How 2 stop defrag.exe running on XP

June 15, 2005 at 09:51:26
Specs: Windows XP, 128

Hello everyone, please help!! I think I'm stuck in a real big trouble! I have originally been suffering too bad from slow XP... and then I came to know about Tunexp from and downloaded and installed and ran it... Then I accidentally clicked on DEFRAG BOOT FILES.. and then it says.... " Don't stop the process or reboot before the process ends!" ... A percent indicator runs from left to right on a dialogue box and then the dialogue box says... DO NOT END THE DEFRAG BEFOR THE PROCESS IS OVER... I was once again not asked to proceed... the tool just started itself not seeking any confirmation ... And now.. its running defrag.exe in command window showing location of defrag.exe in title bar as :

It has shown a premiminary ANALYSIS REPORT and now my system seem to be extremely busy in defragmenting.... Now I'm just not provided any means to stop this process..

I hear at several places on internet that this process loads data from harddisk to RAM while moving data from one place to another....I hear that if I stop this process, I may loose some important data and even my end up making my system just unfunctional loosing some important system files or crashing my HDD... now I'm really scared since I have 18 GB data to be defragmented out of my 40 GB seagate HDD,, and I remember I never ran defrag on my pc since I bought it 2 years back... Unfortunately its 10 PM here and time to leave for home... now if I try to stop it wth CTRL+C ..... please please help me and tell me if I'm at risk .... Its truly unfortunate to see that even Microsoft or this developer at Driversheaven have just not furnished any detailed info on what happens if the process is terminated in the mid...Why did they created this command line utility in the era of so called this bulls--- XP? Please help and tell me if I'm in some real trouble... Please help...

True thanks to everyone in advance,

{ If I was at Microsoft, I would have fired the developer who made this command line utility with no help or a button to stop this process ... please let me know if I'm in real trouble...]

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June 15, 2005 at 09:56:44

I can not even know how much it is done...

Please help...

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June 15, 2005 at 10:15:31

It's generally not a good idea to stop a defrag in progress.

Certainly not with a reboot.

I would let it run.

Nothing so bad about a command line defrag per se. If you run it a few times a month, it shouldn't take too long. [Not like after two years.]


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.

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June 15, 2005 at 11:40:05

I do not know anything about the program from Driversheaven. But your problem is with your RAM.

Your RAM is too low for XP to run smoothly and efficiently. You should have at least 256 MB of RAM.

It seems you are defragging your boot files. The size of your boot files should be no more than several MB not GB.

Because your RAM is too low, even boot files defrag takes too long.

You should start Task Manager and from Applications Tab, you should click Defrag program and click end process button.

There is nothing wrong with ending a program using Task Manager.



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June 15, 2005 at 23:06:16


I stopped the process in the mid.

Anyway, thanks to god I didn't face a calamity...

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July 3, 2005 at 23:21:12

Still no one answered. I run the defrag at least twice a week if needed, and always analyze the level of fragmentation in each of my HDDs, still, if the computer is idle for a while, defrag starts going in the background, I can hear the disks defragmenting, and when going to the windows task manager (control+alt+sup) it does show defrag.exe running.

Any way to stop it from running automatically? I want to keep on doing all my defrags MANUALLY. Please help me out


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July 8, 2005 at 07:41:33

defrag.exe is probablly running from scheduled tasks after a certain amount of idle time. Check your scheduled tasks under Accessories. If it is there either adjust the schedule or delete the task altogether.

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