April 26, 2009

Window Defrag does not complete

If you have ever used Windows, you have probably worked with the Defrag program used to rearrange blocks of data so the computer runs efficiently.
In order for the Defrag program to complete no data must change on the hard drive. If some data is moved during the defrag operation, then the program restarts. Many times, you can bypass this problem by simply restarting your computer in safe mode and then running defrag. If your computer still does not finish a defrag then continue reading for more hints and help in completing a defrag of your hard drive.

1. Disable Screen Saver, Power Management and more

Window XP/ Vista
To turn off the screen saver follow these steps.
  1. Right-click on the desktop
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click on the Screen Saver tab
  4. Set the Screen Saver to None
  5. Click Ok
2.Close All Running Programs
  1. With no other programs open, Right-click on a blank area on the Start Bar (the area reaching from the Start button to the Time), click on Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Process tab, then click on the User Name heading to group all running processes
  3. Look under the User Name heading for the logged in user
  4. Examine the list of programs running under the user. You should only keep explorer.exe running. To close the other programs, click on a program in the list and choose End Process.
  5. Repeat step 4 until only explorer.exe is left running under the current user.
Now run the defrag program. It should complete.

Extra steps before Defragmenting your Hard Drive

Empty Temp Files and the Recycle Bin
Its always a good idea to empty your recycle bin and delete any temp files before running defrag. Although you can do this manually, I prefer using CCleaner to do this. You can download CCleaner by cliking here.

Turning off Task Scheduler

If you have any scheduled tasks and they start while defrag is running, defrag will have to restart. For this reason, its a good idea to pause the task scheduler while running a defrag. To do this follow these steps.
  1. Click on Start, All Programs
  2. Click on Accessories
  3. Click on System Tools
  4. Click on Scheduled Tasks
  5. On the menu at the top of the screen, click on Advanced
  6. Click on Pause Task Scheduler
  7. Close all open windows
  8. To restart the Task Scheduler, follow steps 1 - 5 above, then click Continue Task Scheduler
Turn off Power Management

Because a defrag of your hard drive may take some time, power management features such as turning off your monitor or hard drives after so many minutes of inactivity might affect the defrag. To turn off power management, follow these steps.
  1. Click on Start, Run
  2. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter
  3. Under Power Schemes set everything to Never and click ok

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