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By Mr Wolf ·
I'm trying to defrag a recently added 20GB HD, but each time I attempt to start it, an error message box apperas, asking to shut down other apps and free up more resources.
I have minimised tasks running to explorer.exe and that's all. The original 4GB drive presented no such problems with only 64MB RAM. After I installed the new drive, with only the OS stored on it, I was having this problem. At the moment the disk is half full. I have only one HD with a single partition.
If its worth anything, I could defrag it when I was using it Win2000 Pro.

I've got 128MB RAM running on Win98SE on a Celeron 333.

Thanks

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by DKlippert In reply to Failing Defrag

Have you tried it in Safe Mode?
Here's a site that claims to have trouble shooting material and links:

http://badour.freewebsites.com/html/defrag.html

(There are no spaces in the URL)

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Failing Defrag

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by dmiles In reply to Failing Defrag

Sounds like the BIOS does not support the large hard drive,try udating the bios from the manufacturers web site using the current bios shown during post as a reference.

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by Mr Wolf In reply to Failing Defrag

BIOS recognises 20GB harddrive at start-up

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by Mr Wolf In reply to Failing Defrag

BIOS recognises 20GB harddrive at start-up

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by chrisengland2 In reply to Failing Defrag

The easiest thing to try would be booting to "Safe Mode" and running defrag from there. Tap on the "F8 Key" while the PC is booting - before the Windows screen shows up - and select #3 (Safe Mode) from the menu. Click "OK" at the first screen and then disable ALL screensavers, and disable the power mgmt features in control panel. Run defrag, go to bed - it'll take a while.

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by Mr Wolf In reply to Failing Defrag

Ran in safe-mode, but still no joy. Apparently there is a problem with my cluster size. See response to Answer 1

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by Mr Wolf In reply to Failing Defrag

Ran in safe-mode, but still no joy. Apparently there is a problem with my cluster size. See response to Answer 1

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by Mr Wolf In reply to Failing Defrag

Thanks for your responses do far.

I've tried running in safe mode, but no success.

How do I find out what my current cluster size is and how do I change to the recommended 16kb size?

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by dmiles In reply to Failing Defrag

The cluster size of a hard drive can only be changed by changing the size of logical drive which is done by reformatting the partition.
Check to see if the anti-virus software is running in the back ground,and other apps

Ref:Microsoft knnowledgebase article Q67312

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