks) but nothing has worked.
Has anyone encountered this problem before? Did you solve it? What did you have to do? I'm very near throwing my hands up and taking it to a tech shop where I'm sure they will tell me the HDD failed and make me replace it. I don't think that's the case though.
Penwize has cowardly forfeited the challenge to mortal combat issued by Atalkez.