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Locked by a disk utility

When i defragment my computer there's ab error in defragmenting that say's windows cannot defragment this drive now because it has been locked by a disk utility, quit any utilitites that may have locked this drive and try defrasmenting again. what does it mean? and what should i do to proceed in defragmentation?

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Defragment the drive while in Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode restart your computer. When it's restarting (about 2 seconds after the shutdown has finished) repeatedly press the F8 key on your keyboard. After a few seconds this will cause a display to appear on your monitor screen which offers several choices for booting up. Use the Up or Down arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight "Start in safe mode" then hit the Enter/Return key to select that startup option. After 15 or 20 seconds Windows will load and your display screen will ask if you want Safe Mode or to use System Restore. Choose to continue in Safe Mode. After several more seconds it will be fully loaded. Now run Defragmenter.

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What operating system are you using? Screen-savers sometimes cause problems with defrag, so try shutting off your screen-saver...if you're using one.

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How to derag the HP Computer? Manuals for WIndow 8.1 or Window 10?


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<span> How to defrag your hard drive in Windows XP<br /> <br /> 1. Open My Computer<br /> <br /> 2. Next right click and select Properties on the drive that you want Defragment.<br /> <br /> 3. Click on the Tools tab<br /> <br /> </span><img src="issken_16.PNG" /> <br /><span> 4. Click on the Defragment Now button<br /> <br /> 5. Select the drive you want to defrag if you computer has more than one drive and click on the Defragment button.<br /> <br /> </span><img src="issken_17.PNG" /> <br /><span> 6. When the Defragment complete you will get a message that states "Defragmentation is complete for:". At this point you can click ether on the on the View Report button or the Close button.<br /> <br /> </span><img src="issken_18.PNG" /> <br /><span> If you click on the on the Close button you will be taken back to the Disk Defragmenter Window. However if you click on the View Report button this will open of the Defragmentation Report. This report will show the stats on the drive after the defrag and any files that were not defragmented fully.<br /> <br /> </span><img src="issken_19.PNG" /> <br /><span> You can print the report or save it you a text file your future reference. After you are done with the report click on the Close button.<br /> <br /> 7. When done with Disk Defragmenter utility click on the "X" in the upper right to close the utility.<br /></span>

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How to speed up your computer's performance?


<p><b>Information:</b><br /> <p>There are some few guidelines that you can follow to maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. <br /> <p><b>Free Up Disk Space</b><br /> <p>By freeing disk space, you can improve the performance of your computer. The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk. The utility identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.<br /> <p><b>Use Disk Cleanup to:</b><br /> <p>&bull; Remove temporary Internet files.<br />&bull; Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).<br />&bull; Empty the Recycle Bin.<br />&bull; Remove Windows temporary files.<br />&bull; Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.<br />&bull; Remove installed programs that you no longer use.<br /> <p> <br /> <p> <br /> <p><b>Tip:</b> Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.<br /> <p> <br /> <p><b>To use Disk Cleanup</b><br /> <p>1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.<br /> <p> <br /> <p> <br /> <p>Disk Cleanup calculates the amount of space you will be able to free.<br /> <p>2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.<br /> <p> <br /> <p> <br /> <p>Choose the files that you want to delete.<br /> <p>3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.<br /> <p>4. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes. <br /> <p>After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.<br /> <p> <br /> <p> <br /> <p><b>Speed Up Access to Data</b><br /> <p>Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.<br /> <p>Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.<br /> <p><b>Run Disk Defragmenter</b><br /> <p>In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals, optimally monthly, certain events warrant running the utility outside of the monthly rule of thumb.<br /> <p>You should run Disk Defragmenter under the following circumstances:<br /> <p>&bull; You add a large number of files. <br />&bull; Your free disk space nears 15 percent. <br />&bull; You install new programs or a new version of Windows.<br /><br /> <p> <br /> <p><b>To use Disk Defragmenter:</b><br /> <p>1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.<br /> <p> <br /> <p>Click Analyze to start the Disk Defragmenter.<br /> <p>2. In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button.<br /> <p>After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.<br /> <p><b>Tip:</b> You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.<br /> <p>3. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.<br /> <p>After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results.<br /> <p>4. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.<br /> <p>5. To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.<br /> <p>6. To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.<br /> <p><b>Detect and Repair Disk Errors</b><br /> <p>In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.<br /> <p>As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.<br /> <p>If you use your computer daily, you should try to run this utility weekly to help prevent data loss.<br /> <p><b>To run the Error Checking utility:</b><br /> <p><b>Important:</b> Be sure to close all files before running the Error-Checking utility.<br /> <p>1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.<br />2. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.<br />3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.<br />4. Click the Check Now button.<br />5. In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.<br /> <p> <br /> <p>In most circumstances, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.<br /> <p>6. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.<br /> <p><b>Tip:</b> Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.<br /> <p> <br /> <p>Hope this will help...<br />

on Jan 17, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How can I defrag my Dell optiplex760?


