How to perform the Scan disk?



everytime windows tries to defragment the hard drive, i always recieve messages that read windows cannot continue because you don't have enough available memory. This also happens when i run scandisk. This does not make sense because i recently added more memory to my computer. I am only using 1.80 GB out of 18.0 GB on the hard drive. Why do i get these messages?


This question was answered on February 2, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The message that you don't have enough memory refers to your memory not to your hard drive space, and those are two different things There may be too many programs that are not running but are occupying your memory, you can see them on your task bar on the buttom of the screen Those are the little icons such are Internet explorer, media player and such You can temporarilly turn some of them off On the right side of your task bar are the ones you can right click on and then click exit

You can also do this: Click on the Start, Run and type MSCONFIG and click OK The window will open Click on the Startup tab, and you will see list of programs with check boxes on the left of the program name The ones with the check box checked are the ones that load into memory when you start your computer, by unchecking some of the boxes you can prevent them from automathically loading into your memory For the programs that you are not sure what they are, don't uncheck them But the ones like messanger and something like that, you can uncheck them After performing the Scan disk, if you want those programs to automathically load into your memory again, just go back to MSCONFIG and check them again.

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Posted by Suzana of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 2, 2003