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Ewen
02-16-2002, 05:10 PM
I dual boot using ME and XP but I find that defragging with XP seems to take forever and after it's done the files never look 'continuos' (no blank spots) like they do in ME. If I have booted into ME can I defrag both systems from there without causing problems?:bounce:

Albinus
02-16-2002, 05:41 PM
What file system are you using for Windows XP? If it's NTFS you can't defrag it via Windows ME - WinME can't understand the NTFS file system. If it's FAT32 - I don't know - I wouldn't be game to try though ;)

Ewen
02-16-2002, 06:20 PM
Should've put that info in... FAT32:bounce2:

Sir MMPD
02-17-2002, 05:49 PM
Well If ya want there to be no holes ya could always use nortons defragmenter in Norton system Works 2002 ...

It works pretty decently but personnaly id stick with the Win XP defragmenter works a whole lot better far as i have seen by performance anyway.. :)

Ewen
02-17-2002, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. I am going to 'Ghost' my system and have a go at the ME defrag utility and if it works well and good. if it fails I'll restore the 'Ghost'. Either way I'll report back here.:sun:

Albinus
02-17-2002, 06:12 PM
Coolies - do let us know if it works :bounce: :bounce2:

Sir MMPD
02-17-2002, 06:16 PM
np

hope ya get it working :)

Ewen
02-18-2002, 04:10 PM
:sun: It works. I have two drives and four partitions... ME on c: XP on d: and e: and f: and I selected the lot from ME and let 'er rip. Booted up to XP and no problems at all. When I checked the defrag 'Analyse' in XP I had one great big blue square with the odd unmovables here and there.:D :D :D

Albinus
02-18-2002, 04:13 PM
Great to hear Ewen - thanks for getting back to us :thumb:

Sir MMPD
02-18-2002, 10:00 PM
coolz glad you got it to work
:D

Kheldar
02-20-2002, 05:47 PM
I used to defrag my hd's using win2k defrag And win98se defrag back in the bad days (pre XP) - never had a problem - so I can't see any problems with doing it with ME/XP

Morgan_Lander
03-02-2002, 02:39 PM
I had major slowdowns defragging an OS partition within a different OS when dual booting. Also, I've had major problems with the Norton Systems works package. The Anti-Virus is great, but most of the other stuff "fixes" your system.:thumbs do
Just my 2 cents.

Ewen
03-02-2002, 07:24 PM
Thanks for your post Morgan_Lander... all help is much appreciated

Albinus
03-03-2002, 12:29 PM
I have actually had a very different situation with Norton SystemWorks... I only ever use Norton Disk Doctor and Speed Disk, with no problems at all. I would be very happy to pay for a "cut-down" version of SystemWorks with only these two programs - the rest of the suite is :thumbs do IMHO.

Morgan_Lander
03-06-2002, 11:13 PM
I'd agree with you on that one.

DigitalDD
03-07-2002, 12:20 AM
I have actually had a very different situation with Norton SystemWorks... I only ever use Norton Disk Doctor and Speed Disk, with no problems at all. I would be very happy to pay for a "cut-down" version of SystemWorks with only these two programs - the rest of the suite is :thumbs do IMHO.

I dunno what to say since Norton utilities which includes DD & SD seems to cost more than system works whereever I look.

I do like the fact that you can run SpeedDisk off the Norton utilities CD without installing Norton utilities.

you can also boot off the CD to run Disk Doctor, Disk Edit, UnErase, & something else [WipeInfo maybe?]..

Tor
03-07-2002, 06:17 AM
I dual boot using ME and XP but I find that defragging with XP seems to take forever and after it's done the files never look 'continuos' (no blank spots) like they do in ME. If I have booted into ME can I defrag both systems from there without causing problems?:bounce:

I certainly wouldn't recommend it. Not because it won't work or will do any harm - it won't. But because XP actually puts the "holes" there for performance reasons. Also XP will put the files in certain order, which you won't get with the ME defragger.