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  1. There are lots of places where Windows tends to store files you may not need and fill up you hard drive. - Clear Internet Explorer's "Temporary Internet Files" - Turn Off System Restore, Turn On System Restore (do this only of your machine is running okay and no need to roll back) - open "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temp" and bin all the files (one or two files maybe locked which is normal) alternatively you could run CCleaner Richard S.
  2. Defraggler runs nicely under BartPE to include this on a live CD use a ISO editor and add your own software folder. It should be noted defraggler is coded not to process pagefile.sys which seems rather odd since it's not locked in this environment. You can however remove this restriction by locating the unicode string pagefile.sys inside the executable and patch it. Richard S.
  3. interrupting defraggler will not cause any problems because only when a file has be relocated will this information be written to the hard drive else it be discarded. Richard S.
  4. How about posted links or signatures requiring human approval first I wish web wiz did something like that. Richard S.
  5. It's the storage file used when your machine goes into hibernation. I don't know why it's not defragging maybe you don't have enough contiguous free space for it to be moved. If you have no need for hibernation you could always turn this feature off and free up more hard drive space. Richard S.
  6. I agree I see no technical reason why the handle cannot be purged if the drive is not being processed I guess this problem was overlooked by the coders. Richard S.
  7. Defraggler seems to have a permanent handle open for every available drive in Windows not just the flash drive. Without the flash drive handle close it cannot be safely removed however you can force close a process handle with software. I would have recommended Unlocker however I understand it does not support Vista 64 therefore I would suggest using Sysinternals Process Explorer instead - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx Richard S.
  8. No, you have an external hard drive this will not influence the performance of the internal hard drive containing the Operating System you will however may find that the external drive is slower because USB is slower than IDE/SATA. Unless you have the original install files backing up programs is a waste of time many are dependant on register entries and library files that you simply cannot just copy files. Personally I would take your 500GB hard drive and partition it into 50/50 or 250GB/250GB or split into another ratio you see fit. Next I would use backup software and make a clone c
  9. Just because you've defragged your drive doesn't mean a file won't fragment later, what is more important is the number of fragments not the file size. If your file in question was contiguous but after it there was no room to expand i.e. another file exists after it then Windows would have to write the additional data elsewhere causing fragmentation. Whether you defrag this file again is your choice however personally I would be happy to leave files over 1GB with up to 4 fragments. Richard S.
  10. "clean" destroys the partition table unfortunately this process is irreversible with any diskpart command I know of. I made the same mistake once with a VM image but couldn't find a single tool (even Hirens tools) to restore the deleted partition. Luckily I had a backup copy so I had only lost a few installed programs I was testing at the time. As far as can tell "clean" only overwrites the first few sectors so theoretically you should be able to recover most of your files using recovery software. Have you tried Recuva "Deep Scan" by any chance?? Richard S.
  11. The only thing I will say about Linux is don't trust the NTFS support for modifying or creating files it has been reserve engineered due to lack of documentation and is generally considered use at your own risk. There are alternatives though such as ERD Commander and BartPE which are both bootable Windows OS on CD providing networking, Flash drive support and because it's Windows accessing an NTFS drive is 100% safe. I've used BartPE many times to fix damaged file systems and machines with virus infections it really is a very useful tool. BartPE also has a range of plugins to enable tools s
  12. I never understood the drive behind the ReactOS project considering most computers come preinstalled with Windows anyway - why reinvent the wheel??. I've used it under emulation and I have to say I'm not all that impressed I get more stability out of Windows 3.11 than ReactOS - http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/redh...iform_win31.jpg btw: http://toastytech.com/guis/ is a highly recommended site if you want to learn about other Operating Systems past and present. Richard S.
  13. When you say crash, do you have any information as to the error message or when it happens. What version of Windows and service pack do you have installed?? Richard S.
  14. redhawk

    Access denied

    Are you running any security software it sounds like Recuva is being prevented from performing it's low level scanning. Richard S.
  15. Defraggler uses the Windows API (application programming interface) to perform the defragging therefore it's 100% safe to use. In the event of a crash when a file is being moved the changes are not committed to the file system because it was interrupted therefore remains unchanged. Richard S.
  16. Is there any point defragging files "C:\System Volume Information" they're only used by the Operating System if a System Restore is performed and would have no real impact on current performance. As for the folder being accessible in XP but not Vista or Windows 7 this isn't strictly true XP can still lock the folder it depends on a few conditions. If XP is install on a FAT32 partition then "C:\System Volume Information" is accessible however under NTFS security permissions prevent unauthorised access even if you're using an administrator account. To get around this block you need to edit th
  17. The idea of defragging freespace is you move all the files scattered on the hard drive to the start of the disk thus creating move contiguous free space. While this sounds like a great idea in practice it can leave empty gaps inside the compact area of files on your hard drive because the moved files are too big to fit the gaps. This is why you have "Allow Fragmentation" basically you can fill the empty gaps at the cost of re-fragmenting the files again. Richard S.
  18. I suspect there's very little between them I think with "Quick Defrag" you can define a set of rules and simply one-click defrag your files without bothering to check the file list. Richard S.
  19. There is one other option to try: "Last Known Good Configuration" if that fails please use the "disable automatic restart...." and post the STOP code. Richard S.
  20. Recuva is a recovery utility for deleted files it will not help you copy files from a dead Operating System. From your description it sounds like you're experiencing a reboot from a blue screen of death, without the STOP code it would be difficult to resolve the problem. However you could try the following: Hit F8 before the Windows splash screen appears and you should have some options: try "Safe Mode" to start with and see if you laptop will eventually get to the desktop If it reboots then repeat the F8 procedure again and select the option "disable automatic restart..." and post the
  21. When it comes to defragging system files I like to use a boot CD of BartPE to perform this task because some files are just not accessible from inside Windows XP. Defraggler runs nicely under BartPE however it totally ignores c:\pagefile.sys when attempting to defrag. I find this a little odd since it was able to provide me with fragmentation info therefore it should know the file isn't locked. Would it be possible to provide a future version of Defraggler without restrictions to processing c:\pagefile.sys?? Edit: I've successfully patched out pagefile.sys from the executable and it
  22. redhawk

    AGP speed error

    I have an Intel 845 chipset motherboard and an NVIDIA 6200 AGP card. It claims my AGP rate is 256x which is wrong, my motherboard supports up to 4x but the NVIDIA 6200 is capable of 8x Richard S.
  23. I've been using version v.133.451 and would like to make the following suggestions. - Filters to exclude/include files that are unrecoverable or slightly damaged (depending on the user's choice). - When using "Tree View" unrecoverable / slightly damaged files should be a different colour i.e. red / blue / green this would make identification of status quicker without having to hover the mouse over the filenames. - Filename filter box should wait a few seconds until the user has stopped typing instead of adjusting the result with every keystroke. Currently typing inside the filter
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