Q

Why can't my defrag get past 1%?

I have been trying to successfully defragment my hard drive for quite some time. When the defragger begins, it keeps going from 0% to 1% -- and then back to 0%. It has never gotten past 1%! Is this normal? I have a Hewlett Packard computer that is running Windows 98.
It is hard to determine the exact issue you are having with your defragger. Here are some things you should investigate:

  • Do you have enough free space left? Specifically, do you have enough continous free space? See the cluster view for details. If the blocks are scattered around, you have low continous free space. If the blocks are arranged neatly, this indicates a good free space condition.

  • Are any applications running while you defrag? They could be locking files the defragger is trying to access.

  • Run scandisk to check your file system integrity. This shouldn't be an issue, but let's make sure.

If none of these hints prove helpful, please get back to me!

This was first published in July 2002

Dig deeper on Windows File Management

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchExchange

SearchSQLServer

SearchWinIT

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchVirtualDesktop

Close