Originally Posted by mike devon |
I have a large number of fragmented files about 35% of disc, no matter how many times I run the defragment facility it just ends quickly without clearing the problem up. |
Question can I delete those files or is there some way of forcing the defragment program to work
In XP, usually there are 3 reasons why a drive cannot be fully defragged:
(1) Fragmented system files such as the $MFT and Page File. The XP defragger is unable to process these. None of the 'freeware' defragmenters can process these either to the best of my knowledge.
(2) Insufficient free disk space. A minimum of 15% is necessary not not always sufficient.
(3) Heavy file fragmentation (incl large files). The XP defragger simply chokes on the files in this scenario.
Sometimes, it's a combination of the above.
I suggest you first do a disk cleanup to clear out some space. Right click on the drive in My Computer and select Disk Cleanup from Properties. Then defrag again.
You can head over to the Diskeeper website and grab the free trial version of Diskeeper 2008 professional (works for 30 days) and use it to defrag. It's a very powerful and versatile defragger, and will easily clean up the fragmentation on your drive.