Basic System Maintenance – Scandisk & Defrag
Q: The computer WONT DEFRAG. It gets up to 4% then starts again at zero. tried it 1/2 doz times and does the same thing each time HELP……
A: Does it scandisk? Scanning the disk and keeping it in good order is much more important than defraging it, though defrag is important too. The main reason I ask is that the first 7% of the defrag is actually checking the disk for errors.
The other thing to look for is other programs that are open that might be reading from or writing to the disk. Close down your virus checker and anything else you can, and then run a scandisk and then a defrag. If you have to, Ctl-Alt-Delete and End Task everything except Explorer and Systray and then try.