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Why does my defragger run for five hours and show 0% defragmenting?

We have the Windows ME and are trying to defragment out drives. It has not been done for some time as that is what our salesman advised. The defragmenter that came on the ME is taking a very long time to make zero progress. It has been run for at least five hours and still shows 0% defragmening. What are we doing wrong and how can you help?

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Well, it is hard to guess the issue you have with the defragger. Here are some hints you should check:

a) Do you have enough free space left? Especially, do you have enough continous free space? See the cluster view for details: are the blocks scuttered around -> low continous free space, blocks are neatly arranged -> good free space conditions.

b) Are applications running while you defrag? Maybe they lock files accessed by the defragger?

c) Run scandisk to check your file system integrity. This should be okay, but just to be sure.

This was first published in June 2002

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