Stay on top of the latest XP tips and tricks with our free Windows XP newsletter, delivered each Thursday. Automatically sign up today!
If you encounter a hard disk that is extremely fragmented, running the GUI version of Windows XP's Disk Defragmenter can take an excessive amount of time to defragment the disk. Not only does it take time to actually defragment the disk, but there is a lot of overhead involved in managing the operating system and the GUI while simultaneously running Disk Defragmenter.
Fortunately, you can speed up the process by booting the system into the Safe Mode With Command Prompt configuration and then running the command line version of Disk Defragmenter. Follow these steps:
- Restart Windows XP.
- As the system boots up, press [F8] to display the Operating System Choices menu.
- Press [F8] again to display the Windows Advanced Options menu.
- Select the Safe Mode With Command Prompt option.
- Select the Windows XP operating system and log in.
- When the Command Prompt window appears, type Defrag to see a list of options for running the command line version of Disk Defragmenter.
Note: Keep in mind that your command line version doesn't provide any feedback on the operation's progress, so be patient until it completes the operation.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.