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  1. Thanks for the new "Move Highlighted to End of Drive" option on files. A question about how that works. I can see that the blue indicator shows the file(s) have indeed been moved to the end of the drive area. Good. Now, what if I later run a full drive "Defrag". Will Defraggler remember that I asked for those files to be moved to the end? And thus leave them there at the end zone? Or will it just look at them as regular files and try to shuffle them back up to the front/earliest open space? If this latter, then Each time I do a Move Highlighted to End of Drive, I would need to follow up with an Exclude file (or directory) so that it does not get pushed back to the front. Can someone let me know which way this is? Thank you.
  2. Thanks for the reply. Already have those items excluded. That is, Options/ Advanced are: Enable Shell - ON Show folder index entries - ON Cache analysis data - ON Use custom fragmentation settings: Exclude Restore point - YES Exclude Hibernation - YES (which makes no difference as I do not allow machine to use Hibernation) Stop VSS when defragmenting NTFS - ON. I do have a bunch of other excluded files/directories of things I don't want moved, or of large files that there is no need to shuffle around. I suppose I could try to purge all settings, uninstall and reinstall. But how can I restore all the settings that have taken me a loooonnng time to type in (as the excluded files and directories). As posted elsewhere in forum, my CPU usage for doing the whole drive "Defrag" ranges from 25 to 58% CPU. So Defraggler is doing a lot of 'thinking about' what and how to move each file, it seems.
  3. Yes, a merge sounds like a good idea. Keep the same reported issue in one thread. Sorry if I posted this to the wong thread -- I just did not want to start a new (third) thread. And I am never exactly sure whether an issue should be in one of the two subforums, or the parent forum. I confess, I am confused by the structure of three forum areas for Defraggler: -- Defraggler Discussion (parent forum): . . . . . . . . . . .| -- Defraggler Bug Reporting (sub forum) . . . . . . . . . . .| -- Defraggler Suggestions (sub forum) with all three having content. Yes, clear that bugs should be in the Bug Reporting sub forum. But I see suggestions in both Suggestions and Discussion (parent). Perhaps the Discussion top level is supposed to be for non-bugs and no-suggestions...?
  4. Thanks for the Disable Floppy via Hardware Device Manager suggestion. This works for me as my floppy drive is actually mostly broken and rarely works (and so I rarely even try to put a floppy in there). I just did the Disable Device and now Defraggler does not cause the floppy chunk/grind noise. Of course, this is a solution for relatively few, as most folks with a working Floppy drive will not want this as a permananent workaround.
  5. Might be same issue of Defraggler running very slow: My normal daily use of Defraggler, as a tool to defragment just the fragmented files -- seems to be working well and as expected. But the whole drive defragment (button: "DEFRAG") has been going incredibly slowly for the last 2 or so releases. Currently using latest Defraggler v2.11.560 I've been meaning to post here about it, but see now that I may not be alone. On the one hand, it usually says it will take more than 24 hours to defragment the C drive. On the other hand, I can watch at the main info first tab, and see that it moves approximately one file per 2 or 3 seconds. And uses about 50% CPU while running. These files are just small multi-KB files, not Megabytes. I almost feel I could manually defragment the drive faster myself. (Of course that is a silly exaggeration, but that is the way it feels when it takes three seconds to move a 5 KB file from one place to another.) Configuration info follows. And note that I run Diskcheck regularly on the drive, both from Windows Explorer Drive Properties (at "Next Boot") and also occasionally from boot up Recovery Console Chkdsk /p. I Diskcheck about twice a week. And I run a CD boot tool about every two months or so to check drive diagnostic quick test, Result = OK, and surface check, Result = OK (I check this frequently because this is an older computer...). Windows XP Pro SP3, 2 GB RAM, P4 3.2GHz, Sony Vaio PCVRS530G minitower Processes at boot up time: 44, with about 425 MB of 2 GB availble RAM in use after boot. I rarely see more than 1 GB RAM used (unless I let Firefox stay open with dozens of tabs...) Avira Free AV, with an exception (to not monitor) applied to Defraggler. Fans and temps are clean and OK. CPU at 41C (currently) and HD at 41C (currently), when just running Browser, and Defraggler is open but idle. When I start the Defraggler full drive "Defrag" process, CPU goes up to 45-58% utilization, and CPU Temp goes up to 47 to 55C. HD drive temp goes up to 43-44C range. Temps and CPU as measured by Task Manager, System Explorer and SpeedFan. HD status (below) as measured by HDD Health, CrystalDiskInfo and HD Sentinel. Defraggler v 2.11.560 currently. Prior ver 2.10, etc. Main drive: 160 GB HD, SMART values 'Good/Healthy" Seagate ST3160021A, divided into two volumes: Vol C: 128 GB, 95-100 GB used (avg), 33-25 GB free (avg). I try to never let it get below 18% (or 25 GB) free. currently today it is 97.0 GB used, 30.9 GB free as per Windows Explorer. this has the OS and User files and programs. No disk compression, though indexing is turned on. and, Vol D: 21 GB, 15-18 GB used (avg), 3-6 GB free (avg). I try to never let it get below 3 GB free. this is my Downloads folder, where I tend to see most of my file downloading and compressing/decompressing activity. I defrag this one less often, though it acts the same: if I run Defraggler fragmented files only it defrag relatively well/quickly. But whole drive defrag runs incredibly slow. And for reference, Auslogics Disk Defrag process the whole drive optimize of the same C drive in about 10-20 minutes, compared to the 24 hours it seems that Defraggler would like to take. I have allowed Defraggler to process a while, found that after I was away for several hours, it still had 20 hours to go. So it really is SLOW in the whole drive "Defrag" mode. Hope this helps.
  6. I agree that new Defraggler ver 2.11 is now causing my floppy drive (which is mostly broken... ) to make chunking or grinding read sounds every time that: - Defraggler starts up, - Defraggler disk focus is changed to a different HD (by my clicking on different HD), - whenever I use Right-click to Check a folder from Explorer, - whenever I use Right-Click to Defragment a file or folder from Explorer. I NEVER click on the Floppy drive A itself (from Windows) - and actually, it does not even show in the Defraggler drive list. I also have unchecked (removed) the reference to "Show Removeable drives" as suggested. But making that change to not show them makes no difference -- Defraggler 2.11 still causes the floppy drive to grind. And though I do not generally defragment my many removeable flash drives, I do find it useful and interesting to be able to see how space is being used on them. So I do not think I will like to have "Removeable Drives" permanently off. My only 'solution' may be to open the computer and remove the data and power cables to the floppy drive... which may be OK for me since the drive rarely functions properly, but not so good for people who have working floppy drive(s). [Windows XP Pro SP3, 2 GB RAM, P4 3.2GHz, Sony Vaio PCVRS530G minitower]
  7. Thanks Piriform, for the v 2.11 "Added right-click Move File to end of Drive feature." I think it would still be great to be able to mark a FOLDER as well -- such as the System Volume Information folder.
  8. (See below, was result of incompatible option while full defrag was running) I am unable to select or setup the Custom fragmentation setting (in Options / Advanced / Use custom fragmentation settings: Define). That whole line is 'grayed out' and cannot be selected. I do have various other selections enabled, and which I am able to turn off or on. (such as, same page: Enable Shell Extension - is on, and works, Show folder index entries in file list - is on and works Show cleanup drive - I usually have off, but is selectable Cache analysis data of multiple drives - is on Stop VSS when defragmenting NTFS - is on. [Defraggler 2.10.424, Windows XP Pro SP3, good ol' fashioned spinning HD, 160GB] --------------------------------------------------- Never mind!! I discovered I cannot change that one option while a 'full' defrag is running. But the other options can be changed while running. Guess I was impatient about changing that item, as the defrag itself was running soooooooooooo slowly, moving about one file per second (according to the lower left file status line) with hours to go, that I wanted to test the option without having to restart the whole defrag. OKee Dokey....................
