I have a Toshiba Sattelite that I bought in October 1999, and it's never been defragmented. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to PCs, and this particlular machine has grown incredibly slow over time. I started defragmenting it last night, and this morning, it said only 1 percent was complete. I'm fearing it'll say the exact same thing when I get home tonight. Any tips would be appreciated as I'm not sure if I'm doing anything wrong. I did turn off the screensaver and shut all other programs down before beginning the procedure. Thanks.
The computer you mentioned should have a disk below 10 gigabytes. This may take up to a day, but certainly no longer. I think your issue might be larger files that the defragger is unable to move. Or perhaps some other applications are locking files and this is not being handled correctly.
I reccomend trying a third-party defragger. There are several tools available online -- just conduct a simple search. If you run Windows XP, I would recommend trying O&O Defrag.
This was first published in June 2002