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28-Nov-2010, 12:44 AM #1
Solved: Computer has been defragging for 7 hours and it is still not done?
Dell inspiron 1721 has been defragging for 7 hours and still not done. Not sure if its ever been completlely defragged before. The computer has been getting really sluggish lately and I thought it might take an hour or so to defrag, but that was 7 hours ago.

If I cancel it and start defragging again tomorrow, will it continue where I stop it? Or, should I just let it keep going overnight?
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28-Nov-2010, 07:33 AM #2
Defrag that takes 7 hours means that you either have a very large hard drive or theres something bugged with the service of defrag, i wouldn't recommend running it over night because it might get a critical error and you might lose data, my suggestion is reinstall the system
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28-Nov-2010, 07:36 AM #3
System reinstall is a big step at this stage. Let's see if other suggestions are offered before taking that step please.
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28-Nov-2010, 07:45 AM #4
if you have an antivirus running or other programs can stop the defrag and so it starts again - quite a common issue
i would try the defrag while in safe mode
as the PC starts keep tapping F8 a menu will appear
choose "safemode"
When you setup the defrag - did the PC say it needed to be defrag ....??

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it may not be due to defrag, I have a Sony with 500GB harddrive and have not yet defrag, and that is used every day with data copied from, deleted and copied to most days

it may simply be the number of startups you have running or even a virus or malware

how much memory on the machine ?
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28-Nov-2010, 02:55 PM #5
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Dell inspiron 1721

The computer has been getting really sluggish lately
What's the 7-character service tag number on the sticker?

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How many entries are checked in Start - Run - MSCONFIG - OK - Startup(tab)?

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28-Nov-2010, 11:03 PM #6
It took 9 hours but finally finished defragmenting. The computer for the past 2 years has been in hibernation mode (when not in use) and so I'm pretty the automatic defragging setting wasn't able to run ever. After this thing finally finished last night, I restarted the computer and then defragged again and it only took 3 minutes to complete. So, I'm planning to just routinely defrag from now on every month or so manually.

Etaf: I also think the Norton antivirus might have been interfering too, so for future defragmentation I"ll be using safe mode as you suggest.

Thanks for all the advice.
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29-Nov-2010, 06:57 AM #7
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