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Hello to you all,

I got a new hard drive from Seagate and wanted to
run it in a bit before submitting rebates and whatnot.


I cloned the drive from my current active unit.


Some here gave the suggestion to run scan disk and
defrag in safe mode to keep the defrag routine from
stopping and starting all the time.

I did this and it went ok for a while, but defrag hung
up and just quit during the scanning process.


The drive seems to be working fine otherwise.

One other thing I could try to run it in would be to do
the write zeros routine which should be enough of a test.


Any further ideas on this?
 

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The Ameriwebs guy is a superb tools and utilities page,
but I did not go thtrough the whole thing at this time.


I noticed the same problem on both my machines (not
networked) that trying to run scan disk in safe mode
stops at exactly the same place. I did run the System File Checker too.

I did another test of the Seagate drive writng zeros to it.

That went fine.
 

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My suggestion when you have a problem running defrag in safe mode is to do a cleanup first.
Go to Internet explorer tools/ internet options / general /temp internet files and delete contents/ delete all offline content
You should also clear history and delete any unnecessary cookies (same location ,settings / view files and you can selectively delete them)
Then run disk cleanup and delete any temp files.
Finally empty the recycle bin.

This can be caused by a temp/ temp internet file trying to launch when accessed by defrag.
 

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I am not using internet explorer for anything, so is that the
only history to clear?

I've used a reg cleaner called Crap Cleaner from time to
time and there is a program called startup cop which
I've used to get rid of odd things in startup.

Please explain about the temp file that wants to start up.
 

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loninappleton said:
I am not using internet explorer for anything, so is that the
only history to clear?

I've used a reg cleaner called Crap Cleaner from time to
time and there is a program called startup cop which
I've used to get rid of odd things in startup.

Please explain about the temp file that wants to start up.

I really do not suggest using registry cleaners and similar all in one fixer utilties unnecessarily ; and if you must, make sure you understand what they are doing and evaluate each item they offer to fix.

These cleaners work by comparing what is in your registry and dll files to a database list of what they expect to find there. Thus if they find something which is different than what is in the list their developer provided , they call it an error . To fix it they remove it. Often it is just that you have a more updated (or maybe older) version than what they tested, or that they were imcomplete in their own analysis. The end result is often you remove components which are necessary to proper functionality of your programs.
This is especially true with the lesser known programs and cleaners , but not unique to them.

In win98 and 95, often defrag problems can be resolved by replacing the defrag program with the one from windowsme.
http://www.vfw6110.org/download.htm

Scroll to the bottom in the system tools section
Hey you W95 and W98 users. Tired of Defrag taking so long to run. Use the version from Windows ME. It's much faster. More like the old 3.1. Warning, please do not use if you are running FAT16 file system. Simply rename your old c:\windows\defrag.exe to defrag.old, then download the new version and move it to c:\windows folder and run. Copyright Microsoft Inc. (Defrag.exe 213296 bytes).
for the download

Also, make sure you do not have two antivirus programs installed. This has also been known to cause defrag problems.
 

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I'm noticing that the hangup problem is in scandisk which has to be run before defrag from a system notification.

SFC same deal. Any lookup results in a hung machine
and no detail is provided about the offending file.
 
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