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How do I defrag my external HD completely?
Jan 29th, 2006 at 9:24pm
 
I have a 28 GB external HD that will only partially defrag.  After about 1 1/2 hrs, the XP defrag program tells me that the defrag is complete but that some files  (about  8 gigs worth) CANNOT be defraged. However it gives me no clue as to why or what.

The Norton Ghost-10 recovery points set shows a total of about 13 gigs in use and 15 free.  I believe the the 8 gigs that won't defrag are my XP OS and the stuff from the original backup of my internal HD; the other 5 gigs that did defrag are probably the incrementals done since.

Any ideas about my situation or should I not even worry about it?

Thanks, Ron
 
 
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Reply #1 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 1:12am
 
Ron, try Diskeeper. Here is a trial version. It will tell you what is going on.

http://www.lyonware.co.uk/Diskeeper-DOWNLOAD.htm

You don't need to defrag images. It makes little difference to the restore process.
 
 
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Reply #3 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 8:24pm
 
Brian, amish:

Did the Diskeeper route; works great on internal HD but not on external HD, which I tried twice.

Attached is screen shot of external after about 80 mins of runtime: defrag hangs at 12% almost immediately and stays that way (both times).  Maybe the old Fireball HD can't hack it anymore!?!

Whoops!  Print Scrn shot did not work--lost "Paste" of it----neither will Smilies???

Thanks for help, though....cheers from Destin, Florida, USA
 
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 8:31pm
 
Ron,

How much Free Space do you have on your external HD? You need at least 12 % free.
 
 
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Reply #5 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 8:37pm
 
Hi, Brian:  It was showed 55% free both times.

Ron
 
 
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Reply #6 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 8:43pm
 
Ron, why don't you make a Reatogo/BartPE CD and try defragging from the Preinstallation Environment. I don't know if it will work but it may.

http://www.reatogo.de/

 
 
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Reply #7 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 8:57pm
 
Have you run CHKDSK on the External HD? Any bad sectors?
 
 
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Reply #8 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 9:04pm
 
Brian:  Went to "reatogo" site and its steps/instructions....Way above my paygrade!

Going to bail out...thanks for your time and effort. Smiley

Ron

PS:  Going to delete everything  backed-up, defrag internal, format external, then do a new full backup to the external.  Hopefully nothing blows up Shocked
 
 
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Reply #9 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 9:05pm
 
Will try chkdsk first...Ron

Will let you know if anything changes.
 
 
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Reply #10 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 9:22pm
 
That's fine.

At your leisure, see if this helps you make the Reatogo CD. Next month, next year. It's a CD well worth having.

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/YaBB/YaBB.cgi?board=general;action=display;num=11192...
 
 
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Reply #11 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 10:02pm
 
Did CHKDSK; defrag hangs now at 25 %.  Window came up saying disk is only slightly fragmented...tried  again to do Print Scrn shot to send you but cannot paste it into this window.

Will maybe give that realtogo CD another look lthough I'm not sure what it does.

Thanks again, Brian.

Ron
 
 
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Reply #12 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 10:14pm
 
Brian:  Went to the "reatogo" postings on the forum Shocked and scary to me...thanks, anyway Smiley

Ron
 
 
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Reply #13 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 10:15pm
 
Ron, right click My Computer, Manage, Event Viewer, Application. Find Winlogon in the Source list and double click. Any bad sectors reported?
 
 
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Reply #14 - Jan 30th, 2006 at 10:39pm
 
Went to Application....could not find "Winlogon" anywhere in the Source list.  Looked back about three days worth.  Sorry.
 
 
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