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What does disksnapshot.exe do? and what is it?

Some users have experienced a command prompt style Window appearing when they are away from the computer for a while, when they move the mouse the Window instantly disappears. What is it? and what does it do has been asked several times. In this article we will discuss what it does, and why it does it.


icon-eye  This program does not affect your privacy. It does not collect any private information about you

icon-heart  This program is friendly and does not harm your computer. There is no reason to delete it. Deleting it could cause system problems

icon-info-circle  The program is part of the Microsoft Windows Operating System.

icon-location-arrow  The program is located in the \WINDOWS\system32 folder with the name disksnapshot.exe

Main function: Taking a snapshot of your hard disk and checking the health of the disk.

What does disksnapshot.exe do? and what is it?

DiskSnapShot appears to scan the hard disk of the computer to determine it’s health. It only does this when the computer is idle and stops immediately once the user starts to use the computer again. The program did not collect any information when we where testing and monitoring the application.

We suggest you do not remove DiskSnapShot from your system, if you question it’s authenticity then please run a malware scan on your system, or ask for personal help. Do not remove this file unless instructed by someone you trust. The file should always be in the \WINDOWS\system32 folder and nowhere else.

You can disable this task by going into Task Manager then Microsoft, Windows, and disable DiskFootPrint

If you have more information about this file then please feel free to share it with us.


  • Chad November 10, 2015

    I noticed network traffic associated with this program and very quickly blacklisted it, Microsoft shouldn’t be uploading anything in regards to a program like this.

    • Yuri Pustjens November 10, 2015

      Thanks for letting us know! We will add it in the article

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