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#1 motherboard

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:05 PM

Hi, could someone please answer my question.

My laptop is acting sluggish :flowers: so i run the defragmenting tool in computer management, But it keeps giving me a list of files that just will not defragment. does anyone know how i can defagg these files without having to format my HD?
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:24 PM

Sometimes, there are files that cannot defragment. System Restore cannot be defragmented, nor can the Page File. Those are shown as green bars. But there shouldn't be a lot of files that cannot be defragged. I have one that won't, for some odd reason, but it's safe to ignore it. If it's only a few files, I wouldn't worry about it.

If it's a lot of files, look for something they have in common. Are they files that might be corrupted? Do you have sufficient room on the hard drive? You should have at least 15% free. If so, make sure you run Chkdsk.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:58 PM

Like Herk said, look for a common link between the undefraggable files.

If they're all in the same folder (and aren't system or program files) try moving them to the recycle bin, defragging, restoring the files, then defragging again.

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:29 PM

i cant think of any link between them and some are windows files so i cant bin them.

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:38 PM

Certain windows files are in use by the system, and cannot be defragmented by the built in defragmentation utility.

the full version of diskeeper can run a boot time defragmentation. This will defragment locked files.

There may be other ways, but Diskeeper seems to work the best.
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:41 PM

Have you tried defragmenting in safe mode? I find this helpful at times.

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:59 PM

i'll just try that now

thanks for all the ideas

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:00 AM

It's recommended that you check the disk for bad sectors before defragging. This option is called Error Checking and is found at:

Start > My Computer > right click on the drive > Properties > Tools tab

Choose both options availabe:

Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.

If you defrag without having checked for errors you risk losing data.

Here are three important articles regarding defragging I recommend reviewing before attempting:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/229850/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/105068/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/103555/en-us
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