How to Defrag a Dell Computer
1. Open the My Computer window. To do this on a Dell computer, click on the "Start" button at the bottom of the screen. Then, click "My Computer".
2. Choose the hard disk drive that you want to defrag. Locate the section entitled "Hard Disk Drives." In this section is a list of hard drives on the computer. For most Dell computers, the hard disk drive you will want to defrag is Local Disk (C:).
3. Right-click on the hard disk drive you want to defrag on the Dell computer. If you want to defrag your C: drive, then right-click on "Local Disk (C:)". A menu bar will appear.
4. Click on "Properties." "Properties" is the last option on the menu bar. This opens the Local Disk (C:) Properties window.
5. Click the "Tools" tab. The Tools tab is the second tab in the Local Disk (C:) Properties window. The tabs are located on the top of the window.
6. Click the "Defragment Now" button. The "Defragment Now" button is in the Defragmentation section of the window. This opens the Disk Defragmenter window.
7. Click to select the disk drive you want to defrag on a Dell computer and then click "Defragment." For most Dell computers, this will be (C:). After you click "Defragment," the Dell computer will first analyze the disk drive you selected and then beginning defragging the Dell computer.
8. Wait for the "Defragmentation is Complete" message. If you have not defragged a Dell computer in a long time, then the defragging process might take a while, even as long as an hour for very fragmented Dell computers. Allow the Dell computer to run the defrag until the process is completed. You will know that the Dell computer has completed the defrag process when the "Defragmentation is Complete" message appears.
9. View the defrag report and then close the window. If you want to view the defrag report, click "View Report." Otherwise, click "Close" to close the window.

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SIR MY pc take long time to start window


Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk


Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Removable storage devices such as USB flash drives can also become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also analyze and defragment your disks and drives manually. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. ?id=microsoft.windows.resources.shellexecutetopiciconClick to open Disk Defragmenter.

  2. Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.

  3. To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click Analyze disk. ?id=18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Once Windows is finished analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. If the number is above 10%, you should defragment the disk.

  4. Click Defragment disk. ?id=18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.
Notes

  • If the disk is already in exclusive use by another program, or if the disk is formatted using a file system other than NTFS file system, FAT, or FAT32, it can't be defragmented.

  • Network locations can't be defragmented.

  • If a disk that you're expecting to see under Current status is not showing up there, it might be because it contains an error. You should try to repair the disk first, then return to Disk Defragmenter to try again. See Check your hard disk for errors for more information.


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May 20, 2011 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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How to speed up your computer's performance?


Information: There are some few guidelines that you can follow to maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly.

Free Up Disk Space
By freeing disk space, you can improve the performance of your computer. The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk. The utility identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.
Use Disk Cleanup to:

• Remove temporary Internet files.
• Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
• Empty the Recycle Bin.
• Remove Windows temporary files.
• Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
• Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.
To use Disk Cleanup

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
Disk Cleanup calculates the amount of space you will be able to free.
2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
Choose the files that you want to delete.
3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.
4. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.
Speed Up Access to Data
Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.
Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.
Run Disk Defragmenter
In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals, optimally monthly, certain events warrant running the utility outside of the monthly rule of thumb.
You should run Disk Defragmenter under the following circumstances:
• You add a large number of files.
• Your free disk space nears 15 percent.
• You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

To use Disk Defragmenter:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
Click Analyze to start the Disk Defragmenter.
2. In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button.
After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.
Tip: You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.
3. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.
After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results.
4. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.
5. To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.
6. To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.
Detect and Repair Disk Errors
In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
If you use your computer daily, you should try to run this utility weekly to help prevent data loss.
To run the Error Checking utility:
Important: Be sure to close all files before running the Error-Checking utility.
1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
4. Click the Check Now button.
5. In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
In most circumstances, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
6. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
Tip: Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

on Jul 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Speeding up a computer by Defragmenting Hard Drive


Is your computer running slow? Have you tried running anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software to speed it up, but to no avail?

Perhaps cleaning up your hard drive could help. This tip will explain, in step by step instructions, how to defragment your hard drive.

To Defragment your hard drive:

1) Go to My Computer.
2) Right click on your C drive.
3) Click Properties.
4) Click the "Tools" tab at the top.
5) Click "Defragment now..." in the middle of the window.
6) In the window that pops up click "Defragment disk"
Defragmenting your disk physically moves files that are similar or
fragmented into an area that will more efficiently use your space.
5) The Disk Defragmentor will analyze your hard disk.
6) After analyzing it will move and defragment the information appropriately.
Disk Defragmentation is complete. You should see noticable improvements in your computer's speed and preformance.

on Dec 21, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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What is disk schedule of that hard disk


Hi, Thanks for using fixya.

Disk schedule is when you set a time and date to schedule disk defragment or schedule a check for errors before Windows boots up.

To schedule errors and defragment go in my computer/computer right click on the local disk c choose properties. Click on tools tab at the top, you will see check for errors now and defragment now.

Hope this helps

Terry

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Cannot finish disk defrag


Hi!

Seen that before! microsofts defrag tool isent the best one if i may say so. If you have any programs running in the background it wont finnish, so you can either stop all running programs manualy and the defrag will finnish, OR you can Use another defrag tool,
Here are two:
O&O Defrag is one of the best, but its not free:
http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/products/oodefrag/?gclid=CLy7z-WPuZkCFYR_3godMXrD4w

Auslogics Disk Defrag is a good toll and its free:
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Now, make your chioce and enjoy a good defrag tool:)

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Unable to defragement the system


xp will not allow defrag on disk requiring error checking. run error checking utility first.

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