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Disk Defragmenting

mikeywikey

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#1
I have been unable to defragment my C drive but receive the following message: Disk Defragmenter has detected the Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the volume: (C:). Please run Chkdsk /f. When I try to run Chkdsk /f I receive the following: Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process.
How can I resolve this problem in order to defragment please?
 
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Wolfeymole

#2
Hi Mike

Welcome to Free PC Help

Chkdsk will not run on C: as it is the active boot partition.

You should see the message "Would you like run chkdsk on startup?"

Chkdsk will then run and check C: before the operating system loads.
 

mikeywikey

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#3
Hi Wolfeymole and thank you for your welcome.
Yes, the full second message read "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
When I type 'Y' another message is displayed: "Windows cannot end this programme. It may need more time to complete the operation etc etc"
Is there any other way to run Chkdsk?
 
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Wolfeymole

#4
Just shut the system down Mike and Restart.

It will then check the drive on reboot mate.

Get back to us if it doesn't.
 

johnbee

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For what it is worth, on my PC I think that in order to run chkdsk, it has to be a full switchoff for it to run, it doesn't do it on a mere restart. Bear in mind, too, that it takes a very long time to run - best to give it three hours at least.

When I run it, I always type chkdsk /r at the 'dos prompt' to be sure that it does the repairs on the next bootup.
 

Seth

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#6
johnbee said:
For what it is worth, on my PC I think that in order to run chkdsk, it has to be a full switchoff for it to run, it doesn't do it on a mere restart. Bear in mind, too, that it takes a very long time to run - best to give it three hours at least.

When I run it, I always type chkdsk /r at the 'dos prompt' to be sure that it does the repairs on the next bootup.
Good point.

XP often ignores the chkdsk unless it is run from:

Start>Run>chkdsk /r
 

mikeywikey

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#7
Thank you all for your help, but unfortunately I haven't be able to resolve the problem. Any further help would be appreciated. Thanks in anticipation.

Mike
 
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Wolfeymole

#8
Try booting into Safe Mode Mike by constantly tapping F8 on boot up.

Chose Safe Mode with Command Prompt and then type chkdsk C: /r

 

mikeywikey

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#9
I don't seem able to get into Safe Mode! Whilst tapping F8 the following appears:

Please select boot device:
PM-_NEC DVD_RW ND-3530A
3M-SAMSUNG SP2504C
Generic STORAGE DEVICE
ditto
ditto
ditto
ditto

If I select the SAMSUNG option the computer boots up in normal mode.

It goes from bad to worse!! What next please?
 
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Wolfeymole

#10
It may also say for example on the POST screen press F12 to enter safe mode.

Do you see anything resembling that?
 

mikeywikey

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No, nothing to resemble that, but not quite sure what you mean by the POST screen. I'm sorry if I'm being a bit thick!
 
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Wolfeymole

#12
Your not thick mate ok.

POST (Power On Self Test) is the black screen that you see immediately on boot up that shows memory size, hard drives etc.
At the bottom you will also see the legend "Press Del (example) to Enter Setup"

You may also see "Press F2 (example) to Enter Safe Mode"

You have to be very watchful when the post screen boots as it quickly disappears.
 

RandyL

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#13
As Wolfey said you have to look quick to see the options at the POST screen. Some computers have different options to enter safemode as well as the BIOS.

What make and model is your computer? If it's a Samsung or NEC the options to enter safemode may be different. You could try holding down the ctrl key at bootup.
RandyL
 
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Wolfeymole

#14
Reading this post again Mike can I ask if you are actually typing;

chkdsk c: /f

or just

chkdsk /f

You need to specify a volume, or drive letter in other words, for check disk to examine.
For example if you had a partition called G then the command would be chkdsk g: /f

Example
 

mikeywikey

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#15
SUCCESS!!!
I was determined not to be beaten! I finally managed to operate in Safe Mode, and managed to run Chkdsk C: /f. As johnbee suggested it took several hours to run! I have finally managed to defragment without being told to run chkdsk!!
Thanks for all your help ... donation on its way!
Mike
 
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Wolfeymole

#16
Good to hear you are now fixed up Mike.

The donation is very appreciated.

Thank you from FPCH