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XP Defragmenter Fails To Complete


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#1 gil58

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:48 AM

Hi;

I'm a newby when it comes to computers but just can't afford to keep paying others to be bail me out. I have a recurring problem with never being able to defragment my computer. The windows defragmenter just never gets around to finishing. Any suggestions?

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#2 Allan

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 06:55 AM

How much free space is there on your drive?

And exactly what happens when you try to defrag - are there any error messages?

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 11:35 PM

Hi;

I'm a newby when it comes to computers but just can't afford to keep paying others to be bail me out. I have a recurring problem with never being able to defragment my computer. The windows defragmenter just never gets around to finishing. Any suggestions?


It could be that your disk is either too full (you need at least 15% free space, 20% or more ideally) or the disk is very large, requiring a lot of time to complete. Or maybe there is just a lot to defragment.

Keep in mind that the built-in is meant for casual use (kind of like Word Pad or Paint -- very handy for writing and touching up a picture, but a writer would not use Word Pad to make a living and a graphic artist would certainly not rely on Paint for his work).

The built-in was never meant to handle large disks or large amounts of fragmentation build-up -- it has its limitations.

You may want to consider a good third party defrag solution that can operate transparently in the background and can handle large disks with low available space.

Good luck!

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:02 AM

Keep in mind that the built-in is meant for casual use (kind of like Word Pad or Paint -- very handy for writing and touching up a picture, but a writer would not use Word Pad to make a living and a graphic artist would certainly not rely on Paint for his work).

The built-in was never meant to handle large disks or large amounts of fragmentation build-up -- it has its limitations.


Where did you hear that? Your statement doesn't make any sense at all. Neither the size of the drive nor the state of fragmentation is a factor.




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