|XP does not have scandisk like Win 95 to ME do - it has chkdsk. |
You don't need an XP CD to run chkdsk.
To run it, go to Start - Run
type: cmd (press Enter or click on OK).
type: chkdsk /f c: (press Enter)
(there is a space between chkdsk and /f, and between /f and c:)
(chkdsk without the /f switch will find but won't correct (fix) any problems found)
You will see something like:
"The type of file is NTFS
cannot lock the current drive
chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process
would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) "
You press Y, enter.
Then you see something like:
"This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts."
Close the black cmd mode window, by either typing: exit (press Enter), or click on the large X top right in the window.
Reboot the computer, if you want chkdsk to run right away - or in any case it will want to run the next time you boot the computer.
When you reboot the computer the next time
You will see a blue screen and messages similar to the following:
"type of file is ntfs
one of your drives needs checking for consistency, it is strongly recommended that you continue."
DO NOT press any keys while that message is on the screen if you want chkdsk to run! The choice of not running it will time out (after 5 or 10 seconds) and it will run automatically if you don't press any keys.
It is recommended you run chkdsk whenever you get that blue screen, whether or not you deliberately ran chkdsk /f yourself or not.
"...capacity on volume c is 71.41GB and free space is 41.52gb."
Ok, so you have plenty of free space, so that's not what is causing defrag to not run or Windows to run slower than it should, if that's what your problem is.
"I will try to run defrag in safe mode but not really sure how to do this"
clive pearce said:
"To get to safe mode press F8 on boot up."
Remove any bootable disks you have in CD or DVD drives.
Reboot or start up the computer, and press F8 repeatedly, don't hold down the key, starting early in the boot, e.g. just after the mboard beeps, or just after the led on your monitor display turns to green, or whatever color it is when you have video.
You will see a text list of boot choices - choose Safe Mode, or Safe mode with networking.
You will see a lot of text strings about things that are loading, then what's on thescreen won't change for a short while - Windows will usually load slower than it normally does.
When the text clears, answer Yes or OK to the message in the window that pops up that asks you whether you want to use Safe mode.
Go to Start - Run - type: dfrg.msc (press Enter or click OK).