What needs to be shut down before maintenance?


I know you've answered this question a hundred times, but I couldn't find it on your site. I run scan disk and defrag each week. Sometimes the defrag runs in about 20 minutes, but the normal time is 3 hours. I keep seeing 'drive contents are changing' the defrag process stops and begins all over again.

What needs to be shut down before I do this maintenance? Or direct to the answer on your website. Thank you for your time. Kathy


This question was answered on March 9, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Steps for DISK CLEANUP :

Please go to START.......PROGRAMS.........ACCESSORIES.....

Then click on SYSTEM TOOLS.

Then click on DISK CLEANUP.

Then select C:.

Then click on OK.

Then click on OK.

1 ScanDisk

a Click on START, select PROGRAMS, select ACCESSORIES, select SYSTEM TOOLS, and then click on SCANDISK.

b In the Select the drive(s) you want to check for errors select the drive to check, for example C:\, then select the THOROUGH option, then select the AUTOMATICALLY FIX ERRORS check box, and click on START.

2 Disk Defragmenter .. Please note..(Restart your computer Once restarted, hit CTRL ALT DELETE on your keyboard and end task on all items in the list that appears, except for EXPLORER and SYSTRAY Then perform the step given below or defrag will not work Also trun off the screen saver on your computer by setting it to NONE to perform Disk Defragmenter)

a Click on START, select PROGRAMS, select ACCESSORIES, select SYSTEM TOOLS, then click on DISK DEFRAGMENTER.

b Select the drive you want to defragment from the list and click on OK.

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Posted by ricardo of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 9, 2003