Ideally, Defrag should run with as few programs in the background as possible.
When you run Disk Defragmenter (a.k.a. “Defrag”), you may discover that the program has trouble completing its process. Ideally, Defrag should run with as few programs in the background as possible. This reduces the possibility that changes will be made to the drive during the Defrag process, and cause Defrag to restart. Screen savers and power management utilities are two of the biggest problems for Defrag, so be sure that any screen savers and power management features are turned off before starting Disk Defragmenter. Right-click on the desktop and choose Properties. Select the Screen Saver tab and choose None from the drop-down menu. Then click the Settings button in the Energy Saving Features area and verify that the “System standby”, “Turn off monitor”, and “Turn off hard disks” features are all set to Never.
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