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Defrag, Scandisk, Disk Cleanup


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#1 PCIlliterateGal

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 10:16 AM

I've never used the defrag function on my computer...or the scan disk...or disk cleanup. I imagine that could be the source of some of my PC problems. Has to be pretty simple but I have no idea how they work. Can someone give me instructions or point me toward a tutorial on how to perform these tasks? Thanks.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 10:36 AM

Hello PCIlliterateGal

This is a link to a detailed tutorial on Defraging and running Scan Disk:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/the-importance-of-disk-defragmentation/

You should first go into SafeMode before doing eiether. And run ScanDisk first, then DeFrag.

Link on how to get into SafeMode:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

If you have any more questions, be sure to ask. :thumbsup:
One more thing, if you have never Defragged, it may take some time.

Edited by Scarlett, 12 November 2005 - 10:37 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 12:37 PM

I've never used the defrag function on my computer...or the scan disk...or disk cleanup. I imagine that could be the source of some of my PC problems. Has to be pretty simple but I have no idea how they work. Can someone give me instructions or point me toward a tutorial on how to perform these tasks? Thanks.

Hi,
Its good to be regular with these maintenance tasks as they help keep the system stable and smooth.
Scarlett has given you all the info u need and run a disk cleanup, scandisk and then defrag. As said the defrag might take a long time esp if the drive is badly fragmented. If its a pain i would suggest you download a third party tool that will do it faster. Also here is another link you could read- How to maintain your HDD, it includes all the things u mentioned.
http://www.pctechguide.com/tutorials/HDDMaint.htm#Scope

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 08:44 PM

Thanks y'all. I checked out the BC tutorial on defragging, but where's the one on ScanDisk? Or are they the same thing?

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 12:17 AM

OMG I am so sorry. No the tutorial is just for Defrag. Gee whiz, lol I am so used to typing the two terms together I mixed Scan Disk in w/ Defrag in regards to the tutorial I had linked you to.

Scan Disk:

> Start
> Programs
> Accessories
> System Tools
> Scandisk

> Check to see that your Windows Drive is highlighted.
> Check > Thorough test
> Check > Automatically fix errors
Then press Start.

* Remember to do this in Safe Mode

Then run Defrag
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 03:22 AM

Thanx Scarlett...will try it out.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 09:48 PM

Darn it...ScanDisk couldn't complete...I got an error message saying "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor."

I wasn't able to collect the additional info from the error message because I couldn't copy the pasted info to Notepad -- I got another "This program has performed an illegal operation..." message when I tried to open Notepad. And another one for Explorer when I clicked restart.

It seems like I always get an error message when I try to do anything in Safe Mode. It won't even let me restart or shut down without that annoying message, I have to use the restart button on my computer. I haven't been able to scan my computer with AVG or WinPfind because of the error messages, and now I can't do ScanDisk.

What should I do now?

Edited by PCIlliterateGal, 21 November 2005 - 09:57 PM.


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Posted 25 November 2005 - 10:16 PM

In all honesty I have no answers. Im posting to this in order to "bump" it back to the top. As it has been 5 days now. Hopefully someone with the know how will come along and help.

Does anyone have an idea that would help?
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:00 AM

Go to F5 and boot to Safe Mode with command line only. Then run scandisk if '9x/ chkdsk if XP.
You should also defrag in command line mode.

Edited by acklan, 26 November 2005 - 01:00 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 09:46 PM

Go to F5 and boot to Safe Mode with command line only. Then run scandisk if '9x/ chkdsk if XP.
You should also defrag in command line mode.


Will that work with 98? I have Win98...sorry, forgot to mention.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 10:26 PM

Yes. As your computer boots just repetly tap the F5 key. A menu will appear select command line/prompt.
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 05:27 PM

Thanks, I'll try.

Is there is a tutorial for Disk Cleanup?

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 08:30 AM

Disk Cleanup is actually very easy to use, I'd always run it before Scandisk then Defrag. There are just a few options to check, the essential ones being temp internet files, recycle bin, and temp files.

An alternative to running in safe mode is to boot into Win98 as normal, then with no applications open, hit alt+ctrl+delete (you may have to do this several times), and terminate all processes, EXCEPT for Explorer & Systray.

Oh and have any screensaver switched off.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 08:48 AM

Oh and have any screensaver switched off.


Good tip. Often overlooked.
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Posted 02 December 2005 - 05:18 PM

'K...can't wait to get to it. I've been busy having other things fixed on this clunker.




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