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How do I enable disk defrag on a 256MB HP t5710  thin client running Win XPe?

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I have 2 versions of the t5710 XPe thin client. The 512MB and the 256MB. I have no issues with the 512MB. I am able to run disk defrag just fine. The problem is that on the 256MB model, disk defrag is disabled. It's grayed out. Ive done all the research I can and HP cannot even help. Ive checked into the following REG keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction\
Name: Enable
Type: REG_SZ
Value: N
KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OptimalLayout
Value Name: EnableAutoLayout
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0
Ive set the above to Y and to 1 and even gone as far as to copy all the dfrg.* dll's and such but still, I cannot defrag.

I know what allot of you are thinking: Forget it Pal, it's only XPe on a thin client. Well I need to do this in order to install Altiris BootWorks which is needed to image and push images to these clients using Altiris instead of PXE or a simple thumb drive.

Please help!

Alex
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by:Merete
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Hi Alex just wondering if this is an imaged system the image probably doesn't not come with Defrag tool since it's also a thin client.
Also is there any real need to defrag 256 megs of space?
Any space problems if it's full
You can try to copy from XP PRO or use other 3rd party tools.
http://soft.softoogle.com/ap/defraggler-download-7112.shtml
http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/defragmentation.shtml


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by:3mCanada
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Hi Merete,

Well yes and no to your question. No there is no need to defrag 256 MB of space. I have a decent amount of free space. Im' not worried about that. I need to defrag a 5MB partition (Altiris Bootworks Partition). See I have to create the partition so some utilities needed to gain access to my network can be installed there. Unfortunately the job used to create this partition, requires it to be defragmented before it will load the utilities. There is no way to tell it not to defrag the 5MB partition. Does this info help at all?

P.S. I'd use PXE but our routers block PXE traffic and I'm not authorized to make changes, nor will the admins make the changes.
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by:3mCanada
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Hi Merete,

Forgot to mention: I already tried copying what I think are all the dfrg files (only found 5) I needed but I get and error saying defrag is not supported.
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by:Merete
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Hi 3mCanada, have you tried the cmd prompt?
DFRG.MSC: opens disk defragmenter
CLEANMGR: opens disk drive clean up utility
because it's a limited version you may not be able to use the dfrg tool.
I suppose you don't have safemode or such either?
Any chance you can slave the hard drive?
Really I am out of my experience range here please forgive my layman ideas :)



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Well,

I give up. I've moved on! If anyone ever reads this question and has an answer, PLEASE let me know ;)
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