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    UsnJournal problem stopping Defrag program.

    I want to defrag a 1TB external USB drive using MyDefrag. The defrag works fine on the local drive and I can access the USB drive to read and write happily.

    When I try to defrag the USB drive the program gets a couple of % through the analysis phase, and stops.

    I tried chkdsk on the disk and it repeatedly reports:

    "The deleting of the USN Journal is in progress.
    Your volume cannot be checked at this time.
    Please wait a few minutes and try again."

    So I did some google searching and tried to remove the USN journal using
    "fsutil usn deletejournal /D e:"

    and get another error message saying "the volume change journal is not active".

    I'm guessing that there's a problem with the USN journal which is causing problems with the defrag getting low level access to the Windows API.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Does the external hard drive install any drivers, virtual CD/DVD's or software when it's first connected to a PC?

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    It's a Western Digital drive, and originally came with some backup software and a hard-to-delete virtual CD drive that I didn't want. I followed the manufacturers removal instructions and then reformatted the drive. When I next connected it it went through the normal detecting process for a USB device, and I assume installed the standard drivers.

    I've been using it for several months now so the details of what happened back then are hazy...

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    Defrag frequently stops if interrupted by background activity. I've had the best results when defragging in Safe Mode. Might be worth a try...

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    A quick update:

    I moved the disk to another PC. The Defrag program choked at the same point - confirming a problem with the disk.

    But this time the FNUTIL and CHKDSK commands worked

    It came up with a few errors (segment XXXX is unreadable) etc - see below, fixed a few things on the MFT, and completed. The key entry in the output seems to be
    " 20 KB in bad sectors."

    I'm hoping this is not the sign of an impending disk failure. I guess the next step is to run Spinrite on the disk, re-copy the data across, and check the guarantee on the disk...




    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File record segment 5504 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5505 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5506 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5507 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5508 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5509 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5510 is unreadable.
    File record segment 5511 is unreadable.
    File record segment 6556 is unreadable.
    File record segment 6557 is unreadable.
    File record segment 6558 is unreadable.
    File record segment 6559 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13952 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13953 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13954 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13955 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13956 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13957 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13958 is unreadable.
    File record segment 13959 is unreadable.
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Deleting index entry 2004 Nov in index $I30 of fil
    Deleting index entry 2004 Zip tommy.jpg in index $
    Deleting index entry 2004NO~1 in index $I30 of fil
    Deleting index entry 2004ZI~1.JPG in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry IMGP0013.JPG in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry Leanne Womack - Hope you Danc
    89.
    Deleting index entry LEANNE~1.MP3 in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry pearl1.jpg in index $I30 of f
    Deleting index entry ZbThumbnail.info in index $I3
    Deleting index entry ZBTHUM~1.INF in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry b00039.au in index $I30 of fi
    Deleting index entry b00060.au in index $I30 of fi
    Deleting index entry b00061.au in index $I30 of fi
    Deleting index entry b00062.au in index $I30 of fi
    Deleting index entry Revolver in index $I30 of fil
    Deleting index entry TH1DDA~1.MP3 in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry THC1F8~1.MP3 in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry THCF3F~1.MP3 in index $I30 of
    Deleting index entry The Beatles - Wait.mp3 in ind
    Deleting index entry The Beatles - What Goes On.mp

    Deleting index entry The Beatles - You Won't See M
    940.
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is recovering lost files.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    Deleting USN Journal file.
    CHKDSK is resetting Usn information...
    Adding 5 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
    Correcting errors in the master file table's (MFT)
    Correcting errors in the master file table's (MFT)
    Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
    Windows has made corrections to the file system.

    976074751 KB total disk space.
    565577004 KB in 190144 files.
    106272 KB in 11272 indexes.
    20 KB in bad sectors.
    302011 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    410089444 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    244018687 total allocation units on disk.
    102522361 allocation units available on disk.

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