04-30-2015 05:08 AM - edited 04-30-2015 05:09 AM
I don't get it. I never had this problem with my Windows 7 machine (HP ProBook 4540s) After browsing to gmail page, it seems to calm down a little, but still far more HDD use than I'm used to. Editing this comment isn't much better for HDD usage. So confused, and I can't find a pattern. Maybe try again tomorrow. Brain is dead.
Chrome in the past is known to use so much memory so you do the previous steps to get it down a little. From an examination of the task manager in Chrome if one entry indicates a large usage of ram it could mean a malware/spam/virus. So do a thorough scan. Don't rely in one scanner only do a second scan using a different scanner.
If things still is worse uninstall Chrome then reinstall.
04-30-2015 05:28 AM
can i install XP on this thing?
Better use virtual machine and install xp on it. You can use VitualBox, VM, or Hyper-V. This way you won't be bothered with needed drivers which you will not find for your new unit.
04-30-2015 05:30 AM
04-30-2015 07:21 AM
in the meantime, is all this hard drive activity going to burn out my equipment?
Eventually it should stop whatever the system is trying to accomplish. Maybe its defragging or doing some scan.
04-30-2015 07:30 AM