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Disk Defragmenter

by eelnavi / October 23, 2007 7:41 AM PDT

Using Win XP home edition. Right now whenever I boot up, check disk is scanning D drive.

Tried to analyse/defrag D drive and got following message:

"Disk Defragmenter has detected that Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the volume: New Volume (D:). Please run Chkdsk /f."

So I ran chkdsk /f and got:

"The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run bc the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be check the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)"

What am I supposed to do? Thanks.

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re: defrag D drive
by caktus / October 23, 2007 8:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk Defragmenter

What Operating System?

If XP, is the D drive a separate patrition on which a Systen Recovery utility resides? If so, you do not want to drefrag or otherwise alter it's files. Also, if D is a System Recovery there may be a utility file in System Startup to prevent it from being altered.

Charlie

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by eelnavi / October 23, 2007 9:14 AM PDT
In reply to: re: defrag D drive

"Is the D drive a separate patrition on which a Systen Recovery utility resides? If so, you do not want to defrag or otherwise alter it's files."

Yes, it's XP. We partitioned the drives into C and D. In the System Properties window, the System Restore tab shows that drive C and D are being monitored. However, there is an option to turn off System Restore in Settings.

I have not used System Restore in a long, long time. Oops! How often should this be used? Hope that answered your question. I'm assuming System Recovery is the same as System Restore.

Thanks Charlie

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by caktus / October 24, 2007 11:03 AM PDT
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System Restore is supposed to create a System Checkpoint every 24 hours provided the computer happens to be on and that no other processes are running including screen savers. Also it is suppost to create a Restore point prior to major events such as program installations. Note that I said [SUPPOSED] to. But System Restore is not as reliable as it should be. It is a good idea to manually create System Restore points.

System Recovery is different. I assume your copy of XP is a retail version. Meaning it is on a CD and was not pre-installed on the computer when you bought it. Therefore your System Recovery (also refered to as Emergency Recovery Console or System or ERC or ERS) is on the XP CD. With System Recovery you can completely install or reinstall the Operating System which destroys all personal files and programs. Sometimes a better option which is available in System Recevery is a non-destructive System Recovery which simoply replaces system files, but leaves instact your personal files and programs. But even wuth the non-destructive System Recovery things can go wrong, so it is alway a good idea to create backups of important files and programs. Also following any System REcovery you must re-downlad and install anti-virus and anti-spyware definitions.

Often a much better option to replace damaged or missing system files is to run sfc /scannow. Go to Start > Run > type in "sfc /scannow" with out the quotes and click OK. NOTE that ther is a space between sfc and /scannow. You may be prompted to insert the XP CD. This process may take about an hour.

As far as Defrag, Defrag will not run if there is not at least 15% free space in the Hard drive. If ther is not at least 15% free space on the Hard drive you may need to remove some programs, files from the computer.

Follow Edward ODaniel's advice for running Chkdsk. If still Chkdsk will not run, try first running sfc /scannow.

Hope this is helpful.

Charlie

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RE: "What am I supposed to do? Thanks."
by Edward ODaniel / October 24, 2007 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk Defragmenter

You indicated:
So I ran chkdsk /f and got:

"The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run bc the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be check the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)"


All you need to do is select Y if you want checkdisk run next time you reboot or N if you do not want to.

Although you can force things it is really simple to just press the Y key and schedule the disk check for the next boot.

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PS - if you would rather ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 24, 2007 5:07 AM PDT

you could also make use of your installation disk and boot to the recovery console and then run chkdsk /f (that little space before the /f switch is necessary to avoid syntax errors).

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