cant perform defrag

Dell Inspiron 1501 notebook
August 3, 2009 at 06:31:34
Specs: Windows XP
I have been trying to defrag my laptop without success. When I go into defrag and analyse it tells me that it cannot perform the action as a chkdsk is scheduled to run.
i have performed the follwoing actions to get to this but no luck.

Start.
Run.
CMD.exe
chkdsk /f
The response was:

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) Y enter

This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts. So then I clicked

Start
turn off
restart
When the system restarted i had the light blue page appear with the follwing message (this took me several attempts to get as it disappeared so quickly)

type of file is ntfs
one of your drives needs checking for consistency, it is strongly recommended that you continue.
disk checking has been cancelled.
windows has finished checking the disk.
It then continues to start up in the normal way but i am still unable to perform the defrag. By the way there is 58% memory aavailable.

can anyboday give me any advise to sort this problem out

Thanks Moo


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#1
August 3, 2009 at 07:21:15
Defrag has very little affect on the performance of Windows on modern faster computers. If Windows is running a lot slower than it should, running Defrag won't help much at all - your real problem is you have one or more other problems that are causing Windows to run slower than it should that you need to fix.

"When I go into defrag and analyse it tells me that it cannot perform the action as a chkdsk is scheduled to run."

That will only happen if you have already run chkdsk /f yourself at the cmd propmpt, or if there is something seriously wrong and Windows wants chkdsk to run.

"...one of your drives needs checking for consistency, it is strongly recommended that you continue.
disk checking has been cancelled."

Then you run chkdsk /f, let it run to completion the next time the computer boots!

If you get the bluescreen and the message while booting "...one of your drives needs checking for consistency, it is strongly recommended that you continue...."
even when you have NOT run chkdsk /f in Windows cmd mode yourself, that indicates there's something wrong with the data on the partition it's checking, and, probably the hard drive it's on is failing!

Defrag requires that you have at least a minimal amount of free space on C. In addition, if you don't have at least a minimal amount of freespace on C, Windows will run a lot slower than it should - it's quite common for people to have too much data on C on a laptop or notebook computer. How much free space do you have on C, and what's the total size of the C partition?


Lots of programs interfere with Defrag when they run and cause it to re-start many times.
Usually Defrag is able to run to completion in the least amount of time when you boot the computer into Safe mode - try that. Disable any screen saver from running that did not come with Windows in the Display properties - some of them are not properly made and will interfere with Defrag even in Safe mode.


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#2
August 3, 2009 at 07:33:49
would like to do a scan disck but dont have the xp disc as suggested - will it make a difference? you can probabaly tell that i am no techie

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#3
August 3, 2009 at 07:45:33
capacity on volume c is 71.41GB and free space is 41.52gb. I will try to run defrag in safe mode but not really sure how to do this

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#4
August 3, 2009 at 08:08:41
Read this about chkdsk

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555484

To get to safe mode press F8 on boot up.

Defrag will not work if you have less than 10% of disk space.

I see you do.

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#5
August 3, 2009 at 11:41:59
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."

More details....

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.
Run Defrag.
E.g.
Go to Start - Run - type: dfrg.msc (press Enter or click OK).




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