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Fragmented File

I have WinXP Pro SP2 and use Diskeeper 9.0 to defrag. Recently, I've developed a single fragmented file that just isn't going anywhere, and it's huge (~4-5gb). I'm tempted to reformat, but it would be very inconvenient and it's only been a few months since my last reformat. Does anyone know how I would be able to figure out what the file is so that I can get rid of it?

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Windows search...

In reply to: Fragmented File

Not many files are that large...I'm willing to bet it's the only non-video file (video files shouldn't have a defrag problem, so you should be able to rule them out) on your hard drive that's that size. Just go run->search->all files and folders->what size is it?->"specify size (in KB)" and type in 4,000,000. (Make sure that you have enabled the viewing of "hidden" files first by going tools->folder options->view->show hidden files and folders.)

Unfortunately, this is the only method I know of, and it's not very exact. (If you have multiple files that size, you won't be able to pinpoint the right one.) Perhaps someone knows of a program designed for this?

Hope this helps,

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Finding fragmented file

In reply to: Windows search...

John is on the right track. But if you have more than one such large file, DiskView should let you find which file is the problem. Besides displaying your entire disk structure in various ways, it can show the degree of fragmentation of individual files. This utility is available on CNET's own download site

It is free to download for trial (30 days I think), $49 to purchase.

Hope this may help.


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