Solved Win XP attempts to defrag HP Recovery partition on startup

May 23, 2012 at 14:48:25
Specs: Windows XP, intel core 2, 1.86 gig / 3 gig RAM
Recently, every time I boot the PC, running XP home ed. there is a cute little icon in the task bar. Icon looks like a hard drive. Right click, left click, doesn't matter. I get a flash of something that is too fast to read even with screen capture, and it wants me to defrag D: (The recovery partition). How can I get this to stop, I've gone through msconfig and nothing seems awry, but am hesitant to regedit unless I can get some good advise here. Or is it more simple than that and I'm missing something?
Thanks in advance!! No, really...

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May 24, 2012 at 15:26:14
You could try loading a System Restore restore point that has a time and date just before this first happened. There's no risk in doing that.
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Or try this...

Start - Run - type: cmd , press Enter.

Type: regedit , press Enter.

Then visit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, and click on the Run subkey on it on the left

If you see a line on right side with defrag d: -f in it, or defrag d: anything, RIGHT click on the name at the beginning of the line on the right side and select Delete.

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If that doesn't help. make sure the Registry is set to the beginning of it.

Click on My computer at the top of the list on the left side to highlight it.

Click on Edit in the top bar, click on Find, type in: defrag d:
Click on Find next.

If it finds something, look on the right side of the screen.

If you see a line on right side with defrag d: -f or defrag d: anything in it, RIGHT click on the name at the beginning of the line on the right side and select Delete.

Press F3 to search for more instances of it until the end of the Registry is reached.

(There no instance of defrag d: anything anywhere in my Registry in XP.)



#1
May 23, 2012 at 14:59:00
Have you ever written (saved) anything to the restore partition? Does the recovery partition show in My Computer and/or Disk Management?

Could it be another drive or partition or even a flash drive?


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#2
May 23, 2012 at 15:59:17
Never (ever) written anything to the partition, at least not manually..
Yes it shows in my computer with (C:) (E: DVD-RAM) (removable G, H, I) naturally all of these are empty.
Couple screen shots if they take:
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#3
May 23, 2012 at 16:57:38
Did you make your restore disks prior to this starting?

If so, why not let defrag run?

Is it possible someone else wrote to that partition? I don't understand why it is even visible.


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#4
May 24, 2012 at 03:14:56
I don't have an issue with letting it defrag, I have an issue with the mere fact that it starts every time windows boots. Other than that, it has always been visible, but its a locked drive and I'm the only person who uses this PC so it's not possible that anyone has written to it.

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#5
May 24, 2012 at 14:27:19
Do you have a setting in Windows to check that partition? What is the total capacity and free space?

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#6
May 24, 2012 at 14:29:36
using msconfig review what are the startup processes. See if defrag is one of them and if so remove the entry.

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#7
May 24, 2012 at 14:57:12
I went into msconfig again and turned off every startup item. All of them. This little bugger keeps popping up. I think the next step is going to have to be a regedit. Thanks anyway guys !! :-)

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#8
May 24, 2012 at 15:26:14
✔ Best Answer
You could try loading a System Restore restore point that has a time and date just before this first happened. There's no risk in doing that.
......

Or try this...

Start - Run - type: cmd , press Enter.

Type: regedit , press Enter.

Then visit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, and click on the Run subkey on it on the left

If you see a line on right side with defrag d: -f in it, or defrag d: anything, RIGHT click on the name at the beginning of the line on the right side and select Delete.

....

If that doesn't help. make sure the Registry is set to the beginning of it.

Click on My computer at the top of the list on the left side to highlight it.

Click on Edit in the top bar, click on Find, type in: defrag d:
Click on Find next.

If it finds something, look on the right side of the screen.

If you see a line on right side with defrag d: -f or defrag d: anything in it, RIGHT click on the name at the beginning of the line on the right side and select Delete.

Press F3 to search for more instances of it until the end of the Registry is reached.

(There no instance of defrag d: anything anywhere in my Registry in XP.)


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#9
May 25, 2012 at 08:24:07
Great answer brother!! I did a regedit last night, amazing what you find hiding in there. Anyway what never occurred to me is to "search term" defrag :-P
That startup item was hiding under my computer cleanup path /D %c.
Thanks a bunch!!!!

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#10
May 25, 2012 at 19:15:43
We're glad to hear you solved your problem !

Do you any clue what event it was after which this problem started ?

I'd never heard of it before.

Defrag normally runs on one partition at a time.
I found a reference for making a batch file for general purposes that defragged however many partitions you specified, one after the other, defrag d: -f was one of the lines in that, so I figured in your case that or similar should be in the Registry somewhere.


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