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External Hard Drive will not defragment

By condrac9 ·
was trying to defragment my Seagate external usb hardrdive, when i hit the defrag button , it would start analysing as normal, then an error message would show up on screen, i think it said something about a missing file or corupted dll, i dont remember id have to check again if neccisary, but i cannot start the defragment process because it dosent finnish the auto analize.
ive tried restarting and tried defragging on a different pc. any other suggestons

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by BFilmFan In reply to External Hard Drive will ...

Is the drive formatted as FAT or NTFS?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to External Hard Drive will ...

If you run CHKDSK or a similar program over the drive it should fix any errors that are on it preventing Defrag from running.

If you have critical DATA on the drive I would use programs that DO NOT come from MS as they tend to work better and I've seen quite a few instances of CHKDSK destroying the partition information on a HDD.

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