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#1 Richard1283

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:34 AM

I have 5 hard disks and all but one will defrag. There is 156GB of free space on the one that won't defrag. Any suggestions?
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 12:40 PM

Run chkdsk /r (or the equivalent) on the drive and hope for the best.

Any error messages? I've not seen an XP function like defrag fail...without some sort of explanation.

Could be a file system problems, could be a disk problem.

XP Chkdsk, Using the Graphical Version (My Computer) - http://www.updatexp.com/windows-xp-chkdsk.html

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:30 PM

Tried typing chkdsk/r in command prompt and says it will check disk C. What exactly do I need to type to check disk H?
Rich . It's a Raid 1 and is only used to store data. I have used chkdsk that comes with Norton and have not come up with any errors.

Edited by Richard1283, 04 February 2008 - 01:58 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2008 - 03:08 PM

Well...I wouldn't use Norton Disk Doctor or any other Norton products (other than AV or NIS) on an XP system...but that's just a personal thing.

If you are using command prompt, it would simply be chkdsk H: /r as the typed in command.

Sequence equals...first part of command, what disk it applies to, specific parameters of command to be followed.

Spacing must be as I have typed it above (space after general command and partition designation).

If you had followed the link I previously provided, it would have been much easier to run it from Explorer/My Computer. Aaahhhh...I see what happened. You followed the first set of instructions and did not look at the second...my fault for not spelling it out in anything other than the title.

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 03:50 PM

Ran chcdsk/r from command prompt. It took 24 hours to run all five tests and no errors showed up but still can't defrag.

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:21 PM

Well...my guess is that the hard drive is failing/damaged.

A chkdsk should never have taken that long. I have a couple of 500GB drives which defrag in about 1/3 or 1/4 that time (defragginng normally takes considerably more time than chkdsk).

Suggest you download and run...a diagnostic from the website of the hard drive manufacturer and see what it finds out.

Hard Disk Drive Diagnostics-Utilities - http://www.duxcw.com/faq/hd/diag.htm

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. - http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#samsung

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:41 AM

I ran Seagates diagnostics and all drives passed with flying colors. Maybe I'll back-up my files and reformat the drive. Thanks for all the help.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:38 PM

Let us know how the format/reinstall goes, thanks. It may help someone with similar/same problem.

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