Defragmenter won't defragment fragmented files

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Oct 8, 2005

I have defragmented at least 20 times and these small red files will not defragment.

Is there anything I can do?
Apr 7, 2000
Here are a few things to try.

Clear the PageFile at System Shutdown (Windows NT/2000/XP)
Windows does not normally clear or recreate the page file. On a heavily used system this can be both a security threat and performance drop. Enabling this setting will cause Windows to clear the page file whenever the system is shutdown. Also avoids fragmentation of the pagefile.
XP Pro & Home
To change from FAT 32 to NTFS file system for more stability, security and less fragmentation, open the command prompt and type: "Convert C: /FS:NTFS", "C" being the drive you wish to convert. Make sure there is a space between the C: and the foward slash (/). Once you press enter it will ask you for confirmation and press Y. Then press Y and enter once more to reboot.. This also works for windows XP Home.

23 Ways To Speed WinXP Without Defrag

Enable or disable boot defrag tweaks.htm
A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.
Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to our FAQ on how to get started.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimiz eFunction
Select Enable from the list on the right.
Right on it and select Modify.
Change the value to Y to enable and N to disable.
Reboot your computer.

Delete Hiberfil.sys in Windows XP before defragmenting

5) Defrag "Tricks"
Sysinternals' free PageDefrag > Win2K/XP
Sysinternals' free Contig

Power Defragmenter
Power Defragmenter is based on Sysinternals defragmentation "engine".
Basically its just a very advanced GUI for the Sysinternals core application which takes defragmentation process to a whole new level. Very high defragmentation speed, efficiency and ease of use.
Such high speed is only available with Sysinternals defragmentation "engine".
Thanks again to Sysinternals Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell.
Version 1.8 and later features new PowerMode which provides even higher defragmentation rate.
Power Defragmenter is a stand-alone application (extract&use) which works only in Windows 2000/XP

DefragNT presents the user with many options for disk defragmenting (including various file sorting criterias) and many informations about the opened partition. It is a visual-rich tool which will even allow you moving a specific portion of a specific file to a specific location.
Note: Only OSes built on the NT kernel newer than 3.5 are supported. FAT partition support for Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP and newer. NTFS partitions supported only beginning with Windows XP.


This is what I use.

Freeware Defragmentation Programs for Windows NT4, NT2000 and XP. Both programs support the FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems.
Defragment HD with several passages of DIRMS and then put BUZZSAW in the Startup , which defragments HD continuosly, on the fly!!
DIRMS defragments ALL files.
BUZZSAW defragments only files been modified after DIRMS..

I use dirms zip ( not dirms1220 )
I use it this way, dirms is installed in Unzipped on D partition. Substitute D for your drive letter & Unzipped for the folder where you installed dirms.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt ( type in > D: & hit Enter )
Copy the 1st line below & paste into the Command Prompt window & press Enter.
Wait for defrag to finish & repeat for the next drive letter.
When all drive letters are done, type > exit & press Enter.

Now open the folder in Explorer where you installed Dirms & right click on Buzzsaw.exe & click on Create Shortcut. Now drag that shortcut to your Startup folder.

Example, because I have my operating system on it's own partition, it is here.
Explorer > Local Disk (D:) > Documents and Settings > John > Start Menu > Programs > Startup.

Now, after a reboot, Buzzsaw will appear ( after about 60 seconds ) on the bar, where the time is displayed.
From now on, defraging will occur automatically.


Gone but never forgotten
Jun 24, 2004
Here are instructions for going into and out of Safe Mode, except for the graphic that is mentioned. {redoak}

We recommend that you use the System Configuration Utility to get into Safe mode, however, the F8 key can also be used.

You must log on to Windows XP using an Administrator account to use the System Configuration Utility.

To use the System Configuration Utility to start Windows XP in Safe mode

1. Close all open programs.
2. Click Start > Run.
3. As shown in this illustration, in the Run dialog box, type msconfig and then click OK.

4. In the System Configuration Utility, on the BOOT.INI tab, check /SAFEBOOT.

5. Click OK.
6. When you are asked to restart the computer, click Restart.

The computer restarts in Safe mode. (This can take several minutes.) When you are finished working in Safe mode, use the System Configuration Utility to start Windows XP in normal mode.

To use the System Configuration Utility to start Windows XP in normal mode

1. Finish what you need to do in Safe mode.
2. In the section "To use the System Configuration Utility to start Windows XP" above, repeat steps 1-7, but in step 4, uncheck /SAFEBOOT.
3. Close all programs, and restart the computer.
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