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Hello there, now here's my problem. I'm currently runnig Windows XP Pro on a Maxtor 80GB harddrive. I've been using it for abt a year now. Up till abt a mth ago everything was going fine, but then i started having some probelms, like slow speed, system hangs. So what i did was to completely delete the old OS running on this disk and reinstalling Windows (while retaining my old files).

The thing is, now that the new OS is up, i'm having problems defragmenting the drive properly. I'm using Deekeeper Pro to do this and everytime, it stops at 12%. The program tells me it has finished its task. But running Diskeeper again reveals that my HD is still heavily fragmented:

Volume fragmentation:  98%
Data fragmentation:      96%

Any suggestions on how i can successfully fragment my drive while keeping my 60gigs of data would be very much appreciated. Thank you so much for your time :p

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mowgli1977 earned 400 total points
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I'm using DK Pro as well. As far as my experience is concerned... these were what I used to to in the past...

1. Shut down all running background processes, or perhaps disable some programs and services that run at startup.
2. Put the setting to 'Maximize Performance' for manual defragmentation.
3. Start the defragmentation process.

Usually this works well for me, leaving 1 or 2 files still defragmented.
But if you really want that pretty colourful bars sitting next to each other without gaps in between, defrag the HDD by choosing the option 'defrag at next boot time'. This takes about 20-30mins to complete.



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Many times, a hard drive is so fragmented that just defragging it once won't help. Try using Diskeeper's Set it and Forget It feature, which allows you to specify a time or computer state during which the program automatically defrags your drive. Let it go another couple of weeks, and see if you find any improvement.
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