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Jeff
10-29-2005, 03:38 PM
One of my hard drives is very badly defragmented. So bag, that the default application that Windows uses for defragmenting doesn't even work on it. It will go to 15 or 20 %, and then say it is done, but some files couldn't be defragmented and there's barely any change. The last couple times I tried it only got to 3% and then said it was done. Is there any good, free defragmenting software anybody uses or knows of that will solve this problem?

Zappa_0
10-29-2005, 03:50 PM
I would say one of your best options is to reformat your hard drive. Maybe someone else has another suggestion.

narfblat
10-29-2005, 03:58 PM
Transfer some of the stuff to another hard drive, so it will have room to move the files around. Get rid of some stuff that you never use.

jon_hill987
10-30-2005, 03:31 AM
The reason for the problems is probably that the hard disk is too full, think of it like playing freecell, if you didn't have the 4 places to put cards up the top (free disk space) you wouldn't be able to do it. I think narfblat has hit the nail on the head here.

Alegis
10-30-2005, 03:47 AM
There are some good defragmenting programs out there which get the job done much faster. Diskeeper is an example.

lassev
10-30-2005, 05:45 AM
The Windows Defragmenter actually requires 15% free space, according to the Help file. If less is available, the results are worse than optimal.

Also keep in mind that if you are defragmenting the system disk (or partition) it would be best to start in safe mode so that as few as possible files would be unmovable.

StormHammer
10-30-2005, 07:10 AM
I've found it also helps if you divide a large disk into more manageable partitions - the defragmentation process doesn't take as long, for one thing.

Jeff
10-30-2005, 09:27 AM
There are some good defragmenting programs out there which get the job done much faster. Diskeeper is an example.
Thank you :)
The Windows Defragmenter actually requires 15% free space, according to the Help file. If less is available, the results are worse than optimal.I have more than 15% free.
Also keep in mind that if you are defragmenting the system disk (or partition) it would be best to start in safe mode so that as few as possible files would be unmovable.I'll try that out. I noticed there were some unmovable files while I was (attemting to be) defragmenting.
I've found it also helps if you divide a large disk into more manageable partitions - the defragmentation process doesn't take as long, for one thing.
How would I go about doing this?

Lady Jedi
10-30-2005, 01:02 PM
This link (http://tinyurl.com/dqwhp) might help with partitioning.

Also, I recommend taking some time to go through all of your files and programs and delete everything that you don't need or haven't used in a long time. I did that with one of my systems and it's working a lot better now. :)

Kurgan
10-30-2005, 01:15 PM
CD/DVD burners are your friends when it comes to freeing up disk space!