Why would your computer freeze up after defragmenting the hard drive?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

Moved Files One reason may be because files were moved and your computer needs to be restarted cause the computer was reading the files and they all of a sudden moved.

 Physical Faults One possible reason for this is that your hard disk is developing physical faults. Sometimes these faults may not be picked up by tools like ChkDsk however chkdsk is a good place to start I would advise using the /r option. There are other free tools around that can help you identify Hard disk Faults like "Drive Fitness Test". If any of these tests show that the hard disk does have faults it should be replaced as soon as possible. Software is available that will enable you to clone the faulty drive onto a new one.
 
put your computer in SAFE MODE.THEN DEFRAG.  
Check your hardware in device manager and see if there are any conflicts,(yellow ? marks), beside your display adapter, your monitor, and your sound drivers), sometimes a driver can become corrupt and you may need to update it. Also The defrag could have defraged a file in your registry that is no longer used, I recommend buying Registry Mechanic, this will fix any errors in your registry that can also cause freezing. One last thing, go into safe mode, and do a scan on your hard drive for errors, make sure before you do the scan make sure the box is checked for,"automaticaly fix errors". Then when that's all done, do a defrag in safe mode.
 
Like you I have had problems defragging, but I think that in my case it was something wrong with the defragger, as when i did it 2 weeks ago, then my computer crashed doing this, i restarted, 'Cannot Find Hard Drive', so then it went to a comp shop they fixed it, did disk defrag again, then computer restarted with the same problem, then it started to go through, 'Used Clusters' 'Unused Clusters' 'Bad Clusters' then here it takes forever to do then the computer frooze, so i turned it off, went and bought a new computer
ANSWER
Your problem is either a driver, harware or heat issue. Try updating chipset drivers with the original that came with your motherboard if it doesint work update with windows update to get the a signed driver, check to see if your hdd is running hot if you cant touch it get rid of it, update your bios if this occurs when you have just changed your hdd, disable the s.m.a.r.t function in bios if your hdd is older than 9 years old and lastly has i have seen enough before your video card is failing, change it.


Please perform the steps given below to increase you system performance.
1. Uninstall all the unwanted software.
To uninstall a software :
a. Click on Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs
b. Select the software from the list and click on Add/Remove button and follow the online screen instrctions.
2 Erase unnecessary files in the windows temporary folder.
1. Double Click My Computer.
2. Double Click the drive where windows is installed. This is typically drive C.
3. Double Click the windows folder. This is typically C:\Windows.
4. Double Click the temp folder.This is typically C:\Windows\temp.
5. Press control-A to select all files and folders.
6. Press the delete key.
7. If confirmation is asked to delete these files choose yes to all.
3. Defragment hard disk.
1. Close all applications.
2. Disable your screen saver.
3. Disable all the programs on the taskbar if possible.
4. Click Start.
5. Click Program.
6. Click Accessories.
7. Click System Tools.
8. Click Defrag.
9. Select the drive to defrag. You should defrag every hard disk on your system. This process can take a long time.
10. Click Ok.
11. Enable your screen saver.
4. Remove Startup programs
Click Start
Select Run
Type msconfig in the text box
The "System Configuration Utility" window will open
A list of programs will be shown each having a checkbox to the left of the name.
Click on the checkbox to enable the program (so it runs when windows boots) and click a second time to Uncheck the box to disable the program (so it does not run when windows boots).
5. Set the size of the virtual memory (swap file) to an constant optimal size.
-------------------------------------
1. Right click My Computer
2. Click Properties
3. The System Properties window lists the amount of RAM in your PC (record this for step#8)
4. Click Performance
5. Click Virtual Memory
6. Click Let me specify my own virtual memory settings
7. Click the arrow next to the hard disk.
8. Here are some guidelines to choose the best location for your virtual memory file
a) Select the quickest hard disk.
b) If you have, two hard disks that are similar in performance select the hard disk that does not contain Windows system files.
c) Make sure the drive has free space equal to at least twice the size of the recommended swap file size.
d) If the partition is on the same physical drive, select the partition in alphabetical order. For example, if you have one 2GB hard disk and you partition it into two 1GB partitions drive C & D) You should pick Drive C over Drive D if meets all the guidelines of a, b & c.
9. Set the Minimum/Maximum to: With large hard disks settings a 128mb or 256mb swap file should be sufficient in almost every situation.
Note: The amount of RAM plus the size of the virtual memory file is the maximum amount of RAM you can use at once. Win386.swp is the filename used for the swap file. The file is quite large don�t delete it.
10. Click OK.
11. After setting the size of the virtual memory file windows will display the following message. You have chosen not to let windows manage virtual memory automatically. Click Yes.
11. You must restart your computer before the new settings will take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now? Click Yes
12. Sometimes Windows 95 takes a long time to shut down. During this time, it is doing necessary system maintenance. You must wait while the computer shuts down.
Also try using a registry cleaner, some file paths may be redundant, a registry cleaner will fix these errors. Visit http://registryfixer.weebly.com for top rated cleaners
13. Actually this problem bothered me quite a long time too, but recently I find functional software which can fix all these problems just with one click: tuneup360, maybe you guys could have a try.
366 people found this useful

Why would your computer be only 2 percent defragmented after 24 hours?

