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    defrag takes forever

    Dell Laptop 300 PII 128mb 4 G 2.5 used Win 98 SE After working on it for several hours with Word Perfect, response becomes retarded, keystrokes, mouse movements are like syrup, etc. I ran a temp file cleaner, scandisk, and Win defrag. The defrag progesses quickly up to 10% and works there for as long as 90 minutes, then zips through the remainder in no time. Repetitive problem, I defrag sometimes 2-3 times a day, which fixes the problem temporarily, but it returns in a few hours of word processing. Have disabled everything I can from running in the background, have 80% RAM free. Just can't figure it out? After the defrag, performance is as usual, then goes slowly downhill.

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    Re: defrag takes forever

    Edited by <font color=red>WyllyWylly</font color=red> to add URL code for Knowledge Base article. See Post 167742 for details. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I'm not sure what's happening, but perhaps this search will help. In particular, Disk Defragmenter Hangs After Choosing Disk to Defragment may help.

    You might also check the KB article Q186171.

    I have downloaded the defrag utility for Windows ME & it does work better & faster than the Win98 one. I can't find where I downloaded it from. I did find a website that claims to have it here, but I do not like to recommend sites that I'm not familiar with. I feel safer with something like zdnet or download.com, etc. If you decide to try it, be advised--you're on your own.

    Incidentally, defrag pauses at about 10%, when it's calculating where to put files based on their usage. That information is contained in a file whose name is on the tip of my tongue. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> That file may be corrupt. If I find my tongue, I'll post back. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

    OK. It's not one file, it's several & they are in an applog folder named applicationName.lgn where n=drive letter where the application is. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: defrag takes forever

    I totally agree with you about downloading from "approved" or "safe" sources like ZDNet and Download.com. Unfortunately, I've not found a source other than what I have up. To anyone downloading the file from my site (or ANY site, including Microsoft), be sure and scan it with your virus scan software before using it.

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    Re: defrag takes forever

    Hi foghat:
    Thanks for responding. I feel much better, knowing that the site belongs to someone who hangs out at Woody's Lounge. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Not that someone devious couldn't register here (after all, they let me in), but its sort of like meeting the same person in the same restaurant; you feel a little safer. And yes, I would always virus scan anything I download; I even do that if I download an attachment that I created.

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    Re: defrag takes forever

    Could be a symptom of a disk drive being ill.

    1. Back up everything to tape.
    2. Run a scandisk with full sector checking.
    3. Download the latest diagnostics from the drive manufacturer's web site and run them.

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