I had this problem when using Win98 and found the only thing to reliably to
work was to shut the system down and then boot back up in safe mode and run
the defrag program. As you suspect there are other programs and processed
running in the background that cause Windows to think the disk information
has changed and to restart defrag. I played around with killing processes
and then decided to just go to safe mode. Usually you can get to safe mode
by hitting F8 while windows is just starting to boot, or if that doesn't
work, then dig out the old manuals and look up how to get to safe mode with
your particual computer since some don't use the F8 key to do it.
Hope this helps.
"Lawrence Blake" <lawrence.bl...@sympatico.ca> wrote in messagenews:WqWad.27072$3C6.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> I have Windows 98 and the disk defragmenter has recently stopped working
> It starts off OK and then returns to the beginning with a message
> It will then repeat this process for hours and never complete the
> I thought (and still think) that it might be Norton Antivirus interfering,
> Maybe there are other background programs that could be the culprit. If
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