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By New Graduate ·
Hello All,

I'm new to technical support and I had a question that hopefully some of you more senior support gurus can help me with. I'm simply trying to defrag a hard drive on an HP Pavilion on a Win 98 platform. However, when I try to use the defrag utility, I keep getting a "System has changed, starting over" message after the defrag is about 5% complete. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Have a productive day.

JP

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Question about Win 98 Def ...

Try stopping any and all applications accessing the hard drive while you run defrag.

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by jeng In reply to Question about Win 98 Def ...

The best thing to do when defragging is boot in safe mode and start the defrag. Or, disable virus scanners, and any other running applications. Also, don't do any writes to the disk (e.g. editing or creating files).

Defrag restarts whenever it recognizes that the data on the disk has changed.

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by jeng In reply to Question about Win 98 Def ...

OOPS - forgot one more thing. Disable screensavers - especially the fancy CPU/memory intensive ones. :) They might cause access to virtual memory (writes to the disk).

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Question about Win 98 Def ...

Just providing more clarity here... the reason defrag starts over is that there is a process or application which is writing to the hard drive while it is defragmenting. This causes Windows to start it over again to catch any newly-written data. This is normal, albeit a pain in the butt, operation. Possible causes include writes to a disk from a network connection, antivirus software, and any other program which may be run. Best to schedule the defrag during off hours to ensure this doesn't happen. Defrag will indeed run while you work but it will take F O R E V E R.

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by DoubleDown In reply to Question about Win 98 Def ...

I would recommend using something like Diskeeper (Executive Software) instead of Windows 98's built in defrag (which is terrible.) It not only saves a lot of time, but it is much easier to use and gives you many more options.

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