02-18-2011 08:45 AM
My PC: Toshiba Equium P200-1IR DC2G120 * 2.00GB RAM * 32-bit
C drive: 14.6 GB free of 55.8 * E drive: 44.1 GB free of 54.4
Norton has started telling me my PC "requires disk optimization to improve performance".
Disk C is analyzed in about 2 or 3 minutes, but when disk E is being defragmented, the PC
freezes and after a while bluescreens and shuts down, usually after several minutes,
although it once ran for some 27 minutes before freezing. Norton suggested I run a
comprehensive scan: I did, and it froze. I tried a defragmenting tool; that froze, too,
Windows CHKDSK said one of my disks needed to be "cheched for consistency". It ran its
checks, but to no avail: the 'Attention' message remains, and the PC continues to freeze
and bluescreen whenever I try to optimize/defragment disk E. I confess to being a
Technophobe First Class: to me, my PC is a typewriter with a tv screen and a music system.
I cannot (and have no wish to be able to) tell a widget from a gizmo. Any thoughts, anyone?
02-18-2011 09:50 AM
02-18-2011 10:13 AM - edited 02-18-2011 10:14 AM
In XP, the optimizer defragments the boot volume only (%systemroot%), normally the C:\Windows folder. In Vista and WIndows 7 the entire drive that contains the boot volume is defragmented. Assuming in your case that C:\ is your boot drive, optimizer should not even be attempting to defrag E:\. You would need to run the Windows Defragmenter manually for drives other than C:\.