Answer . Anything that interrupts the computer's defragmenting process will cause it to start over again. This means any program that is running in the background that accesses the disk while defrag is running will do it. The best way to deal with this is to start your computer in Safe Mode, stop a (MORE)

Why would your computer freeze everytime you try to load new software or defrag or run antivirus software?

i suspect that there may be a virus or Trojan on the PC that is blocking the installation of software. they take up the processor time If you take off your start-up programs, it may help. On windows XP go to the start button, run and type in msconfig. At the top of the window there are tabs choose (MORE)

How do you defrag a hard drive?

In Windows, go to Computer or My Computer and right-click on thedrive that you wish to defrag. On the context menu, selectProperties. Then tab over to Tools and select defragment. If yourun into trouble, then scan the drive for errors. That is found inthe same place where you load Defrag. If you sti (MORE)

Why would a computer be losing space in the hard drive?

If you are losing disk space constantly for no good reason, then you have a old type virus that a simple anti-virus scan will detect and remove\n. \n Defrag is the Answer! \n. \nMusic and Video can chew up memory like nobody's business. Those files should be sorted through and non-used files d (MORE)

Why should you defragment your hard drive on a regular basis?

Answer . Because it lets you know how much space is left, and it let's your computer store information more efficiently. . Defragmenting regularly also helps prevent your computer's performance from degrading. Over time, as files are added, modified and deleted from your disk, individual files (MORE)

How do you defragment a computer?

Use a defragmentation tool. In Windows, you can do this using the Disk Defragmenter tool, which is accessible from Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter.

How often should you defrag your hard drive?

It would depend on how badly your drive gets fragmented. If it does so on a daily basis, you could simply install a tool that will analyze and run in the background without manual intervention. I run mine every week after a disk cleanup. I also agree that atleast 20% free space has to be maintained. (MORE)

Will hard drives speed up my computer in normal operations?

Hard Disk Drives can give your computers much more capacity in terms of space. This can help speed up your computer, but only a bit.. For normal operations, adding Random Acess Memory would be a better idea. A good processor would also help.. For gaming graphics, a good graphics card would help, e (MORE)

How do you defragment your computer?

Double click 'My Computer', then right click once on the drive you wish to defragment (usually C:/), select 'Properties' from the drop down menu and left click it, then double click the 'Tools' tab at the top and select 'Defragment'. From your start menu, find Accessories, left click to open l (MORE)

How do you defrag a computer?

For Windows XP, 1. Start 2. All programs 3. Accessories 4. System tools 5. Disk Defragmenter while you are there right-click disk defragmenter and go down to where it says "pin to start menu" and click that. This will add it to your start menu so the next time you want to defrag just cl (MORE)

How do you defragment a hard drive?

Click the start button, then click on Control Panel, then click on Performance and Maintenance, finally click on Rearrange Items on Your Hard Disk to Make Programs Run Faster. The Disk Defragmenter Screen comes up. Select the drive you want to defragment, then click the Analyse button and wait for (MORE)

Why is the hard drive just as fragmented after defragmenting as before it started?

My guess is that some software or process kept the actual defragmentation never took place. Windows will quit if it cannot access the hard drive after a given number of attempts. In that case, the fragmentation would look the same " after it finishes ".. -----------------. This problem could als (MORE)

Why defrag your computer?

Its important to defrag the computer to prevent performance deterioration (like slowdowns and lags) caused by file fragmentation over time. A defrag reorganizes the fragmented files sequentially and speeds up data access.

Can you defrag your hard drives while still using your PC?

With Windows XP if any programs (even those running in the background) or the screensaver interrupts the defrag, it will restart/hang.\nIn Vista, the defrag is designed to defrag at a certain schedule in low priorty in the background.\nIn order to defrag and use the PC at the same time you need to u (MORE)

Is it possible to install a hard drive from a new computer into an older computer you tried it and your computer freezes up at the starting windows screen?

Make sure you are installing the older hard drive as a second drive, not the initial drive used for boot-up. Be aware that some Microsoft products have a dumb copy protection system that prevents you replacing faulty drives. You have to phone them for a new licence key if you alter hardware compo (MORE)

How do you defragment the hard drive on a Macintosh?

While the default file system used on a Macintosh doesn't require defragmenting, you can do so with a thrid party utility called iDefrag. However, some argue that defragmenting a Mac actually hurts performance due to the nature of the file system's indexing.

How do you defragment the hard drive?

