[Resolved] Defrag & Scandisk problems

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Jo Sarjana

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Hi there, I am a firstimer .... and having problems with disk cleanup and defrag. Have read thru the FAQ's and made sure all programs were closed prior to using wizard or individually defrag or disk cleanup. Both give me grief. Problems with scandisk are that it returns to "Checking Folders" or "File Allocation Tables".

The problem using Defrag are: Does 1% then back to 0%, 2% to 4% then back to 0% - the most I get up to is 10%. Also, another msg is "Driver contents changed: restarting".

I have only recently been having these problems - prior to about 2 weeks ago all was ok. Could it be that at that time I set the Wizard to automatically do a cleanup each week?????

Looking forward to some help here. Your site is wonderful.
Cheers
Jo
 
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Sounds like youhave something running in the background interfering...

hold down Alt & Ctrl &Del at the same time.... highlight & "end task" on everything except Explorer. Than scan & defrag after empying your cache.

also... Sounds like you need to run a virus scan... i recommend housecall online free scan.. here to do so!

for a free virus scanner you can add to your system..if you need one... go get AVG. Click here to download AVG

and to protect yourself from hackers etc... Get Zone Alarm
Click here the free version is fine


then there is spyware ... go get ***Ad-Aware***
Click here to download it


this should get you in pretty good shape

Savvy :)
 
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Jo Sarjana
Welcome to TSG!
If problems still persist you may have some items starting from your startup group and running in background that are not stopped by Crtl,Alt,Del.
Sometimes the best way to run Scandisk or Defrag is to do it in Safe Mode.
When you restart your system keep tapping the F8 key until a selection screen appears. Arrow down to safe mode and hit enter.
When in Safe Mode only Basic windows is loaded and not any other startup items.
Try running the ScanDisck and Defrag from there.
Let us know how it goes.
Dave
 

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Hiya

also, if you're running a screensaver, you may want to turn it off. This can cause conflicts.

eddie
 

Jo Sarjana

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:mad: Hello again, and thankyou all for your help.

However, dear Savvylady - your help did not work. I alt/ctrl/del all except Explorer, ran defrag and scndsk - still wont work.

Dear Davey7549 - Thanks also, but I ran in safe mode and when I ran defrag etc the fault msg read: Defrag: This program has performed an illegal operation (sound familiar?) .... if the prob persists ...... arrrrgggg!!!

Also, I could not Ctrl/Alt/Del or shut down from here. Screen froze. Had to manually switch off. Then magically, Scandisk ran and performed error check on c:drive - and told me it was 100% ok.

eddie5659 - thanks too - but I do not run any screensavers. So it has me stumped for now. I will continue to read any new posts on the matter and hopefully glean some insightful tips.

I have done a Norton virus check - nothing detected (thankfully protected from W32goner two days ago)..

thanks
Jo
 
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Hey, I'm a first timer here too! Just a quick suggestion to you, I've had this problem myself... I have a web cam, that doesn't seem to "show" that it's running in the background, but it DOES!! So, as soon as I uplugged it, miraculously both scan and defrag ran perfectly!! I'm no computer "wiz" by any means, but it was kinda a trial and error thing, and that's what was causing my problem. It was doing EXACTLY what you're describing!

Good Luck!!
 
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Thank you for the info and the help!:D
Also........Welcome to TSG!
Dave
 

Jo Sarjana

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Hello everybody who has sent me their help

As mentioned in yesterday's msg, I tried all that was suggested. Still only got up to 10% when trying to defrag. I was thinking about what WhitPhil mentioned about what the PC has to do while performing a defrag. It has to MOVE things out of the way and sometimes these files can be BIG. As WhitPhil says, some of this takes time and defrag could actually be doing its job after all.

So what did I do? I ran defrag last thing at night, locked my office door and got on with my life. Here I am this morning and I have successfully completed a 100% defrag. So for anyone having these problems - just try doing everything that was suggested to me, run defrag and go out for lunch!

Many (many) thanks to you all!
Cheers Jo
 
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Hey great now run it once a week and it will not take so long.

Also run it after any install or uninstall.
 

Jo Sarjana

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Hi Hewee

I'll be regularly doing a defrag from now on and after a couple of weeks will let you know speed and hassles (if any) etc.

Cheers for now
Jo :p
 
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Jo Sarjana,

Great to hear. Also never forget windows may say your only 1% frag but it's talking about the whole drive. You could have files that are 50% frag so.
I have Norton Speed Disk to defrag and I can get a report to see just what files are fragmented.

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