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DEFRAG .... keeps restarting. Why?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by BigDaveinNJ, Oct 6, 2003.

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  1. BigDaveinNJ

    BigDaveinNJ Thread Starter

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    When I normally use DEFRAG.... I always shutdown everything, from screensavers to just about everything that I can.

    Well, today, I did the same thing..... although DEFRAG will start, go for about 3 minutes and I will see it say DRIVES CONTENTS CHANGED.. RESTARTING.

    Any ideas why this is happening? I am doing everything exactly the same and this has NEVER happened in almost 4 years on this computer.

    Thanks in advance :)

    DAVID
     
  2. Wet Chicken

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    It's always best to run scandisk/defrag in safe mode where nothing can interfere with it ;)
     
  3. starwaves77

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    Hi Dave,
    Even though "your" doing the same thing, the computer is different. Think of all the programs you may have installed, that may now be "auto starting" at boot, they will interrupt Defrag's process, if you were to let it just keep running though, it will catch up in between the interference and eventually finish, not an optimum choice.

    Check this site out, it explains the most efficient procedure for Defrag, of course they want you to buy their Defragger, but the info is good.
    Defrag FAQ

    Take note of the suggestion to disable your "swap file" too..

    :)
     
  4. witty

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    Hope this is helpful .......don't use MS defrag (its useless) get a coopy of Diskkeeper either lite which is free or spend a little and get the full version. It's the best defrag software out there.

    witty
     
  5. Wet Chicken

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    Yes Diskeeper is good. The only thing that I don't like about it is that you can't set it to scan more than on drive. You have to manually start them over and over again, each drive one at a time and if you have a lot of partitions this is a big hassle. Other than that it is much faster and does a deep scan than the standard defrag.

    Dave you can check your start up folder to see what programs are starting up when you first boot. It's safe to remove any of these because they are just shortcuts to the program.
     
  6. flavallee

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    Witty:

    I disagree. The built-in Windows defrag program works just fine. What I do recommend, if you have 95 or 98, is to install the ME version to replace it. It looks identical to the 95/98 version, but it runs faster. (y)

    BigDave:

    Read my article on hard drive maintenance.


    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
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    flavallee,

    Defrags come down to personal experience. If I hadn't recommended Diskkeeper, it would have been PowerDefrag. I'm not a 'lover' of some inbuilt MS software.

    I've never used ME, just 95, 98/98se, NT, W2K and XP as well as linux. I'll read your article. We can always learn new things. :)

    regards
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  8. skyman

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    We all love what works for us and I have Norton Systems Works and "speed disk" is far better than MS defrag and Diskeeper.
     
  9. Wet Chicken

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    I guess this all depends on the computer, because I also have all three defrags and MS is the slowest, then comes the so called "speed disk" which is better than MS, but still not as fast or as good as Diskeeper. It should also be mentioned that there are three active versions of Diskeeper, and one might work better than the other ;)
     
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    I agree. It all comes down to personal experience. There's no one correct defrag program for everyone. I just prefer the ME version of defrag over the 98 version.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
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