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From: SlabTzu on 06/04/2001
What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.

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From: FRANCIS on 07/29/2002


: : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

:
: : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.
: _______________________________________________________

: Hello everybody

: Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
: After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
: screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
: "Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
: take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
: will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
: reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
: Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
: suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
: Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

: *.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

: It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
: few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
: how many MB of junk can be there.
: Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
: with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
: Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
: Address box and hit Enter key :

: http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

: You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
: file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
: It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
: you can replace for good the Defrag.exe from C:\Windows with

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From: Gerald on 02/08/2002


:
: : : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

: :
: : : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.
: : _______________________________________________________

: : Hello everybody

: : Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
: : After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
: : screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
: : "Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
: : take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
: : will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
: : reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
: : Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
: : suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
: : Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

: : *.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

: : It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
: : few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
: : how many MB of junk can be there.
: : Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
: : with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
: : Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
: : Address box and hit Enter key :

: : http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

: : You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
: : file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
: : It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
:

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From: tom on 01/09/2002


: : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

:
: : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.


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From: tom on 01/09/2002


:
: : : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

: :
: : : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.


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From: BOB on 09/02/2001

: I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!


: : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.


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From: SlabTzu on 06/21/2001
: Hello everybody

: Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
: After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
: screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
: "Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
: take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
: will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
: reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
: Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
: suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
: Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

: *.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

: It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
: few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
: how many MB of junk can be there.
: Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
: with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
: Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
: Address box and hit Enter key :

: http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

: You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
: file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
: It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
: you can replace for good the Defrag.exe from C:\Windows with the new one
: so you can start it from Start>Run.

: I visited


Thanks for the info, I downloaded that new Defrag update and it actually worked!!! But I was not able to scan disk in "thorough" nor in "standard". The only time it runs scandisk is when the computer is shut off improperly, but it does not give you the option to do a "thorough" scan. I have important programs that still cant run because of this. If you have any other idea I'd appreciate it because you have given me the best advise so far, and I have asked many, many, many people.


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From: SlabTzu on 06/21/2001


: : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

:
: : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.
: _______________________________________________________

: Hello everybody

: Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
: After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
: screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
: "Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
: take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
: will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
: reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
: Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
: suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
: Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

: *.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

: It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
: few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
: how many MB of junk can be there.
: Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
: with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
: Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
: Address box and hit Enter key :

: http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

: You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
: file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
: It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
: you can replace for good the Defrag.exe from C:\Windows with

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From: SlabTzu on 06/13/2001
Thanks alot for your help. It is the most helpful information I recieved as of yet. But there is a problem. The scandisk doesnt work either. It works when the PC is shut off improperly, but not when asked to or on thorough mode at all. And it says the same nonsence about memory and that I should shut off another program and try again. They were all shut off! Im going to try to download that winME upgrade and see how that goes. But yeah your probally right. There must be sometype of error on the disk surface, but I cant get to it because of this mystery problem. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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From: SlabTzu on 06/13/2001


: : I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

:
: : : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.
: _______________________________________________________

: Hello everybody

: Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
: After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
: screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
: "Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
: take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
: will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
: reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
: Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
: suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
: Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

: *.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

: It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
: few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
: how many MB of junk can be there.
: Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
: with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
: Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
: Address box and hit Enter key :

: http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

: You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
: file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
: It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
: you can replace for good the Defrag.exe from C:\Windows with

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From: Stefan on 06/08/2001

: I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!


: : What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: : When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: : I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.
_______________________________________________________

Hello everybody

Your problem is because errors on the HD.The solution:
After closing all running programs in the background and turn off the
screen saver,go to Start>Run and type Scandisk-hit OK;switch on
"Thorough" and check "Automatically fix errors" and hit Start.This can
take 1 hour or more,because you have a big HDisk and the entire area
will be scanned (and encountered error will be fixed).When it is over
reboot your PC and keep pressing Ctrl key until Startup Menu pops up.
Select "Safe Mode" and hit Enter .When you're back to Windows,you
suppose to start Defrag,but it's better to clean up your system first:
Start>Find>Files or Folders and type in Named box the following:

*.tmp,*.chk,*.bak,*.gid,*.old, *.da0,*.$$$

It's even better to copy and paste the above line as it is.There are a
few sort of unnecessary files which fill up the HD. and you may be surprised
how many MB of junk can be there.
Another thing would be to upgrade the Windows defragmenter(Defrag.exe)
with the new version of WinME,which works great with all W9x .
Here you have a direct download link(copy and paste it in your browser
Address box and hit Enter key :

http://www.easyhome.in.th/tool/Defrag.exe

You can create a New Folder(rename it Defrag) at C:\Defrag and save this
file there;make a shortcut on desktop and run it when you boot in Safe Mode
It's much faster than W98/W98SE defragmenter.When you begin to trust it
you can replace for good the Defrag.exe from C:\Windows with the new one
so you can start it from Start>Run.

I visited

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From: Suzi on 06/06/2001
I'm having EXACTLY the same problem. It's very annoying. When I run scandisk the same thing happens - it won't complete and goes around in circles. I have a Dell PC, 550mhz, 128 RAM, 20 GB HD, Win 98 Second Edition. Someone please help!

: What do you do when you disable the virtual memory, take off all the programs from your startup, disable the screensaver, disable the desktop wallpaper, the taskbar clock, and all other taskbar stuff and you still cant defragment!!!

: When I start the defragment program it starts like normal, but before it gets to 1 percent it restarts claiming that the something in the drive changed and then it claims that I need more memory and that I should try turning off one or more programs and try again!!!

: I have some very important programs that I can not operate until I defrag my 40 gig harddrive! I dont know if this has something to do with my 850 AMD K7 Athlon processor or if the hard drive is too big? By the way my OS is win98. Is there a freeware program outthere somewhere, where you can do this from DOS? I even downloaded "Power Defrag" and I got the same sorry excuse, that I need more memory? I dont understand this, because my memory is 256. I dont think its a memory problem. Can anyone please help me with this mystery? My life is basically on hold until I resolve this.


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