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Failed to initialze speed disk engine

I went to defragment my drive and got the "Failed to initialize speed disk engine" error message.  what is going on?



Re: Failed to initialze speed disk engine

I have been having to run Norton Utilities about once a week because the computer would slow to a crawl.  I would do a i-click optimization and a disk defrag.  That would speed it up for about a week, then I would have to do it again.  This has been going on for years.  (My patience has finally run out.)  I called Dell and had their techie work on the computer to get it speeded up again.  He said it was all set.  I checked Norton Utilities and it gave me only Fair performance and said I needed to defrag the drive.  I tried to do that but I got the "Failed to initialize speed disk engine" message.  Did the Dell techie delete something on me and if so how do I get it back.

Also, I could not get a straight answer out of him about what virus and internet protection to use.  He said that Norton conflicts with Windows defender.  What up with that.


Re: Failed to initialze speed disk engine

What operating system are you using? If Windows 10, be aware that Norton Utilities has not been functionally upgraded since before Windows 10 was introduced. So as it may run on Win 10, it has not been fully tweaked for that OS. That could be what is causing your only getting a Fair report from running Norton Utilities 1 click optimization. I have never seen a green/all good indication on my Win 10 system. 

Disk defragging is not as important as it used to be when the computers were sooooo sloooow. Modern computers and operating systems do not benefit in any perceptible manner with a disk defrag. In fact, current windows systems will deliberately fragment some files in a way that is supposed to enhance loading the files. If you just let Windows look after your hard drive fragmentation, you should be just fine. Personally, I disable all hard drive optimizations in my Norton Security and Norton Utilities  programs. I do the same for any registry optimizations, as they can also cause issues, and are well controlled by Windows itself.

If you have been having this issue for years, there must be some other underlying issue with your system. How much free space do you have on your hard drive? If the drive is nearly full, it can slow down your system. How much memory is installed on your system? Minimal memory resources will also slow your system.

There could also be some issues with your Windows installation. Click on Start and type CMD in the search box. Right click on cmd.exe and click on Run as Administrator. Type 'sfc /scannow' without the quotes. This will check your Windows installation and try to correct any errors it finds.

He said that Norton conflicts with Windows defender.  What up with that.

If you actually have Windows Defender real time protection enabled and you also have a third party AV, like Norton, running, there can be conflicts that could slow your system, and could actually reduce your protection. When a third party AV is installed, Defender's real time protection is usually disabled during the installation.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.

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