To being the process click Start then Run then type "dfrg.msc" (without the quotes). You can also get to the defragment program by going to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter .

Does a new hard drive speed the computer up?

Not directly. The organization of the new hard drive may increase the speed of responses however this hardware alone will not resolve the issue. Extraneous to this question is the current condition of the hard drive being replaced. Should the old hardware be presently on a slow downward spiral then (MORE)

How long does it take to defrag a hard drive?

It depends on two things. How big your drive is, and how fragmented it is. So any where from a few minutes to, I've experienced, over and hour.\n. \nAlso defrag is faster with a program like Diskeeper which can be set to defrag automatically as compared to the slow Windows program.

How long does it take defrag a hard drive?

This is entirely dependent on the size of the hard drive an its contents. One might say a fairly clean hard drive should defrag in less than 30 minutes. If your hard drive is cluttered and has not been defragged for a very long period of time it can take several hours. ----------------------------- (MORE)

Why do hard drives slow the computer as they fill up?

There are several reasons for this. 1. Fragmentation - As you keep using a computer with amechanical drive, the drive gets fragmented. The more things aredeleted, the more gaps there are between files, and the more thefiles get split up. So if a file is split, the hard drive headsmust travel to t (MORE)

Why would you defragment your hard drive?

Very very simple: Click the start button, then click on Control Panel, then click on Performance and Maintenance, finally click on Rearrange Items on Your Hard Disk to Make Programs Run Faster. The Disk Defragmenter Screen comes up. Select the drive you want to defragment, then click the Analyse b (MORE)

Which window is used to defrag a hard drive and check for errors?

The Properties screen is used for doing this. If you go to MyComputer (or Computer on newer ones), you can right-click on adrive letter and select Properties. From there, you go to Tools,and there you find options to defragment, check for errors, andeven backup your data.

On a computer if the hard drive is bad would the power button not lite up?

The power button would still light up if the hard drive is bad, but only your BIOS would boot up.. If the power button lights up this proves that you have +5 Volt rail from the PSU and that the switch circuitry on the motherboard is functioning. A simple way of proving that the PSU isproviding 12 (MORE)

Hard drive is going bad will it slow up computer?

Depending on what do you mean by "going bad". just so you know, the slowest component of the computer is it's hard drive (because it's mechanical) , therefore, a bad hard drive will probably slow things down.

What makes the speed up of your computer the memory or the hard drive?

Upgrading your memory(RAM) is the simplest way to speed up your PC. I recommend Kingston.com. There you can put your PC's info(model # and brand) and Kingston will tell you what type and how much memory your PC's capable of handling. Hard drives also contribute to PC speed as well, especially if (MORE)

Can you defragment your hard drive every week can you set a predetermined time?

The Windows defragger is set to defrag at a certain time, so techically the answer to your question is yes. But whether the scheduled task has run or whether it has defragged properly will depend on whether the PC was on, whether some program may have interrupted the process etc. As there isn't a ve (MORE)

Why should you periodically defragment the hard drive?

Over time the files on your computer can become very scattered. Files are found on hard drives by moving a tiny arm called a head across the surface of the disk. If the files are scattered it takes longer for the head to move across the disk and consequently for your computer to find the files (this (MORE)

How do you defragment your computer's hard drive?

You defragment you computer by, in Windows, going to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter. Macs file system does not need defragmenting, and all current Linux file systems.

What is computer defragment?

From time to time the computer removes data from the hard disc. Then it reuses that same area for information that it writes with new data. The computer can put data all over a disc. Looking for data in all sorts of places can make a computer run slow. A solution is to defragment the disc. Defragm (MORE)

What are the benefits of defragmenting your hard drive?

As your computer gets older and older, it fills up its memory and gets clogged up. This makes it take longer to access data. This is called fragmentation. De-fragmenting your hard drive will delete un-necessary files and errors (dont worry it wont delete your personal stuff) and makes finding certai (MORE)

How often does Windows 7 or Vista automatically defragment a hard drive?

It doesn't - unless you've set a schedule. The 'default' is Wednesday mornings at 1am - which is pointless because the computer cannot defrag the drive while it's switched off ! You would normally set the defrag program to run at a specific time and day which suits your needs. You can set it to (MORE)

What is defragmenting a hard drive?

Most modern operating systems use a file directory system to keeptrack of the physical locations of files. When you delete a file,its physical address is considered by the directory system to beunoccupied. New files being copied to the same drive will take upthose unoccupied spaces. If a file is lar (MORE)

How often does Windows 7 automatically defragment a hard drive?

Normally it doesn't defrag itself. So you will need to do ityourself if you want it to. to do that you will need to go tosearch bar and type defrag or disk defragmenter to be precise. Thenyou can change settings to be schedule so it automatically do itdaily, weekly or month, or you can just do it ma (MORE)