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Kudos0

Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

So yesterday I started a disk optimization. My computer has not had one of these in something like 200 days. The process has been going on for 24+ hours now, and after the 24 hour mark the "Time Elapsed" reset. Did I accidently restart the process? Is there something wrong with my computer? Is there anything I can do to speed this process up?

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Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

It may be 'Optimising' another drive.  The process may take a while if your hard drive is badly fragmented.

What is your Operating System?

What Norton product and which version?

What type of hard drive?  Is it a HDD or a SSD?

Do you have an external drive connected?

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

Right now I am using Windows 8.1. I have Norton Security with backup which was purchased in 2015, and the hard drive is an HDD.

Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

Sean: How much space of your hard drive is used?

I defragment daily and am currently using only 148 MB of my drive and it can take an hour or more. I use a defragger other than NS that not only defragments but has a layout plan where it places files for what the seller believes to be optimum. Not sure if NS does anything more than defragment. So I am not surprised that a drive that has not been defragmented in very long time would take a long time to complete. Defragging with an active real time a/v scanner in use has always been known to be slow. BUT unless you have a huge drive and use a lot of space, something sounds amiss. On occasion a defragger, like an on demand a/v scan  can get stuck on a large file.

I just ran NS Defrag and it completed in 3 seconds :-) But I cheated. I had defragged at 3 PM.

If this happened to me I would stop the process and start again. If it doesn't complete in a reasonable period of time you would know there is a real problem. Either with your NS installation, your hard drive, or some other program on your PC that conflicts with NS.

After a second try, before you have your PC checked out, download a trial version of a good defragger. Perfect Disk and O & O, are two that come to mind, both of which offer 30 day free trials. There are a few others. One of the best, whose name escapes me atm is free, but I always found it confusing.  Because these programs follow a lay-out program the first defrag will take a long time, but after that they should be able to complete a defarg during the night when you sleep.I recommend those cuz they recognize Shadow Copy and use a special defrag method to account for it. While Shadow Copy in 8.1 plays not as important role, or any, as it once did it's still in W 8.1.

Without knowing the amount of space on your drive that you use it is impossible to give a full answer.


 

Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

Win 8.1 actually defrags by itself, no need for 3rd party defrags. 3rd party defrags really haven't been needed since Win 7. OTOH it's possible your windows isn't doing auto defrag for some reason. To say Shadow Copy is not that important, well, ouch... without it, system restore won't work, file history and a host of other things. Oh and without it Norton backup, acronis and other such programs wouldn't work. Shadow copy is how you can back up a disk/partition and still use it at the same time with 3rd party backup programs, it allows running processes to keep running while being backed up.

Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

Thank you for the extensive response. My Hard Drive has 675 gigabytes in total, and I have used 120 gigabytes as of right now. I have just restarted the defragger again to see if it helps.

Kudos0

Re: Disk Optimization Taking Too Long

Do you use CC Cleaner - excellent free product-will remove uneeded data(used space) from your hard drive. Internet caches and such. Any other real time products in use. A 120 MB should not take so long ever. Please let us know how this second defrag works out.

If you try CC Clean FIRST on every use go to options>cookies. It will list all cookies on your drive. Some you may want to keep and can protect. All others will be removed.

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