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Can not defrag my computer

By Keira ·
I have a PIII 850MHz computer with 1534MB of memory and 2- 45 gig hard drives and I'm running windows 98SE. Every time I try to run a defrag on my computer it starts then stiops and says to colse some programs because ther isn't enough memory - the only things I have left open after contol-alt-deleting is the systray & explorer. How can I fix this so I can defrag? Thank you.

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Can not defrag my computer

by MSteffan In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

Boot the computer into Safe Mode (Restart the machine and hold down the F8 Key - it will desplay a window - choose safe mode -- if the Win98 Screen appears before you get the menu, you missed it - restart again). When Windows loads, turn off the screen saver as well as any power saving features. Then run the scan. If you are on a Network connection of any kind, unplug the Ethernet cable too just to be sure.

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by Keira In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

I tried this and it still tells me I don't have enough memory - to colose some programs, I checked my memory and it shows 1022MB of RAM when I check my sytem properties. I am not on a network.

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Can not defrag my computer

by MSteffan In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

Boot the computer into Safe Mode (Restart the machine and hold down the F8 Key - it will desplay a window - choose safe mode -- if the Win98 Screen appears before you get the menu, you missed it - restart again). When Windows loads, turn off the screen saver as well as any power saving features. Then run the scan. If you are on a Network connection of any kind, unplug the Ethernet cable too just to be sure.

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by Keira In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

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Can not defrag my computer

by NetTek In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

If you used a third-party disk utility to partition the hard drives, and the cluster size is set smaller than the windows default, you will be unable to use the defrag utility that came with windows.

Defrag.exe in Windows will only defrag partitions with the following cluster sizes:
Less than 8Gb = cluster size of 4 kilobytes
8 - 16 Gb = cluster of not less than 8 kilobytes
Greater than 16 GB = cluster size of not less than 16 kilobytes

If the cluster size of your partitions is smallerthan the windows default, you will need to go the the manufacturer of the partioning utility you used in order to get a defrag utility that will work.

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Can not defrag my computer

by Keira In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

I did not use any third-party disk utility to partition the hard drives.

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Can not defrag my computer

by mikehoke In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

I have had the same problem and the only way I could get it to work is to reboot the pc. When it comes up go to the task manager and end every task except the EXPLORER and SYSTRAY programs and then run defrag. I have to do this everytime I want to defrag and it works everytime.

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by Keira In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

I have already tried this and made sure my screensaver and everything else of off and it still tells me that I don't have enough memory to defrag.

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by Keira In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

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Can not defrag my computer

by Marence In reply to Can not defrag my compute ...

Rt-click on My Computer, go to Properties, then check the Performance tab. After closing everything but systray and explorer, you should be running at over 90%. Also, you indicate you have LOTS of memory - does it all show up on the Properties page of My Computer? These 2 things should point at any potential memory issue.
You can always try booting to DOS and running defrag there - not nearly as pretty, but somewhat quicker (45 gig hard drives will take a LONG time to defrag if they're messy).

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