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    XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    I have defragged my G partition. I have then tried to run defrag on my partition F. When I do this it says that I need to run chkdsk /f. I have done this several times, all the output indicates that there are no problems on the disc or files and the machine reboots. However, when I then try to defrag this partition, the same routine starts again with the message that a chkdsk is scheduled!....... I have checked the drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics, and it gets a clean bill of health. Any thoughts?

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Can you tell us some more about your drive total layout, i.e. what are all the partitions, what's the size of each, especially this troublesome F, is there specific content on F that may be "special" in some way, etc. - anything you can think of... I don't use the Windows defrag program, so I can't imagine (yet) why it doesn't want to cooperate on this one partition. Have you defragged any other partitions besides G?

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    It is an 80MB drive - 15MB for C - Operating system and most of the programmes, F(10MB) is mainly the Data with the odd programme, G (10MB) is the backup, software download partition and the last partition H is for video editing (39MB). I have managed to defrag F in the past. The only other odd feature of the machine recently is that after a hibernation it takes a very long time to come to life. I am using Norton Antivirus 2003, ZoneAlarm Pro, and both are up-to-date. I also regularly run Spy-Bot and AdAware plus the new beta Microsoft offering, so I believe the machine to be as clean as I can make it. I do need to have a go at the C partition, but I need to increase its size as currently there is only 7% spare and defrag was 10-15. I will have to crank up Partition Magic.

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    I would hope that you are talking GB, not MB! You may find that this Technet article <!mskb=314835>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 314835<!/mskb> might assist with CHKDSK (in combination with the Help information from CHKDSK /?). What switches are you using for CHKDSK at present?

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Sorry, I did mean GB! I have used /f and /r. When check disc has done the full 5 stages, it shows no errors but when I then try to defrag I get this wretched message that says a defrag is scheduled and the circuit goes on and defrag is thus impossible.

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    <hr>...I have managed to defrag F in the past... <hr>
    Since you mentioned free space on the C: drive, what about the problem F:? Since it's "only" 10 gig, might there be a borderline space problem on it?

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Unfortunately not - both F and G partitions are 10GB and both have over 6GB free. The C drive is about 15GB but only has a little over 1GB free at present. If I try to defrag that, I do NOT get any chkdsk messages - I just get reminded that there is not enough space to defrag properly. Hence my need to increase the C partition at the expense of H.

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Man, I know I'm really stretching here, but is it possible that there's one or more very large files on that drive that for some reason could be causing a problem? Otherwise, all I can think of is that maybe there's something "unique" to NTFS that I don't know about...

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    I'm also reaching here, but I'd bet that if you make the size change on C (take about 14 GB from H and add it to C) that your defrag problem will go away. If you don't have enough free space to defrag C properly, it might also be interfering with your ability to defrag other partitions on the same drive as well. I'd advise against skimping on the space allocated to C. It's your primary and where the OS lives and works. It needs space to do it's work from time to time. You should be able to do all your video editing with 25 GB of space on H. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    Before you start messing around with the partitions, be sure that you backup any data that you care about and can't easily replace or duplicate. You might also run chkdsk on all the partitions before you do anything else, just to be sure there are no problems that might interfer with your repartitioning efforts. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    You can check out some of the links here: Google Search: chkdsk dirty. Also, check out "Check Disk" on Kelly Theriot's C Page - Windows XP from A to Z.

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    As long as we're on the subject, I tried not to say this because I don't THINK it's behind your problem. But for what it's worth, you should really think about buying a 3rd-party defragger as the version accompanying Windows leaves a lot to be desired for most folks. My personal preference is: Raxco Software Windows Products - PerfectDisk 7.0 a choice shared by a number of other Loungers.

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Second that !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Third it

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Thank you for your post and thanks to all other loungers who have responded to my frustrating problem. I did back up files and partitions for safety and then ran Partition Magic and increased my C partition. When it came to moving the F partition it appeared to move all right. At the end of the resizing and partition moving the machine then rebooted, and yes it did a chkdsk on partition F. I managed to defrag C, which was very fragmented although it was defragged not long ago. I was then delighted to find that the F partition defragged without the dreaded message, and as far as I can see the machine is now back to its normal self. So it seems likely that the shortage of free space on the C partition was at least a contributory factor.

    Thanks again for all loungers support and advice. I can now get back to using the machine for what I need to!

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    Re: XP Home defrag chkdsk f

    Hey, great job - glad you got 'r done! An "attaboy" for the day to Doc for his idea, too.

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