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disk defragmentor will not defragment

By c_havener_99 ·
Two weeks ago I ran the disk defrag. and worked fine. Had problems with isp and their tech support had me change some things in the settings. Was unable to finish what he started--some components of the windows 98 program were missing. Told to reinstall win 98 to restore those missing parts. Then he would give me the rest of the numbers. The next tech said there was nothing else he could do. Now the defragmenting will not get any further than 16% then it says that components have changed---restarting. Tried to repeat this process again and it will not get past 3% and then restarts the defragging again. Can you help?

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by TheChas In reply to disk defragmentor will no ...

When any program access the hard drive, disk defragmenter starts over.

You need to close ALL open programs.

The easiest way to do this, is to boot into Safe Mode, and run defrag from there.

Otherwise:
Right click on, and exit / close all icons in the system tray.

Right click on an open area of the desktop, select properties, click on the screensaver tab, select none, apply.

Use Alt-Ctrl-Del to bring up the task manager.
Close all programs except explorer.

Defrag should run fine now.

When you re-boot, all programs should re-open.

Right click on an open area of the desktop again to reset your screen-saver.

Chas

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by c_havener_99 In reply to disk defragmentor will no ...

Thank you Chas---I did the second option you listed. Worked great!

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