Running XP pro on my laptop and can never seem to get completely through the defragmentation process the windows defrag utility seems to invariably hang up. Anyone know much about why this is?
From what I recall, the XP defragmenter did not run very well while the PC was in use (some even say that it would re-start when the screensaver would start operating, etc. and so would never complete).
I recall a recommendation that worked OK wherein you would disable the screen saver and then press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to get into task manager and shut down everything but the explorer and sys tray (or something like that) and then it would run OK (although you'd have to leave it on all night).
On the other hand, you could get a good third party defrag program like Harvey suggests and defrag your disks automatically.
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