Will try to help.
Fuse ? sftp ?
Or just a mounted ntfs partition and dumping files there.
Either way reading / writing and using 1 core / 1 cpu of 2 is not normal unless it is doing maintanace on the drive or something but the cpu is much faster than hd so either something else is using it up or something is wrong with ? fuse ? or the ntfs partition writing access.
Only if compiling does your cpu really get used. Is the hd having bad sectors or is it damaged , is fsck doing repairs or is the cable bad connecting the hd ?
Only disk repairs can try to use up cpu cycles or virus scanning slows my windows partition down as I get into windows.
Improving hd performance little bit:
I have read in gentoo forums about in fstab you add a option to the hd commit=60 and for 60 sec's the hd transfers is highest priority and this improves performance etc but will still use max 60% if even close to 60% at all.
p2p and file trasnfers will torture the hd not the cpu and if the p2p software uses up the whole cpu the settings is wrong either in p2p or linux disk management ??
I used it on my swap and root just to test it.
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/dev/sda3 / ext3 defaults,user_xattr,commit=60,noatime 1 1
/dev/sda2 /boot ext3 defaults,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/sda4 swap swap defaults,commit=60,noatime 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
Hope some of this gets you to the error / fix.