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    Defragging Hard drives

    I was just doing a defrag on my wife's PC (Windows XP Pro) and all the data in My Documents is about 22.0 Gigs.

    After I ran defrag twice, I keep getting a message when it's over saying 18.2 Gigs of the data in My Documents cannot be defragged.

    Anybody have any idea what's going on with this?
    I've never seen this problem before.

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    open files

    Did you make sure there were no other processes running during the defrag? Files that are "in use" can't be defragged.
    Do you have enough free memory for defrag to make copies and shuffle things around?

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    I'm in the process of checking for spyware.

    Something fishy is going on because Spybot Search & Destroy has mysteriously been disabled on her machine, so I'm re-installing that now and running a scan.

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    Make sure you haven't given something an illegal file name. Windows has several characters that cannot be used in file names especially things like forward and backward slashes. I've done it myself when I have downloaded something and not renamed it. Defrag just comes to a grinding halt.
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    use defragmenting softwares instead of built in tool.

    I use one, and when I start the software, the PC reboots and the software dont let anyother process to start but itself.

    so, such softwares do a complete defragmentation


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