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By trop ·
The following process was necessary for me to achieve 100% Defragmented C disk. It was perfect! and did take a couple of hours since I had never received 100% since purchasing the laptop in August 2000. That's a pretty long while. Why isn't this procedure recommended in the manuals or on the multiple web pgs addressing disk defrag? Is is safe? Is it a potential problem...
1. START
2. RUN
3. type in "msconfig"
4. SELECTIVE START UP
(then reverse back to NORMAL START UP)

this apparently eliminates the various icons from 'running' in the background.

I have not seen this procedure written up and it was only with on the phone technical assistance with GATEWAY. Any thoughts? Can you refer me to articles or web pgs that may give more information?

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by zlitocook In reply to Disk Defragmenting

No this is not the normal way to do this. If you cannot run defrag from windows then you try it from safe mode. If that dont work try it from dos boot. If not use a boot disk and run it from there. If gateway uses this mode I think that you are not compleatly defraging the drive. What O/S are you using? And did you get all the cds with your system? It sounds like they have thier own program running in the back ground.

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by brian In reply to Disk Defragmenting

Sounds fine to me. The only thing it couldn't access would be some system files that are in use and they should have been installed on a clean disk so they probably don't need to be defragged. I would be fine with it. The only thing I would worryabout is the swap file. You may want to try running without one while defragging and then set it to a fixed size once the disk has been defragged.

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by TheChas In reply to Disk Defragmenting

I know that there are articles in the Microsoft Knowledge base about this issue.

It has also been covered in numerous other Q&A questions.

I have seen it referenced in numerous Windows books and support web sites.

The root problem is that anything that causes a disk access causes defrag to need to start over.

There are 3 ways to prevent / reduce disk access so that defrag can complete;
1. shut down all active programs.
You can do what you did, and perform a selective startup;
or, you can shut down each program in the system tray and then use alt-ctrl-del to find and shut down other active programs;
or, boot into safe mode.

2. have a large amount of system RAM so that there is no need for virtual memory. (When you shut down all the programs, you are mainly freeing up memory so that virtual memory is not needed)

3. Set up the PC with a seperate partition (drive) for virtual memory. This way, virtual memory calls do not stop defrag as the calls are made to a different drive.

Chas

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by tRippin In reply to Disk Defragmenting

you can start your pc in sade mode and do a defragmenting on your hard drives .. you should be able to defrag
cheeers....

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