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Recovery Drive D:\ Defragmenting

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#1 Aldeberry


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Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:24 PM

Greetings experts! I hope you can help. Having resolved a sequence of problems successfully I went into Defrag C:\ Drive OK, and then to the D:| Drive. The Analysis showed that I have only 9% Free space and message stated that 15% was necessary to allow a Defrag. The graphic showed large areas of undesirable Red, so it seems to need a gentle touch. Volume size is 6.01 Gb with 5.47 Used space and only 556 Mb Free = 9%. A Microsoft message suggests firstly that some files should be removed, but then advises extreme caution - understandably! Can anyone tell me if a Defrag will work with the drive in this state, probably running very slowly through, or will it cause harm to commence a Defrag? Would it be best to leave alone? Can I, without being an expert, remove files and, if so, which ones? Any advice will be most welcome. My PC is a Compaq Desktop on WinXP, relatively lightly used here at home in UK, and always kept as clean as I can regularly. How the D:\ drive got like this, goodness knows. Time for bed now, 23.25 hrs. Looking foward to hearing from some helpful soul. Best wishes to all, Aldeberry.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 07:35 PM

Download ATF cleaner and run the program Select all boxes and then empty selected. This should free up some more space. Disk Defrag wont run with out 15%free.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 08:19 PM

You could also temporarily turn off System Restore (you would lose your current restore points, I believe), temporarily reduce the size of your pagefile, and eliminate the hiberfil.sys file for additional room...in some cases.



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Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:23 AM

What hamluis has suggested is a temporary solution, but the bottom line is you are going to need to create more space on the hdd. Transferring files to either a removable media like CDs or DVDs or to another hdd is the best solution to this problem.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:31 AM

Would it be best to leave alone?

Yes. There's no point defragmenting a Recovery Partition. It's only ever used if you need to recover your OS, and it doesn't matter at all if the files are fragmented.
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