Hard drive is sputtering - should i defragment?
Posted on 2005-04-20
Running XP pro on a dell , 380 RAM, 40GB HD.
My Pc has been sputtering lately and i thought it was because i installed zone alarm but it is still slow even with ZA off. The hard drive tries to access web sites, and it sometimes loads the page and sometimes it doesn't. I tried running Disk Doctor via Norton systemworks but i got a message saying " the operating system, or another process, currently has exclusive access to this drive, or some of its files. Norton disk Doctor cannot continue with a repair under these conditions." If i schedule it to be scanned and repaired it will do it, but no error messages or fixed issues occur. I tried runing norton Speed Disk, which "optimizes" the drive, and this worked yesterday, and today the PC was ok as soon as i turned it on, but then got slower very quickly. should i defregament via Diskeeper?Thanks to all.