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by msb72 / February 24, 2004 1:10 PM PST

Could someone be so kind as to tell me how I can get my computer to defrag. It use to every Thursday night but know it has a hard time getting to 7 percent let alone completing the task. it says " drive content change" I was able to defrag in safe mode but I would rather fix the problem then to do that every week
thanks in advance

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Re:defraging
by Kees Bakker / February 24, 2004 4:48 PM PST
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1. There is some program running in the background (might even be the screen saver) that does something with the disk. You've got the choice between (a) find out which program it is, disable it before defrag, and enable it afterwards, or (b) boot into safe mode so that the program isn't started. It is interesting to start with #a, because it might be some malware you don't even know that is running.

2. No need to defrag every week. Only defrag after creating or extending many files larger than 1 block. The file system is designed to handle non-contiguous files, and does it very well.

Kees

Kees

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Re:defraging. The article.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2004 9:50 PM PST
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Re:defraging
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 25, 2004 1:29 AM PST
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msb,

If your computer would run "defrag" before, and doesn't now...What have you changed? In order to "fix" some of the things you have changed, click on the link below and follow the steps (Parts 1-4) to shut down unnecessary start up programs, which are causing conflicts, and by cleaning up the hard disk.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=2966&messageID=35611

After you've cleaned up the computer using the steps above and you're preparing to run Scandisk and Defrag, make sure to shut down all background programs, especially the antivirus program and firewall, if used, plus your screen saver.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re:defraging
by cotokike / March 6, 2004 1:38 PM PST
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Hello. I have the same problem. How did you solve this? Thanks for your help.

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