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Defragment Error

By dpowell56 ·
I am constantly getting an error that defragmenting could not be completed. How can I fix this problem. It also tell me to view results, but there is never anything there but figures on files and allocations.

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need more info

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Defragment Error

Can't help if we can't see the screen. You'll have to tell us what kind of computer (make/model, etc), what operating system you're running and what the error says.

Chances are though, that if this is a laptop, defragmentation is being interupted by screensaver/power settings. Have you tried doing defrag in safe mode?

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Depends on how much Free Space you have left...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Defragment Error

In general, the rule of thimb is that you should retain 10% of your hard drive as free space.

This figure is the subject of much argument mainly due to the gigantic sizes of current hard drives.

However, when you run a defragmentation program the biggest fragmented file needs to have 'somewhere' to go in pieces that can then be joined together again. If your biggest fragmented file does not fit into your remaining free space, it will cause the error you have reported here.

How much free space do you have on your hard drive?
What size is the hard drive capacity?

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Additional information as requested

by dpowell56 In reply to Defragment Error

Dell Dimension Dim 4500, Windows XP - Home Edition, 1GB RAM, 38 GB Hard Drive, 20.8 GB (55%) Free Space, File System: NTFS.
Error: Defragmentation is complete for (C). Some files on this volumn could not be defragmented. Please check the defragmentation report for the list of these files.
Report:
Cluster size: 4 KB, Volume fragmentation: Total fragmentation: 3%, File Fragmentation: 6%, Free Space Fragmentation: 0%, File fragmentation: Total files: 83.538, Average file size: 363 KB, Total fragmentated files: 3,
Total excess fragments: 199, Average fragments per file: 1.00, Pagefile fragmentation: Pagefile size: 1.13 GB, Total fragments: 1, Folder fragmentaion: Total folders: 8.395, Fragmented folders: 1, Excess folder fragments: 0, Master File Table fragmentation: Total MFT size: 117 MB, MFT record count: 92.770,
Percent MFT in use: 77%,
Total MFT fragments: 3. As for trying in the safe mode, I do not know how to do that. I have McAfee Firewall & Virus Protection. I tried again this morning to defrag and it quit at about 16% and then brought up the error message. Any help will be much appreciated.

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You're getting a badly worded system message . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Additional information as ...

This message "Some files on this volumn could not be defragmented. Please check the defragmentation report for the list of these files." does mean that there has been an error.

However, the 'error' is simply the way that the report has been programmed to appear. Depending on which defrag program you use - the error message would be badly worded like this one, or worded better thereby giving you a better understanding of what had happened.

No matter which defrag program you use, there will always be certain files that, if they are fragmented, CANNOT be defragmented.

These files are system files.

You CANNOT defragment something that is active, ie a file that is already in memory, because when the system stops using the file it puts it back where it found it - but it won't be able to do that if the defrag program has moved it!

What you should do is employ the use of a defrag program that will allow you to perform a 'Boot-time Defrag'. This way it will defragment the system files before they are loaded into memory.

Try this link for PerfectDisk.

http://www.download.com/3000-2094_4-10654012.html

Make no mistake - other posts may appear after this one, advising that you use another preferred defrag program, but I've probably already used most of them and I'm perfectly happy with the full version of this one.

Download and install PerfectDisk and run it. You'll notice immediately that it will advise after scanning that you should perform a boot-time defrag, so choose to do so.

It also views a hard drive in a different way - arranging files in a strucure akin to whether they are frequently or infrequently used, placing each category in a separate part of the hard drive. It is an arrangement that I, for one, find perfectly acceptable.

Let us know how you get on.

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Thank you so much for all your help.

by dpowell56 In reply to You're getting a badly wo ...

I started running a program yesterday called Fix-It Utilities and ran their Jetdefrag. It took a very long time. At one point this morning it asked that I run a boot-time defrag. I did.

I will keep your suggests for further use. Everything seems to be working much, much better now.

Again, thank you very much.

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perfectdisk smartplacement is just hype.

by vindasel In reply to You're getting a badly wo ...

"Download and install PerfectDisk and run it. You'll notice immediately that it will advise after scanning that you should perform a boot-time defrag, so choose to do so. It also views a hard drive in a different way - arranging files in a strucure akin to whether they are frequently or infrequently used, placing each category in a separate part of the hard drive. It is an arrangement that I, for one, find perfectly acceptable. Let us know how you get on."


I've tried this program before, and it's much hyped 'smartplacement' is just a load of nonsense. It did nothing to improve performance and it's defragmentation was slow and sluggish even without 'smartplacement'. It took ages to analyse and defragment a 80GB partition which was just mildly fragmented. Sorry, but I would not recommend this program; there are far better options out there that don't need you to wait till the end of eternity to defragment a drive.

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