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#1 tizerist

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:23 AM

Hi folks.
I recently reinstalled my Vista, and after installing numerous different apps and updates, I have done virus scans and a complete defrag. (Boot time defrag also)
Now I'm moving onto Error Checking. I tried this on my 150gb D drive. This, last time (a year ago?) would have been an hours process, but this time it took so long that I rebooted and started again. Went to work, came back, and it's still doing it, 9 hours later. The numbers are moving, sloooowly, and the progress bar is still at a mere 15%.
I have both boxes tixed, including the 'scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'.
The point is, it never took anything like this long before.
Is this normal? Is it a bad sign?
Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:32 PM

IMO...it's a sign that you need to run chkdsk more frequnetly than once a year.

Aside from that...there's nothing to draw conclusions from, at this point.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:45 PM

Thanks.
So is it, unlike defragging, that it doesn't matter how many times you re-install your OS, the frequency of how often you should run chkdsk remains the same?

Edited by tizerist, 17 June 2011 - 12:46 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:14 PM

IMO...

Both chkdsk /r and the defrag command (or use of a 3d-party option) are basic amintneance services for any Wiondows install. They exist to make sure that the user is not the cause of the Windows malfunctioning through sheer neglect by the user/owner.

To not use them...is an invitation for unnecessary system problems, IMO.

Using Windows Defrag - http://www.geekgirls.com/windows_defrag.htm

Why Chkdsk -r Instead Of Error Checking - The Elder Geek on Windows XP - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30751

The Importance of Disk Defragmentation - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/the-importance-of-disk-defragmentation/

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 08:01 AM

Ok, thanks, it did eventually finish some 26 hours later.

The only thing left is a folder on C drive called
Put a directory on PYTHONPATH here

I have no idea what pythonpath is, even after a google.
If someone could tell me what this is, i'd be very grateful, thanks.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:34 AM

Post the path for this folder, please.

Reference, http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/blender/setting-up-windows-python-path-system-variable.php .

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:08 PM

Hi again. Sorry, I'm back.

The folder path is exactly this
C:\Put a directory on PYTHONPATH here

I read various bits of that page you linked, and am still utterly baffled.
I don't use Blender, and don't really understand if I'm supposed to have that folder or not.

Thanks.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 11:23 AM

Afraid I'm not of much use, other than to provide the following link: http://docs.python.org/faq/installed.html

I understand that Python is a programming language and I now understand that the folder is named Put a directory on PYTHONPATH here but I have no idea how it managed to arrive on your system or the significance of such.

Let's see what others here think :).

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:25 AM

Thanks Louis
I've upgraded to Windows 7 64 Ultimate, so all folders were deleted. No problem.
Thanks again.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:06 AM

Glad you resolved it, happy computing :).

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