High Disk Usage



  • I already filed a bug report versions ago but the problem still exists and it's so annoying. Vivaldi causes high disk IO in my PC. I do some clicks surf around and the HDD indicates always activity. I analysed it using Process Monitor and Process Explorer. According to Process Monitor, Vivaldi is writing huge data to "C:\Users<username>\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\User Data\Default\JumpListIcons". I think as a side effect it takes very long (about 30s) to open a file open or save dialog (for downloads or uploads). Also on a download, if I just press Save it takes very long till the downloads starts. And always the HDD is on high usage while this is happening. Am I the only one who encounters this problem? Attachments: [img]https://forum.vivaldi.net/uploads/attachments/13084/vivaldi.png[/img]</username>



  • poncho - I just checked Resource Monitor, Process Monitor and my disk usage is nothing like yours.

    What version of Vivaldi snapshot are you using, what is your operating system and how much ram do you have installed? If you don't have a lot of ram available, then all of the excess needs of Vivaldi or any program for that matter will be forced to write much more often to the hard drive. I would guess that your machine is using the hd because it does not have enough memory.

    For years I have a monitor open in a side bar and I just haven't experienced anything like that. I constantly keep an eye on the CPU, Memory, Disk and Network Speed.



  • I have 8 GB RAM. I know what you mean but this would not cause Vivaldi itself to cause HDD usage. Windows would write memory to the pagefile. It also happens everytime. I can start nothing but Vivaldi and it still happens. With 8 GB RAM, this should'nt be a problem.

    I always use the latest snapshot (currently 1.0.167.2) but I noticed this with a much earlier snapshot.

    Does someone know, what the JumpListIcons folder is for?

    My System:

    • Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 with Intel Core i3-4xxx, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD
    • Windows 7 Professionel SP1 x64, currently Vivaldi 1.0.167.2


  • I have also seen high disk usage on my machine with pretty much all vivaldi builds, I kinda have been hoping when the performance updates come out that it will fix it. vivaldi on my machine at times will use 100% disk usage with just web browsing.



  • I analyzed Vivaldis disk accesses. Most accesses seems to be in "Top Sites" file and "JumpListIcons" directory. So I removed any access rights from these elements for anyone (using NTFS permissions).

    The result is that the HDD is much less used. So far I didn't notice any wrong behavior or side effects.



  • Also, Top Sites grows very quickly to rather insane sizes. I have deleted the file yesterday morning, then browsed a modest selection of websites. Today my "Top Sites" file is 40 MB. A small matter, maybe, but 40 MB a day does make my daily backups grow rather quickly. At the moment I resorted to deleting the file before each backup, but perhaps it would be worthwhile checking whether the file really needs to be used so much.



  • I believe the Top Sites file is a Chrome thing for bookmarking and recording "last visited" info etc. and is used by Vivaldi for the speed dial.

    I agree that it seems ridiculously large and has a ridiculous amount of updating though - it's what makes running Vivaldi from a USB key next to impossible without using tricks like I describe here.



  • @poncho:

    I analyzed Vivaldis disk accesses. Most accesses seems to be in "Top Sites" file and "JumpListIcons" directory. So I removed any access rights from these elements for anyone (using NTFS permissions).

    The result is that the HDD is much less used. So far I didn't notice any wrong behavior or side effects.

    thanks for that tip , thumbnails on speedial dont stick but i can live with that



  • Same problem here, with either the latest beta or preview (beta version 1.0.303.52 (Beta) (32-bit)), but it only happens in one of my computers, not all of them.
    Really annoying, and slows the whole system down.



  • Thanks for this. Deleted the file, replaced it with a read-only blank file, and Vivaldi is actually usable again and is no longer dragging down my entire system.



  • Has there already been implemented a less 'intrusive' solution in recent releases?
    Don't have an appropriate tool installed right now, but don't want to see my HDD dying from trashing either (even less)… ;)



  • @netwolf:

    Has there already been implemented a less 'intrusive' solution in recent releases?

    I think - better: thought - so, yes. But the old behavioral pattern ("don't do this, son!") seems to be back.

    someone



  • Thank you, someone!
    So if I understand correctly, the file/folder ins't really useful or needed, and replacing it with a write protected dummy (or revoking access rights) really does your HDD a favor, right?

    Shouldn't this issue have some kind of - well - priority as it actually threatens hardware lifetime?



  • @netwolf:

    So if I understand correctly, the file/folder ins't really useful or needed, and replacing it with a write protected dummy (or revoking access rights) really does your HDD a favor, right?

    I haven't analyzed that in detail, it simply isn't the biggest annoyance to me. As for the necessity: at least, after deleting it all the Speed Dial thumbs are gone. As a workaround, I delete it every other week and afterwards hit <ctrl>+ <r>with the Speed Dial open.

    @netwolf:

    …l - priority as it actually threatens hardware lifetime?

    I don't know how Vivaldi prioritizes the known "issues". At least I decided that I don't care for that specific issue (across their entire capacity SSDs are much more robust than claimed …).

    Nevertheless, you can add it to the bug tracker. I think it is an "issue" which perhaps has returned with the latest update of the chromium core.

    someone</r></ctrl>



  • As the situation seems to be kind of unclear, I started up resources manager and per.manager to see for myself,
    and noticed that it's not as bad as expected, but there's still way more activity than seems necessary.

    So even with only one (static) site, there's almost constant HDD activity, which doesn't seem to be neccessary.

    Now I'm relaxed that I don't have to be fear about my HDD dying soon, but there's certainly room for improvements (which will certainly happen in the future ;) ).



  • I have to confirm extremely disk usage by the build 1.0.403.24 (Beta 3) (64bit)

    Around 4 hours common usege and browser reads from disk cca 80GB. There is nearly constant flow to files "Top Sites" and "Top Sites-journal". Similar situation was also with previous build (i don't remember exact version).

    Is there any way to blok this feature or disable stats of pages?


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