why won't my computer hard disk check or defrag

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Old 01-01-03, 06:02 AM
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why won't my computer hard disk check or defrag

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Here we go again with never ending computer problems. I have Windows 98 SE OS. IBM Aptiva, 600mhz., Celeron chip. My problem is when I activate the Maintenance Wizard to check hard disk, defrag, and delete unnecessary files: there is no progression in any of these areas and everything just stays at 0%. I closed off the internet and screen saver so there would be no interference but no luck. Actually my work computer won't defrag either with win98 but I don't care because it's not mine. I leave that to the Systems guys to worry about. So does anyone have any idea what the problem might be or are familiar with the same problem and have the answer. Thanks again everyone. Golfnut.
 
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Old 01-01-03, 09:40 AM
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With my system I have to go in and do each of the maintenance programs individually. I do it in this order: disk cleanup, disk check and then defrag. I make sure that in disk cleanup that I have actually cleaned up everything, and also do any removal of unused programs at that time.

Something that I've had to do recently with the defrag is to do it in safe mode. Even with everything unloaded before I start except for explorer and systray, it would still stop at 10% and never go any further. I have also discovered that if it has been a very long time since I've defrag'd that it helps to do the simple defrag in the options box, instead of arranging the progs so they run faster. After the simple defrag, I reboot and do a rearrange defrag.

I also run Win 98SE.

I hope this helps, please post back and let us know! Happy New Year!

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Old 01-01-03, 09:50 AM
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Defrag in Win98 will usually not run (actually it will, but it will keep on starting again from 0 every time a program will access the disk). You'll need to disable the AV usually, along with any programs which will check for internet connectivity (such as real player, etc). Also, run a scan disk first.
 
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Old 01-01-03, 10:58 AM
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Run it from Safe Mode, it's just easier that way. You already have everything disabled for you, and since your running maintainance progs you won't need access to any other progs until it's done.

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Old 01-01-03, 11:21 AM
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Can you set up the scheduler to go into safe mode before it starts this? I've always done it manually since I don't know how to make it unload things or go into safe mode.

It would be nice for all that to happen on its own while I'm asleep! I just usually do the housecleaning, and then start defrag before I go to sleep.

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Old 01-01-03, 11:28 AM
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I'm not sure, but I don't think you can automatically shut-down and restart in Safe Mode (unless maybe there's a command-line option to the shutdown command that does this, but I don't know of one.) If there is a way, you would still have to setup the computer to run Check and Defrag when it starts Safe Mode. Of course, the problem with that, Safe Mode doesn't start anything, that's why it's Safe

So, to answer your question, No, you can't do it (at least, if you can, it wouldn't be smart to do.)

Now, on the other hand, you might be able to run a psuedo-Safe Mode, in other words, run Win without any startup options, etc. Then just have the Check and Defrag run. When it's done, shut down and restart normally. Again, it would take some command-line options, etc to do this (if it's even possible then.)
 
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