View Full Version : defrag problem

05-12-2002, 04:16 PM
On a friend's PC - the defrag gets to 2% and then stops...

what possible reasons are there for this?

The PC is slow but functions ok but slllllloooowwwww

h/ware etc is fine (ME, AMD Duron CPU 900MHz...)


05-12-2002, 04:19 PM
First of all turn off that cursed Screen Saver if you have not already.

Two ways of looking at this but both will require a reboot on completion.

Press Ctl.Alt.Del once and repeat as required to close all the programs running in your system box except for systray and explorer. Now try and do your scandisk or defrag.


Reboot into safe mode and run both your scandisk and defrag from there. To get into Safe Mode restart and as the computer starts to boot up, start clicking the F8 key (exact key may vary between systems but F8 is a common one), you will be offered several options, select Start in Safe Mode. Upon finishing the scandisk and defrag restart back into normal window.

The reason it keeps getting to 2% will be because something else is running in the back ground.

You will also need to turn off your screen saver if you have one running.

Hope that helps.

Susan B
05-12-2002, 04:29 PM
Have a look at the forum's Defrag FAQ - link top right of this page.

OR you could try the program listed in yesterday's news: Defrag for Windows (http://www.pcmesh.com/). :D

Graham L
05-12-2002, 04:29 PM
It may be slow because the disk is very fragmented. This could make degrag struggle, because it needs a bit of free disk space to work in. If the defrag hangs after following ducky's advice, it might be worth removing the swap file, then doing a safe mode boot and then defrag.

05-12-2002, 06:37 PM
Only solution that works 100% for me is to run a program called EndItAll. Find it via Google when everything else fails. This will close down all those hidden applications that are running in the background.