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AndyS.




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: How long to Defrag? Reply with quote

(Bit of a moan…)

I bought a book that arrived this morning and it had a CD-rom on the cover. Bung it in the drive and let’s have a look, I thought. After a few seconds of clicking and watching that line cross the screen it said "You need Service Pack 2 to install this CD-rom". OK, let’s get that downloaded - '75mb - estimated download time: 9 hours'. So I ask at my local PC shop who very kindly give me a disk.

With that in, more clicking and another message "can't install SP2 as KB890046, KB891781 and KB901214 cannot be verified". WTF does that mean? Had a look on the MS site and realised these are patches I've downloaded as part of the auto update so deleted them and had another go with SP2. This time it said "It is suggested that you make a full back up before installing this pack".

Fair enough, I have lots of photos I'd rather not loose. So fired up the old PC which I'd forgotten I'd taken the network card out of to put in mothers machine so had to take one out of the main PC (and use the mother board network port) and bung it in the old PC, re-set up the network then made the necessary back ups of important files and photos. So far it'd taken about 3 hours.

Right, now to install SP2 which worked - hurrah! Whack the CD-rom in and let’s see what's on it. It clicked away and then nothing. So I explored the CD and clicked in the install and it said "can't install this until you've installed that". Luckily ‘that’ was on the CD-rom as well so installed it. Back to the main program and as it installed it said "can't find xxx.dll". FFS! In all there were 44 files it couldn't find that were on the CD-rom so I copied them all over, one by one as it asked for them, to the temp file it was using. Finally, it was installed.

After that the machine was very slow and was taking ages to do anything (like surt TT) so I had a look around, deleted some stuff, emptied the bin and thought I might as well do a defragment while I was there. I'm now 7 HOURS into the defrag and it's still not done. I've been installing this poxy program all day and haven't run it yet. It better be good.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7 hours! Surprised
how much data have you got on it?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah if its the first time in a long time it can take a looooooooong time.
i found that out a few months ago and now do mine once a month.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's not so much how much data you have, as how many fragments you have, but the HD being over 90% full can slow the defrag down too. You should have a significantly faster PC when it's done Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Into the 8th hour now. Some can do an Ironman quicker than this! Rolling Eyes

I have 40gb on an 80gb (7200rpm) disk so not to bad. But it is the first time I've done this in about 3 years. Embarassed

Don't you hate PC's sometimes? I shouldn't say that, it might add another hour.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you turned off the screen saver? - some times it re-starts defrag when it turns on.

Ooh, you're not using the computer at the same time are you?
Changing anything on the hard disk can re-start it too.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't use the computer when you defrag, and for thre same reason turn off any screensavers. Changing what it on the hard-drive resets the defrag, and running a program does this.

Also empty the TEMP directories (root and windows), as the computer will check those before it does anything, which slows down the performance.

I leave my computer overnight to defrag. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


You know it makes sense Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 hours 20 in the end. Rolling Eyes

It was sitting by itself for most of the day, I started using it in the last hour when all it was doing was moving big files around (very slowly). Seems to be working OK today. Smile

Maybe I'll do it a bit more often.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
8 hours 20 in the end. Rolling Eyes

It was sitting by itself for most of the day, I started using it in the last hour when all it was doing was moving big files around (very slowly). Seems to be working OK today. Smile

Maybe I'll do it a bit more often.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I must admit this isn't all totally random and out of the blue activity. I'm making sure everything is fit and well before ordering myself a laptop (for my birthday in Feb) and maybe fitting cable BB. This months money is taken up by some winter festival of sorts and entering races which is almost done, just one more to decide on.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
Well, I must admit this isn't all totally random and out of the blue activity. I'm making sure everything is fit and well before ordering myself a laptop (for my birthday in Feb) and maybe fitting cable BB. This months money is taken up by some winter festival of sorts and entering races which is almost done, just one more to decide on.


you see, you have done me again......preparation, preparation, preparation !!!!! nice one mate ! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
just one more to decide on.


IM Switzerland!!! You know it makes sense Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foggy wrote:
IM Switzerland!!! You know it makes sense Very Happy


Switzerland? Na, I'm looking for a challenge. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
Foggy wrote:
IM Switzerland!!! You know it makes sense Very Happy


Switzerland? Na, I'm looking for a challenge. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


Do they do an Ironman Saturn ? Confused Wink Very Happy
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