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By darleenajo1 ·
Why wont scan disk work or defrag.? Why does it keep freezing up?

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by dRb63 In reply to windows or programs writi ...

Sounds as though you might have a TSR running and keeping these utilities from completing or even executing. You may want to run "msconfig" and check to see what is starting up and what isn't needed.

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by qballrail In reply to windows or programs writi ...

If you are using the default programs that come with Windows, consider installing Norton System Works. If you are already using that and it's hanging in that program, completely remove and reinstall the app.

Although you were a little vague in reference to freezing up (not sure if it's the program or your computer), but if your computer is still functional and you can go to your Task Manager, check to see if Window's reports it as Not Responding. If it reports that the program is Running, then just give it a little more time. Depending on how big your hard drive is and the speed of your system, it could take quite some time to run either utility.

Are you having any other issues with your system such as other programs hanging? If it has been quite some time since your last clean install, like 8-10 months or more, consider doing that, after a full back up of data such as docs and picturs and other saved program data.

However, I would start with the first two paragraphs. But check your Task Manager first if possible.

That's the best I can do with the information provided. Perhaps a little more info with some system specs, OS verson, what's running, etc. would help me be more specific. :)

Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

Regards,
Jesse

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by TheChas In reply to windows or programs writi ...

Many, many programs that run in the back ground write to the drive on a regular basis.

There is a file referred to as the swap, or paging file on your hard drive. This is also referred to as 'virtual memory".

I get around this problem by setting up my systems with multiple logical drives, and use 1 of these exclusively for virtual memory.

The simplest way to work around this problem, is to boot into safe mode.
If any programs load tray icons, right click on the icon, and close the program.
Next, open the task manager (Atl-Ctrl-Del)
and close down all programs except Explorer.
(Explorer is your Windows session.)
Finally, disable your screen saver.

Now you can run scandisk and defrag with out interruption.

Chas

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by mjoconnor1 In reply to windows or programs writi ...

The solution I would use is similar to Answer 3 posted by TheChas.
1.) Boot to the Windows 98 startup menu (hold down the CTRL key as it boots up) and chose "Command prompt only" then type the following:
scandisk /all /autofix /nosummary /surface
That might take about an hour and will clear any errors the GUI version of scandisk could not.
2.) Reboot change the swap file to static and move it to another partition (Right click my Computer > Properties > Performance > Virtual Memory > Specify (set the numbers close to each other example 100 to 110 MB on \ [must have enough free space on \])
Then shut down and delete the swap file, if you moved it to d:\win386.swp then:
Boot to win98 startup menu > Command prompt only > go to d: then type del win386.swp
you can also put it in your Autoexec.bat i.e.
d:
del win386.swp
3.) Then run Scandisk Through, with autofix > all hard drives > no display summary.
4.) Run Defrag with the "Rearrange program files so my programs start faster" check box checked.
Run it this way for three to four times, with a reboot in between until it runs within two minutes.
First run might take a couple of hours.
5.) Run Defrag with the "Rearrange program files so my programs start faster" check box UNCHECKED.
Run it this way for three to four times, with a reboot in between until it runs within two minutes.
First run might take a couple of hours again then leave it this way until you add more programs the repeat.
By leaving the "Rearrange ..." box unchecked Defrag will not constantly be trying to rearrange the beginning of the hard drive and you should see a boost in performance.
6.) If defrag hangs (not responding) then reboot and delete the swap file again if not in autoexec.bat already
Let me know if this is useful.

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by mjoconnor1 In reply to windows or programs writi ...

Or see page two of "Bypass Windows 98's never-ending defrag operation Mar 5, 2003 | Greg Shultz @ http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=t01220030327shu01.htm&src=search
Also refer to the preview of the book "Supporting and Maintaining Windows 9X" @ https://www.techrepublic.com/tpgsignup/one_offs/c026bmcc.jhtml;jsessionid=VYFCDEYF2EXGVTQQACQCFEY?_requestid=279081

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