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C. Mata
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 4:24 pm:   

I know it is something I am doing, but I don't know what. If I did know what I was doing I wouldn't do it any more. There is something running that is causing the fragmentation. When I try to do a defrag whatever it is doing keeps changing the drive and my system (windows 98) has to start all over again. If I bypass the desktop (holding down the shift key and starting in safe mode) I can get a defrag completed. How do I find out what the heck is going on? I have gone through my books and can't find what I need. When I hold down the control,alt, and delete buttons it will show what is running, but how do I find out which one is the culpret?
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 4:55 pm:   

it's a background program that is running and making changes as the disk is being defragmented. safe mode is ok to use to defragment. only explorer is running, i wouldn't be worried about it, just set some time that you're not going to use the pc for awhile and run defrag in safe mode. then reboot to normal mode, you're all set.
v (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 6:56 pm:   

Having the screen saver enabled is a sure defrag killer. I don't use a screen saver anymore but when i did I'd rack my brain on what was stopping defrag. More than once.

You can go to start>run>msconfig>startup tab to see more of what is running in the background at startup. Unchecking checked boxes will disable programs from running at startup.
C. Mata
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:14 am:   

Win & V (Vera)
Thank you for your suggestions I will try them and let you know what happens. A special thank you to V I appreciate your help to find out what is running from my desk top. The odd thing is that with the screen saver on it doesn't mess up, when I turned it off it got worse. Are we having fun yet?
v (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 4:52 pm:   

Here's a utility that shuts down all programs running in the background.

Although as Win points out there's nothing wrong with running defrag in safemode.

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