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    defrag problem

    When I try to defrag, I get the message that Drive C is

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    Re: defrag problem

    What OS?

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    Re: defrag problem

    Not all computer problems are due to viruses. And I haven't heard of the "prevent defragging" virus!

    If you give a bit more detail about your problem and the operating system, as Joe asked, we might be able to take it further...

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    Re: defrag problem

    Many thanks for both replying - the OS is Windows ME.

    As I said before, when I try to defrag all I get is the "Locke3d by a Disk Utility" error message.

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    Re: defrag problem

    Many thanks. The Norton Doc was the problem. I should say that a friend put the Doc on my machine and said that he had defragged my pc. I could not therefore understand why I could not defrag thereafter. And as you get rid of one problem . . .

    So I then used speed disk to defrag. It only does 50% and then freezes. Any suggestions?

    Let me congratulate Woody's Lounge. I had problems with Word, Excel and this H/w problem and got answers to them very quickly. What a site!!!!

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    Re: defrag problem

    "50% and then freezes"

    Close all items running except for Explorer.exe including the screen saver (turn it to NONE), then give it a try.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: defrag problem

    In addition to Dave's suggestion, I found that Speed Disk worked without the freezing and restarts when the virtual memory size was fixed - not dynamic. There are different opinions on how large or small the VM size should be. This article refers to Windows XP but it is a starting point. Personally, I use Diskeeper . Once an initial defrag is performed followed by a boot time defrag, Diskeeper works in the background keeping your disk defragmented as you work.
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    Re: defrag problem

    Chiming in late here, but you might have some luck using the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> GEODisk2 utility. I've had some success with it on numerous "problem" machines before. Among other things, it shuts down processes to a minimal state, like DaveA suggests, before it runs defrag.

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    Re: defrag problem

    I don't know whether, in any of the stuff suggested, that the use of
    CHKDSK C: /F /V /R
    from a Command Prompt Window is recommended? This probably will ask you to confirm that you want to run the CHKDSK on the next reboot. Allow yourself a few hours for it to do its work (I say "a few hours" because if it finds any disk surface problems it can take a LOT of time to work on them... It may take less than half an hour, though). Then try the DEFRAG again.

    And the first thing I should have said was to do a proper backup -- but you will have done this already!

    "Bon chance" (as they say in Glasgae!).

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