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Hi lrchr dog,

That's pretty par, sometimes less. Files that are in use by windows cannot be defragged. Be sure to shut down all programs (firewall, antivirus,ect.) before defrag for best results, then restart windows when finished. It also doesn't hurt to occasionally run a "check disc" with repair & recovery options checked. Sometimes a disc error can keep areas of the disc from de-fragging.


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Samr has got it right.


The more programs you close, the better. However, when you shut down your anti-virus and firewall and the like, you may also want to physically disconnect your computer from the internet just for safety purposes. Also, if you open the task manager or use AWC's process explorer, you can close all processes that do not need to be running for the system to operate- this will (should) ensure a quicker and more complete defragmentation of your hard drive.


I've also rebooted into safe mode a few times myself, just so that minimal processes are loaded. You can also try running the run command, typing "msconfig" and then rebooting with custom settings so that only the needed processes are loaded. This method would essentially be the same as running in safe mode though.

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