files that will not defragment?

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  1. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

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    i'm not sure if i should worry about this. on one of my drives, i have a bunch of files that will not defragment even after a couple of tries. i'm not sure if there are better defragmenters out there than the windows one, or if they are all the same. what if i move them to a different drive, then defragment that one, would that help? the only reason i am concerned is that a few of the files have 9000+ fragments.

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  2. Rob Gardiner

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    CJ,

    Try this:

    Move the large file in question to another drive.

    Defrag your original drive. This should make most or all of the free space contiguous at the end of the drive.

    Move the large file back to its original drive.
     
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    from what I can tell, the defragmenter won't move files that are currently in use. be it running programs or essential system files. try defragmenting in safe mode to ensure that as little as possible is running in the background.
     
  4. Christ Reynolds

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    Christ,

    You defragged after a reboot but have you tried what Rob suggested and did a defragment in Safe mode?

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  6. Philip Hamm

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    Do you know exactly what files these are? If they're your swapfile (common), the way to fix that is to do the following:

    * Change your swap file to something ridiculously small, say maximum 32mb minimum 32mb.

    * Defragment the drive

    * Set up your swapfile with both a maximum and a minimum setting. Say 256mb/256mb as the minimum and max (not sure how much you need - 256mb is probably too small).

    Now your swapfile won't fragment, but it won't be able to grow either.
     
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    I've found that my ATI video capture keep a default amount of HD space and doesn't allow it to be defragged.

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