View Full Version : cannot defragment

03-30-2004, 12:11 AM
when I try to defragment my hard drive, it gets to 4-10% and then starts over telling me that the contents of drive C had changed.

Can somebody tell me what is going on? Thanks


03-30-2004, 12:29 AM
Boot into SAFE mode and then run defrag.

With minimal drivers there will be less chance of something writing to the hard drive so the process will run faster and without as many interruptions.

03-30-2004, 08:44 AM
Make sure you close all open programmes - use the close programmes window. You only need Explorer and Sys Tray - in partcular make sure no anti-virus programmes are running. They will write to and change your hard drive while defrag is running.

This is probably what it is trying to tell you.


03-30-2004, 08:01 PM
I booted in Safe Mode and turned off my Zone Alarm firewall but it didn't make any difference. How do you turn off Norton anti-virus for 30 minutes for the defrag? I'll try that and see.


03-31-2004, 01:38 PM
You could try it in MS DOS mode. After you access the startup menu, select the option to startup with the Command prompt C:> and type in Scandisk(which is often done prior to a defrag). After that completes, type in defrag C:

04-01-2004, 07:54 AM
If it won't defrag in dos try here -


You can down load a trial version of a Defrag utility, and its much faster and easier than MSoft's defragger.

Trying to defrag in DOS is probably your last hope anyway.:)

04-01-2004, 01:34 PM
If you end up looking for another alternative, Raxco Perfect Disk (http://www.raxco.com/products/) is by far the best I've ever used.

Diskeeper is good too, but Raxcos Utility amazed me when I used it on an (NTFS) Computer that was fragmented so badly I could hardly believe my eyes. (Not one of mine) ;)

Sure wish it was free. :rolleyes:
(It is however free to try)
Here (http://www.raxco.com/products/downloadit/perfectdisk2000_download.cfm)

04-01-2004, 03:36 PM
Yeah, it would be good. I use Diskeeper Lite - its an evaluation copy but there are no strings attached to buy it.

However, it does not have all the functions enabled but it does defrag your drives perfectly, and at speed. This is all I want it to do anyway, so I have never got around to buying the full version yet.


04-01-2004, 10:58 PM
Yes, I just downloaded diskeeper and will use it tomorrow to defrag and see how it does...I will let you know....