defragment problem

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I am a newcomer to computers so hope you can help with this problem for me. Am trying to defrag. the C drive but the chart seems to stick at 5% completed. What causes this? It just seems to repeat over and over.
 
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You've got a program running in the background that is writing to the disk, when it does, defrag has to restart. Lots of programs do this, you can see running processes by hitting control+alt+delete once, you can shut down programs one at a time until you find the one that is writing to disk (you need explorer and systray) or you can boot into safe mode (hit F8 during boot) and run scandisk/defrag from there
 

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I am really impressed...immediate response to my problem. thanks so much swwelsh, it worked like a charm. The defragmenting just moved right along after following your suggestion. Thanks again.
 
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