hard drive gaps

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by chilly, May 22, 2002.

  1. chilly

    chilly Guest

    when I defragment my hard drive their appears to be a large gap between files that does not move after defrag has finished, is this a bad or damaged sector, if not explanations would be appreciated
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

    Some files, like paging files and some system files, will not be moved during a normal defrag. These files can only be moved during a boot up defrag, that's probably why you see the gaps.

    Hope this helps:)
  3. allan

    allan Guest

    XP will not allow files that are "open" or in use to be moved or defragged.
  4. Jeff P

    Jeff P Guest

    Chilly - No worries. I get the same thing on my 4 computers. It is as Allan said, files that are in use cannot be moved in XP. Iceman is correct too. Your hard drive is fine - those gaps do not mean that you have damaged sectors.
  5. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    I've heard Iceman38 mention that you can remove these gaps by doing a boot-up defrag. How can I do this? If anyone has the asnswer please respond by emailing me (my addy is under my nickname on the left). My ICQ number is 162003296.
  6. BOBbagels

    BOBbagels Guest

  7. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    That was fast. I hit the refresh button 5 minutes after I had written the message and voila! A reply! Thanks, BOBbagels.