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Why does defrag keep stopping on Windows 98?

I am working with Windows 98. I have tried several times to run defrag and it will run to 10%, 71% or 68% and then stop and say the drive contents have changed before starting all over again and running through the defrag up to where it stopped before. I finally got the machine to run scan disk and it stopped 2 times before it completed and said there weren't any errors. I have turned off my Norton and my screen saver and there isn't anything else running that I know of. Can you help?

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It's hard for me to guess the exact issue you have with your defragger. Here are some hints you may find useful:

  • Do you have enough free space left? In particular, do you have enough continous free space? See the cluster view for details. Are the blocks scattered around or neatly arranged?

  • Are applications running while you defrag? Maybe they lock files accessed by the defragger. Make sure you close all your applications before running the defragger.

  • Run scandisk to check your file system's integrity just to be sure this isn't an issue.

    If these hints are not successful, please get back to me!

    This was first published in June 2002

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