Defrag doesn't work

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Alex, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest

    After functioning properly since I got a new computer with 64-bit Vista
    nearly a year ago, the defragmenter now does its "spinning" for about 5
    minutes and indicates: "Your file system performace can be improved. It is
    recommended that you defragment now."

    When I click on "Defragment now..." it spins again for about 5 minutes and
    repeats the same message. This repeats each time.

    Any advice?
    Alex, Nov 26, 2009
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  2. How much free space is in the HHD ?
    Ǝиçεl, Nov 26, 2009
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  3. Alex

    Alex Guest

    what's an HHD?
    Thanks, Alex

    Alex, Nov 26, 2009
  4. Alex

    Alex Guest

    If you mean my hard drive C, it's got 391 GB free of 451 GB.
    Alex, Nov 26, 2009
  5. Ǝиçεl, Nov 26, 2009
  6. Alex

    SC Tom Guest

    I think Alex's point was that you originally typed HHD, not HDD :)
    SC Tom, Nov 26, 2009
  7. Hi Tom,

    That why I was sure to spell right HDD ( H ard D isk D rive) the second time

    Thanks any way, and have you and the OP (and all) a Happy Thanksgiving Day
    Ǝиçεl, Nov 26, 2009
  8. Alex

    SC Tom Guest

    You, too! I plan on having lots of turkey and stuffing!
    SC Tom, Nov 26, 2009
  9. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Hi to all, and hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    I did a disc check, which I do fairly regularly as routine maintenance, but
    the results indicated no problems (as usual), but the defrag is still doing
    the same thing as I initially described.

    If this can't be fixed, are freeware third-party defraggers such as
    Auslogics or Smart Defrag safe and effective alternatives ?
    Alex, Nov 27, 2009
  10. Hi Alex,

    This may fix things quite a bit. SFC \SCANNOW

    It replaces corrupt files with intact ones.

    Some Windows Vista functions may not work, or Windows Vista may stop


    I'm suÑe someone else will help you if this suggestion doesn't help.

    Let us know what hªppens.

    Good luck

    Ǝиçεl, Nov 27, 2009
  11. Alex

    Alex Guest

    I follwed the instructions on the link, and the sfc /scannow command does
    report that it found some corrupted foles which it ould not fix.

    In step 2, findstr........ the command gives no response, just another C:
    command prompt.

    In step 3, the edit sfcdetails.txt command gives me this result:

    'edit' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operative
    program or batch file

    So, I'm stuck.
    Alex, Nov 28, 2009
  12. Hi Alex,

    A repair install is the usual solution of SFC /Scannow doesn't work

    (ignore the title).
    You receive a "0x80070490" error code when you use Windows Update or
    Microsoft Update Web sites to install updates

    If nothing here helps and you cannot change the settings or use
    system restore then you may have to do a repair install of windows:

    All you do is boot from the CD. When it asks if you want to repair and to
    press "R", don't. Continue with the installation just like you were
    installing for the first time.

    You will then get a license agreement and it will ask you to press F8 to
    agree. Right after that screen, you will see a list of Windows installations
    that setup found. It will ask if you want to repair it. Read the directions
    on that page!!!

    If no previous installations are found, STOP and exit. That usually means
    that your registry is too corrupted for a repair and you will possibly lose
    all your data if you continue.

    Then, you will actually press "R" this time and will re-install.

    When done, you will be back to your familiar desktop with everything looking
    just like it did before. But all your Windows Updates are gone and you will
    need to get those again. If you have any problems booting from CD, set the CD
    to boot earlier than the hard drive in BIOS setup.


    Don't use Defreag, and keep track of any “hiccups†with your system

    Good luck
    Ǝиçεl, Nov 29, 2009
  13. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Sounds like too drastic a solution for what is still not apparently a major

    I may try this if my system slows down to the point where I actually notice'
    cause so far EVERYTHING works firn except for Defrag.
    Alex, Nov 29, 2009
  14. Alex

    Frank-FL Guest

    This is a VISTA newsgroup. What you suggested will only work in XP.
    Frank-FL, Dec 1, 2009
  15. Alex

    Alex Guest

    I decided to re-visit my initial query after one month and found Frank's

    I still have the same problem. Does ANYONE out there know how to fix a
    defrag which just doesn't work? After "defragging" for a while, it always
    just says I need to defrag; this happens over and over....
    Alex, Dec 31, 2009
  16. Alex

    f/fgeorge Guest

    According to all the magazines and others 'experts' defragging is a
    waste of time with todays pc and hard drive technologies. It is a hold
    over from the 'old days' and does nothing more than make us feel good.
    f/fgeorge, Jan 1, 2010
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