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defragmentation failure

By mcnair ·
what could be the problem with a standard harddrive - (WDC, Maxtor, quantum) that fails 2 complet defragmentation? starts over & over & over again, gets up to 10% and statrs over again, never completing. I've reset the power settings / scr saver notto interfere, and the same thing happens. normal HD primary partition nothing special, just will not complete defrag but will complete scandisk. how can I correct this problem and defrag my harddrive?

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by Ann777 In reply to defragmentation failure

Boot to safemode and run defragmentation from there.

Do you have anti-virus software installed? If yes, you should also disable it.

If you are connected to a network, you might also want to reboot without logging into the network, disableall active programs and run defrag again.

Anything that writes to the hdd will cause defrag to start all over.

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by Ann777 In reply to defragmentation failure

Also if you have a multifunction printer, you need to disable it temporarily as well... because it too polls Windows for activity.

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by mcnair In reply to defragmentation failure

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by mrbill357 In reply to defragmentation failure

do a CTRL ATL DEL and stop all other processes. The problem is a program running in the background. Everytime it starts, it has to restart defrag. If you are working on numerous machines, shutting down a couple programs at a time will let you know which ones interfere with the process and save you time when you work on other machines.

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by kcmeister In reply to defragmentation failure

Run defrag in safe mode. nothing to interfere. good idea to run scandisk in safe mode, too. goes faster. when pc first boots, press F8 key repeatedly about once a second, a start up menu will appear. choose safe mode. will look real ugly. rundefrag there.
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by jbuttigieg In reply to defragmentation failure

Before you run the defrag command press control alt del and remove all the tasks except the Explorer and Systray by highlighting each task and choose end task for every open task listed. These tasks would change the contents of the Harddisk and causes the defrag process to start again. Leaving only explorer and Systray in the task list reduces the possiblity and the defrag process does not start again at any time. Hope thhis will solve your problem.

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by bsj_molena In reply to defragmentation failure

The reason that this is happening is because you have other programs that are running in the background. Every time one of them writes to the hard drive, defrag has to start over. The above answer is correct. But here is how to close the programs running on your computer. Press the ALT+CTRL+Delete keys at the same time. This will bring up a close program window. It will list all the programs running on your computer, many you might not have even know about. Click on the name of a program,then click the end task button. Do this until everything is closed EXCEPT explorer and systray. After you do that, run defrag and it should finish. Hope this works for you.

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