  9. I also would like to see this feature added. For Example, I would use it to move my ERDNT registry backup files to the end of the drive - since under normal circumstances, I rarely refer to those files, being as they are emergency use only data. I would also like to put my Restore point System Volume Information files at the back for same reason, that they are written only once per day and read from only in case of emergency. Thanks!
  10. I would love to see this feature implemented. (I might have even made a post about it sometime... can't remember now) (This feature does exist, fyi, in Auslogics Free Defrag, just sayin')
  11. Here is an update, from my various follow-on troubleshooting steps. Over the past few days, I have booted my computer from several of my CD emergency boot disks, and run various tests on the machine: Several passes of several Disk check and scan/recover surface media. I get a clean bill from these (sometimes the first pass says unspecified errors found, nothing serious, and then second pass indicates all is fixed and good). Ran Memtest86+ (2.11) and it showed the 2 GB RAM is OK (all white text, no RED errors. Whew. ). I ran two other defragment apps, Auslogics Disk Defrag, and MyDefrag - both version 4.2.6 (from CD boot) and later/last 4.3.1 (from Windows) of MyDefrag. They all were able to finish a full disk defrag and complete successfully. The one interesting -and significant- thing to note, the MyDefrag log file indicated there were several unmoveable files, a few system files (expected), and three user data files - which I did not expect. I tried looking at those files, and was able to view, copy and moved them OK to a different drive. Two were jpg image files, less than 128KB each, nothing special about them. No indications as to why they were found unmoveable by MyDefrag. And one system restore file: "A0019147.dll" (27KB), which I was also able to copy no problem to a different drive. Only thing about that A0019147 was the 'compressed' attribute, but most restore files also have that. So again, nothing special as to why MyDefrag said it was unmoveable, out of hundreds (or thousands even) of other restore files which are able to be moved/optimized. After moving the two (alleged) 'unmoveable' jpg files, and leaving the A0019147 as it was, and several reboots, I did a full uninstall of Defraggler. Waited a day, then a clean re-install Defraggler 2.9.0 fresh. Now Defraggler runs the full disk Defrag successfully. Hurray. Ran it in mostly default mode (that is, I entered no exclusions, no special move rules). So my final thoughts on the three crashes of 2.9.0 earlier this week and last: (a.) being repeatable, it was probably tied to either some weird file occupancy/attributes data actually on the disk (ref. the quote 'unmoveable' regular files which MyDefrag log file indicated it found) which caused Defraggler to crash -- this is what I consider most likely. If this was indeed the cause, It would probably be better for Defraggler to issue an error, rather than crash ... Or, (b.) possible corruption of the Defraggler installed app, or its options, itself. In either case, my cleaning the drive, moving files and re-installing Defraggler seem to have gotten me past the crashes, as it now performs a full disk defrag on my C drive and goes to completion. This adventure did highlight a few things about the Defrag programs which I was not aware of before, and prompts me to write up a couple of small suggestions, which I will post separately. So for now, I consider the issue to be resolved. :)
  12. Some good ideas, SuperFast. Since this crash only occurs in one particular module of Defraggler (the right-click, full disk defrag of my C volume), I had not even thought to think of memory (small computer tech joke...) Though, Since I do tech work, I was the one to install the RAM, and at the time of installation am rather (over) meticulous about snapping in the RAM cleanly - static protected, never touching the gold contacts, ensuring the little tabs snap back up and fully into their respective semi-circle DIMM edge cutouts, and all that sort. Although not recently, I have run Memtest86+ on this system, in its 2GB config. But won't hurt to run it again, next time I boot, via one of my boot-disk CDs. So I'll plan on that soon. Thx. it is mysterious
