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#1 wazz

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Posted 16 January 2005 - 05:25 PM

Hello everyone, I am sooooo new to the computer scene. I have been using Webtv for the last 5-6 years, but the websites I can visit has slowing been shrinking and now most of my favorites I cannot access. Sop I bought this used computer and trying to figure stuff out as I go.
Someone told me I should defrag my hard drive, well I finally figured out what that meant. When I run the defrag it gets to 10% and the message is "Drive contents changed Restoring" ...What does this mean??
Can someone steer me in the right direction?
Thanks
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Posted 16 January 2005 - 05:33 PM

Welcome to BC wazz :thumbsup: Thanks for registering.

The question you have on defragging is a very common one. Basically it means that something is being written to the hard drive at the same time that you are defragging. I would suggest that you disable the screen saver before doing the defrag. You can just turn off the monitor and check it every once in a while. If it has not been defragged in a while (or ever) the best time to run it would be overnight.
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Posted 16 January 2005 - 05:56 PM

Hi wazz

What is your operating system?

In order to run defrag you need to disable any programs running in the background. Once we know your OS we can tell you how to do that.

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Posted 16 January 2005 - 06:01 PM

If there are programs running in the background, such as An Antivirus program or a Firewall. These will be writing to the drive and Defrag will not complete. The best thing to do is go into Safe Mode. This prevents these from running at startup. Then the defrag will go smoothly. While in Safemode. You might as well run ScanDisk also. You should find it in the same area where you found the Defrag. It will not run for the same reasons as Defrag. So there you go. :thumbsup:

Edited by scarlett, 16 January 2005 - 06:02 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2005 - 06:03 PM

Its windows 98 second edition.
Wazz...

What is the safemode?
I have McAfee virus and Zonealarm firewall.

Edited by wazz, 16 January 2005 - 06:07 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2005 - 06:08 PM

Directions to put your computer in Safe Mode can be found here.

You will have to turn your computer off before you can do this step, so you may want to make sure that you have all your work saved before starting.
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Posted 16 January 2005 - 10:34 PM

Once you get into safe mode (there will be an ugly screen with several options, usually 3 is start in safe mode) run scandisk first, and make sure the box is checked for it to automatically fix any errors it finds, then run defrag. Depending on how much you have on your hard drive, this may take some time, especially if you have not done it before.

You are using "safe mode" because it will launch Windows with only those programs absolutely necessary running; this way applications and other parts of Windows that are always accessing the file system for some reason or another, will not do so.

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#8 wazz

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 12:34 AM

Thanks so much for the help, I got it to work and learned a few things along the way. I'm sure you will hear from me again.
Again thanks
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Posted 17 January 2005 - 08:08 AM

Fantastic! :thumbsup: Just remember to defrag and scandisk every so often. I used to do it once a week. But now maybe once a month. Sufficent enough I guess.

It is also a good idea to scan for virus', and adware/spyware in safemode. Especially if you sense that there is something going on.
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