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Scandisk and Defragment

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by theMusicMan, Dec 7, 2001.

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  1. theMusicMan

    theMusicMan Thread Starter

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    Hello!

    Can anyone please offer me some advice as to why I am not able to carry out a scandisk and then defragment operation on my system.

    I am running Windows Me. I have closed down my Mcafee Antivirus application, as well as all the other taks bar applications. I have even used ctrl-alt-del to look at what other applications are running - and have shut several of them down.

    I get scandisc running 10 times then telling me that a program is writing to the disc - do I want to continue to receive this message? Or, I get defrag running to about 1 or 2 percent, then restarting again 0 over and over again.

    Any offers .......? ta in advance.

    regards

    John
     
  2. SavvyLady

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    You need to close everything except explorer...then right click on an empty spot on your desktop....& go to properties... then to screen saver & change it to none so that it does not run while scanning


    Savvy :)

    that should do it. post back & let us know
     
  3. theMusicMan

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    Hey Presto!

    Thanks for the advice Savvy - I shut everything down except explorer, didn't have a screen saver, ran scandisc then defrag and guess what - the darned thing worked.

    Ta for the quick reply as well - much appreciated!

    Happy helping!

    John
     
  4. SavvyLady

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    You're very welcome John



    Savvy :)
     
  5. alanradford8

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    Thank you Savvy Lady
     
  6. omyn

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    Hi John:

    A very easy way to make sure nothing is running in the background is to run them in -safe mode-.

    When you first turn on your computer, start tapping the F8 key, do this right away after start up.

    Chose #3 -safe mode, you will see "safe mode" in the four corners.

    Then run scan disk first and then defrag, the regular way, from system tools.

    I also have windows ME and it works first time every time.

    Hope this helps.....Gene
     
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