  13. P.S., forgot to include the May 13 Defraggler crash snapshots ... here they are. Defraggler 290 crashed again may 13 e02b_appcompat.txt ---the so-called report to Microsoft data file 2012-05-13_180651 Defraggler 290 crash on full defrag C-.png ---which shows a different file on the status focus info line, lower left. So seems not to be in exactly the same place as previous crashes, I think. 2012-05-13_1819 Defraggler verifying C-.png ---Running the Defraggler Verify. 2012-05-13_1823 Defraggler states error found, run Chkdsk F-.png ---where Defraggler states it cannot finish verify, and requests a normal Windows chkdsk. 2012-05-13_1823 Defraggler schedules Chkdsk f of C drive-.png ---the chkdsk f is now scheduled. 2012-05-13_1759 Ready to start Defraggler full on C, Health Good-.png ---and lastly, though should have been first, the snap before I started the full C drive defrag, showing Defraggler Health Good status info. Thanks. ___________________ P.S. Looking at the Event log file (attached in prev email as 'Defraggler 290 crash May 13 notes.txt'), I see that all three of the listed Defraggler crashes identify "fault address 0x0011b95a." Same address for all three recent crashes in the event log. Just FYI. And I guess I should have made the title to "three crashes" not just the two I had in mind when I posted yesterday. (But am not going to change the title, since title names are sometimes used to re-find things... ) . Defraggler 290 crashed again may 13 e02b_appcompat.txt
  14. Thanks all. I like the signature quote: "try to stay calm" Kind of like the Hithhikers GTTG "Don't Panic" (which I have as one of my several desktop wallpapers) I ran a bootup, Recovery Console Dskchk again. This time specifying the /r command, to try to recover any bad sectors. Did it twice, as is my practice when the first statement comes back "... found errors " and second time it came back with the (expected) "...has finished checking the drive." Since the /r command was specified it took a loooooooooong time. Ran Defraggler today: (a) first, in the usual method of analyze and defrag just the fragmented files. (Note that I have a bunch of temp files, SysVolInf, etc, on the exclude list). It ran fine, as usual. on both C partition and D partition. (b ) ran a full disk defrag -via right click- on my D partition (second of two partitions on my C,D Seagate 160GB). It took about 20 minutes and ran to completion OK. (c ) Thus encouraged, I ran a full disk defrag on volume C. Boom. It crashed after about 4 or 5 minutes. "fault address 0x0011b95a." (d) I then ran the Defraggler Verify disk on C. Note that it reports SMART health as Good. The Defraggler verify failed, and asked me to schedule a Chkdsk /f, which I have and will be doing on reboot. This time, I am attaching a text file of the relevant Event Log entries. That is, just the Defraggler errors, and the several Winlogon Checkdisk routines I have run - at least, what it decided to record from them. (It is too bad that Microsoft provides no way to capture all of the info from the many Checkdisk runs I have done. As the messages in the event log do not exactly match what I have seen onscreen from the several Recovery Console (dos style) status messages I have been running. Oh Microsoft, why do you do these to us...) Even though the Recovery Console Chkdsk /r came back "clean" on its second pass, and always comes back clean on its second pass of /p, I am starting to wonder if there is something wonky in my C drive, the sectors about, oh, 10 % into my drive. Note that in all other respects, my computer seems fine. Computer boots fine (I shut it off overnight). Programs run. Browsers (FF, IE) browse web. Files download. Windows updates, Words process, e-mails, etc. Only Defraggler seems to be encountering this glitch. I guess I could try a pass with MyDefrag or JKDefrag, or Auslogics Defrag (which I used to use before switching to Defraggler). I will keep an eye here for future thoughts. (I also am not ready to tweak the booting process... as I am not sure what 'act' 'exi' and 'bcdboot' will do. I looked up the DiskPart command options and did not find those. Maybe they are new to Win7. I have only ol' XP. ) Defraggler 290 crash May 13 notes.txt
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