Defrag Woes

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KENNY

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Win 98 - Cyrix 300 - 6 gig hard drive 4 gigs free.
Can't complete defrag....goes to 21 % and then keeps chuggin' away, but nothing happens...(Not a 'start over' problem) First disabled Norton, then finally removed it completely......
I've tried everything I can find in the archives, including dreamboat's " End task everything but exp & systray, delete files found in*.temp,~*.* (only one file) Empty all temp files and internet temps scandisk and defrag.". NG
then tried defrag in safemode...NG Then super-duper scandisk (5 passes set) in DOS mode and then defrag...NG Then hardly anything in startup, no config.sys or autoexec.bat....Still stops at 21% percent and keeps making noise....Then deleted swap file by running defrag.inf, booting to DOS, deleting win386.swp back into windows and defrag....NG At my wits' end help.
Oh...I downloaded winme defrag, but haven't tried to use it yet !
 

TonyKlein

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Hi kenny,

You may have some corrupted files in your C:\WINDOWS\APPLOG folder.
It's a hidden folder, so you have to check 'Show all files' in Folder Options.
Open it, select all, and delete the contents.

If still no joy, try a scandisk in Ms-DOS.

Good luck,
 

KENNY

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Nope...did both of those yesterday...in fact, I followed the Microsoft Product Support instructions to the letter(Delete Applog folder, run disk cleanup, real mode scandisk, changing # of passes to 5 "Scan Time Out --ON ) Bummer !
 

WhitPhil

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If it is still chugging away (disk noise and light), then it is still working.
If you scroll down in the display, you "may" be able to find out where.
In order to defrag, it has to first move files out of the way. If you have huge/large files on the drive, then it "could" be in the process of moving one of these out of the way.
 
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My computer is doing what yours is. It gets to about 11pct and hangs. I really dont want to re format... Ill just read the responses to your post as i posted on 12-9. thanks
bob
 

KENNY

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WhitPhil....Thank you, thank you, thank you. Granny always said I wasn't too bright. Scrolled down and found one little footsoldier pushing all those heavy sectors one at a time...Decided to stop staring at the Braineraser, watched the Miami game instead, and came back to a finished defrag. Guess we have to scroll down and look at the big picture once in a while. KENNY
 
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WhitPhil.
Can you explain what you mean by ( If you scroll down in the display, you "may" be able to find out where. ) You kind of lost me on that one.
Thanks
DUTCH
 

WhitPhil

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When you run defrag, if you click on Show Details you get a graphic picture of your harddrive, and you can watch as defrag moves blocks of clusters around.

When the current screen does not seem to have any activity, if you scroll forward with the scroll bars (and this could be a long way depending on the partition size, although many times the activity is at the end), you will bump into the area where defrag is temporarily depositing files, so that it can free up some contiguous free space, in order to move another (or that one) back into place in an unfragmented state.
 
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