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Drive defrag not working and comp. very slow

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Scampbell, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. Scampbell

    Scampbell Thread Starter

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    Help!!

    I am a relative novice with a Compaq Presario that I desperately need to survive another few months. It is running slow and I tried to defrag "C"
    and all it does is go from 0 % to 1 % and back again. I dont know if I am requiring to much of this antique or if I have a problem. Also, I dont seem to be able to save info of any type to my "D" drive (CD) I have additional "issues" but dont want to bore someone to death right away.

    Any help is apprectiated.
     
  2. jwbirdsong

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    Opinions about defrag are as varied as the people who post them, but here is one of my favs for getting a slow/nonworking machine to defrag &/or scandisk ---->G.Terhune Cleanboot

    By the way welcome to the forum and don't hesitate to start a new thread with whatever various problem you are having
     
  3. polak

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    I am assuming that you are using the defragger that came with your Operating System. If it's an older OS you might consider first clearing all temp. files as suggested in the post above, then run Scan Disk, then consider downloading and installing Diskeeper Lite which is considered a very good and quicker defragger than the one that comes with Windows.

    If the hard drive is heavily fragmented, the first defragmentation with Diskeeper may take a while. After a couple of defragmentations, Diskeeper will generally do a complete defrag in less than 5 minutes.

    The other assumption I am making is that you have already run virus scans and scans with AD-Aware and Spybot to rid any unwanted items on your computer. If not, and you have picked up spyware or virii, your computer slowness could be related to those infections.

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1207
     
  4. MSM Hobbes

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    First, quite the good ref to the CleanBoot page in the above post. (y)

    A couple months ago, I ran into problems when trying to defrag and also perform scandisk. Long story short: went to msconfig from start, declicked everything but the absolute required items, and was then finally able to perform a defrag. It seems that what was happening in my case is that while the machine was trying to defrag, etc., background applications where interferring, causing the defrag program to bind-up, and then restart itself... it would only go so far, and then burp. Frustrating... :(

    Sites that may be helpful: :cool:
    http://www.computerhope.com/ac.htm
    http://www.pcdon.com/page82.html
    http://windows-help.net/windows98/troub-29.htm
     
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