Defragging Hard drives

Rockrz

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I was just doing a defrag on my wife's PC (Windows XP Pro) and all the data in My Documents is about 22.0 Gigs.

After I ran defrag twice, I keep getting a message when it's over saying 18.2 Gigs of the data in My Documents cannot be defragged.

Anybody have any idea what's going on with this?
I've never seen this problem before.
 

bruceb

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Try it from another account or in Safe Mode .. And sometimes, if there are a lot of
photos in there, they really can't be defragged that easily
 

Rockrz

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There's only one account...and I have a ton of pictures on my pc and it defrags fine.

I'm in the process of checking for spyware.

Something fishy is going on because Spybot Search & Destroy has mysteriously been disabled on her machine, so I'm re-installing that now and running a scan.
 

tigersty1e

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Uh-oh.

Your wife's hiding something huge on her computer.

Just kidding of course. But just in case, report back if you find something juicy.

:)
 

Rockrz

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Yeah, I hope she's not running a low budget porn studio or anything.

I think the biggest problem is that her daughter comes to visit and she chats on all these different chat boards which I've heard are bad about leaving little suprises on your computer.
 

LOUISSSSS

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then tell her to not let her daughter use her PC or you won't help her fix it lol

but yea it might be a virus or spyware
 

Slugbait

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The first few beta releases of MSN Messenger 7.0 did something very similar. On install it created a folder on the system drive that consumed one meg of drive space...but it told Windows the folder size was 8 gigs. Defrag always crapped out once it got to that folder. Tens of thousands of "chosen beta testers" freaked out, both by the immense amount of space "lost", and a core system component rendered useless, but it was (basically) harmless.

Something like that may have happened with your wife's machine. So don't freak just yet.
 

Slugbait

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Correction...it was Windows Live Messenger 8.0 betas that had the problem, not MSN. My bad...
 

eplebnista

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I've seen that before on a new client's pc and just wrote it off to the file being too big and fragmented for the defrag utility to handle. The file in question was part of a Barbie game that was on a hard drive which had not been defragmented for over 4 years and eventually stopped booting.
 

Jiggz

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Originally posted by: LOUISSSSS
then tell her to not let her daughter use her PC or you won't help her fix it lol

but yea it might be a virus or spyware

Or create a separate limited account for her daughter.