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  1. Hoping this would move the thing forward a bit; it seems a search through the CBS.log for "cannot repair" should identify specific files which sfc /scannow cannot fix - that may be wrong.  Four files in the 13,411 rows of the CBS.log were identified:


    So now where to find a same-version copy to replace my copies of these files?  My wife has a same-version laptop but will these files be OK?  After 2 years of use and updates?


    Current state as attached image.


    Is there any way forward?





  2. Hello Phil - I would like you to be clear on this. There are three different messages generated when " sfc /scannow " completes the operation. Exactly which one did you get? 


    1.) "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." - No missing/corrupt files were found and no CBS.log was generated.


    2.) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log." - Problems were found and repaired. A CBS.log was generated.


    3.) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log." - Problems were found that could not be repaired. A CBS.log file was generated. 


    Thanks Derek891 - As expected I got message 3. or similar and an 812kb text file with 4,000 lines in it.  It is attached.


    I suppose this sounds like a sort of death knell to the disk.  DF has run a few times now and each time reports less and less free space.


    Avast and Malwarebytes scans have been run - finding nothing - and both were turned off, as was the wifi, during the last two DF runs.


    Freespace is down to 10% of the disk.





  3. Hello Phil - That looks better now than the in previous screenshot, but it's still far from ideal. I noticed that the used space on your disk increased from 57% to 80% and you free space dropped from 43% down to just 20%. Did you check off the items I mentioned in my last post before starting your last round of defragmenting? Also, did you try running " sfc /scannow " and then deleting all of your system restore points as I described in my previous post? I have a feeling either or both of that these items might account for the substantial increase in disk usage.

    Thank you Derek891 - Yes to all - but I may not have got these right.


    sfc /scannow was run as Admin.  The log file was just over 2MB and I did not see the text "corrupted"  or "integrity" or "violat".  I don't think I know how to read the CBS log file.


    The checked boxes in DF, Settings, Options, Advanced were :

    Minimize to tray

    Save all settings to INI file

    Cache Analysis Data of Multiple Drives

    Use custom fragmentation:  both the Exclude restore point and Exclude Hibernation were checked

    Stop VSS


    Ccleaner showed only the very last restore point and would not allow deletion.


    The pagefile was set to none; the hibernation file was set to none and reboot was done.


    Clearly Pagefile is back; Hiberbate file should also be back there somewhere.





    DF, Action, Advanced, Defrag freespace was done after the first big, slow Defrag.

  4. Hello Phil - After looking at the screenshot you've provided, all I can say is "OMG!!! :o  :o  :o ". It looks like the system paging file is occupying 80% to 90% of your Windows C:\ partition and is incredibly fragmented as well. What I would do is this:


    Your system will thank you for it. :)  

    And I will thank you !


    After a thorough backup and a series of DF'ing I shall report the results ......



  5. Same page here?  Hmmm.  I hope so, but I am the neophyte.  What I see in DF, after analysing, is loads of blocks scattered all over the disk and coloured brown / buff as indicates Page File in the Drive Map.  As PNG file attached.


    Each Page File block has a file list, most of which seem like bona fide files.


    My query, which is the last part of my initial post, is whether reducing the Page File using the technique(s) outlined will delete all these files shown in the file lists. 


    I suppose a subsidiary query is if these blocks are not Page File blocks why does DF colour them as though they are.  But that is secondary to whether I am OK to reduce the Windows Page File.





  6. DF 2.18.945 : Win7 x 64 Home


    Recent enlargement of files brought HDD free space right down.  Deletion now restores 40% of disk to freespace.  DF displays about the whole freed-up 40% colour-keyed as Page File.  Each segment has a few files listed within. 


    Defragging freespace runs through all these page file segments but leaves the files in them and all still marked as page file.


    Can I use SysInternals Pagedfrg.exe to 'un-page' the page file segmants?


    Would Windows - Computer - Advance Windows Settings - Performance - changing to a very small Page File unmark these numerous page file ?  Or, would that just delete all the files contained within ?


    Hope this makes sense!


    Thank you.



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