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Cannot Defrag

by gpobrien / February 24, 2005 12:44 PM PST

I have read every message and am still stuck.
Everything shut down except system tray and explorer.
Mouse won't work in safe mode so I can't defrag that way.
Everything works except scandisk and defrag, says not enough memory. Acts like something is running but I have shut everything down.
Is there software that forces your pc to defrag.
I had a Trojan Horse and think I have messed up something in the system. Thanks in advance

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Forgot To Say
by gpobrien / February 24, 2005 12:56 PM PST
In reply to: Cannot Defrag

Sorry, forgot to say I run Windows 98, 512mb of ram, 80% free.

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How much free hard drive space?
by glb613 / February 24, 2005 6:37 PM PST
In reply to: Cannot Defrag

Open my computer and right click on the hard drive. Report back the percentage of free space.

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Something to study ...
by Kees Bakker / February 24, 2005 7:57 PM PST
In reply to: Cannot Defrag is the MSKB list of articles on defrag in Windows 98. Could it be that 229154 is applicable? It's about large disks and small cluster sizes. Tell yours if you answer about the percentage of free disk space. Use chkdsk to find out about the cluster size.

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GP, This Should Help
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 25, 2005 2:54 AM PST
In reply to: Cannot Defrag

...the instructions in the links below should help:

First, try using the instructions in this link:

What Do I Do When Scandisk and Defrag Won't Run In Win9.x/ME

If that still doesn't get it, then use ALL of the procedures in BOTH links below, then try the procedures from the first link again:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

One more important point...If you don't have one now, I suggest purchasing a PS2 mouse for emergencies. "Safe Mode" is an important troubleshooting tool and if you're using a mouse that won't allow you to get into "Safe Mode" correctly, you need to get one.

Hope this helps.


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