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Problems defragging in Windows XP Home edition

I am unable to complete defragging in Windows XP Home edition. I have SP2 and Windows XP completely updated. All other programs, Internet and e-mail run normally. My computer is spyware and virus free. What could be causing my problem?

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If your hard drive has less than 20% of its total space free, the defragmenter will not be able to fully defragment the drive. Try moving data files/documents/MP3s to another drive temporarily (even burning them to CD will help) to allow the defragmenter to do its job. Also, there are certain operating system files on your hard drive that cannot be moved during the defragmentation process, so there will be a few files that won't be optimized no matter how much free space you have.

This was first published in April 2005

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