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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Question nature:  <<Defragmentation restarts continuously>>
while running the defrag program the "drives contents changed restarting" message
is continually interrupting the process. the program restarts, "reading drive info"
and "defrag file system" begins again. I have turned off the screen saver and all
programs and the restart continues until the  process takes forever. How can I stop
all of the false starts and get the defrag to work through till the end.
Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Before defragmentation, you have to take several preparation works (see the precautions listed below).
Afterwards, you may try to defrag either at safe mode or at the command mode.


1)  Clean all internet cache file, *.tmp files.
    Method :
    At control panal, internet options, General Tab, Temporary Internet Files,
    Click into [Delete Files] , it will clear all internet cache files.

2)  Do scandisk /fix.
    Method :
    At Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - ScanDisk, at drive letter,
    checked the box, [x] Automatically fix errors. Click [Start] to perform.

    Or go to the Command mode,
    at c:\ prompt type " scandisk /all /Autofix " without quotation.
    It will clear all *.tmp errors.

3)  Disable the screen-saver and/or any suspend mode in power management (turn the power scheme "always on" at the control panal-power management properties).

4)  Excessive disk activity by other programs can interfere with defragmentation, and may cause Disk Defragmenter to restart frequently and take an inordinate amount of time to complete. If this happens, close all programs while Disk Defragmenter is running.  eg. (antivirus protection programs - Norton, Mcafee, pc-cillin), turn off firewall type program (@guard 3.2).

5)  If you use CTRL-ALT-DEL to close all programs , while finding a program like "Wucrtupd"- is the WindowsUpdate notification.

    This resided program being opened has influenced the scandisk and defragmentation.

    One way is to open the task scheduler and stop the function of WindowsUpdate Notification before scandisk/defragmentation.

    If you think you do not need this, try to go to the Add/remove programs in control panel, Uninstall it.

    Or you can go to the WindowsUpdate site to download the most advanced version of WindowsUpdate notification version 3.0 . Then new patch will correct this.

Then carry out defragmentation in win98 normal mode as usual proper procedure....

-- OR --  

Boot the pc to safe mode, Use <CTRL-ALT-DEL> to end most of the tasks except the explorer and systray. Then do defragementation.

-- OR --


C:\Defrag <ENTER>    This command controls Windows 98 Disk Defragmenter.

The problem will be solved.


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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
linda101698Author Commented:
You are Welcome!  Thanks for your contributions to the site :-)
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