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Chris-C

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Been having trouble not being able to get my laptop to defrag.

HP Omnibook runnin Win 98
850mhz
Pentium III

any ideas??

Never defrag's when it's been on for awhile.
Only can get it to do it once in awhile upon start up.

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KyleS

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What is it doing when you say that it wont defrag? Does it start and then keep restarting? (if this is the case then there is a process or program running in the background that is interupting the defrag process causing to restart over and over. Once it has restarted so many time it will give a failure to defrag screen.

Or is it locking up? Need a little more info though the problem U explained above is usually the issue. Check to see what programs you have starting on startup and kill them all then make sure that you turn off any Virus programs and your screen saver then try running again.

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Rob Gillespie

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Best way to defrag is to boot into Safe Mode and run it from there (hit F8 on boot up until you see the load options). The defrag in 95/98 is pretty basic and will restart if your system even thinks about doing something else. Running it in Safe Mode means you have the bare minimum to get in the way.
 

Julian Reville

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What they said...:)

I have a 300 Celeron that requires the 3 finger salute to shut down almost everything before it will defrag.
 

Hanson

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Go into safe mode. No drivers, no startup programs, no swap disk. Just remember to do a scandisk beforehand, and just check to see how much free disk space you have first. Delete some files if necessary (esp *.tmp files from C:windowstemp and internet explorer cached pages).
 

Glenn Overholt

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Hanson gets my vote. Scandisk helps a lot, and if the disk is faily full, the program won't have enough room to work with. Do a search for files that end with .tmp .001 & .bak. You can safely delete all of them, and then clean out the trash can before you run scandisk.

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Chris-C

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Thanks for all the great reply's.

What it is doing-was just making a defrag sound (like pacman),and the progress scale wouldn't move off of zero percent completed.

I believe it is too many things running in the background-as you say.

I finally got it to defrag yesterday,and it was accomplished by taking out my wireless card,and restarting.

But what you say makes a lot of sense.

I'm pretty lame on shuting down programs that are running,and even worse on starting in the safe mode-but I will try to learn this for the future.

Thanks Much again

I believe with your fine help,and advice I can handle it from now on :)


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Rob Gillespie

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If a large hard drive is heavily fragmented, then the defrag process can take a long time.

We had a machine at work that literally took two days to defrag :frowning:
 

Tekara

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I can't remember if theres a DOS defrag option available but it would speed things up quite a bit and since your in DOS nothing else can be running at the same time. I use the command prompt one my old laptop for scandisk since it's quite a bit faster at scanning.

worse come to worse, you can just download a DOS defrag program, I'm under the assumption that I thought of it so someone on the net has done it :D.
 

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