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Can't optimize Recovery

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 Pro


    2 answers:
    David Bailey, as I said, I had it set for weekly; the screen shot is when I was trying to optimize. I do not know why it is fragmented, I have never seen it before on any OS.

    LMiller7, as I said above, I have never seen this on "any" OS before, it is a freq.

    I just ran ChkDsk and there is not change.

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i agree,i would leave alone , a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way
    Could you clarify, "a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way".

    I don't understand it.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i agree,i would leave alone , a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way
    Could you clarify, "a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way".

    I don't understand it.
    Look at the screen shot and what Defrag says about "Recovery"... it should be optimized. I don't know why!
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  4. #14


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I can be of no further assistance.
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The recovery partition is for the exclusive use of the recovery system. It should not be modified in any way for any reason or it may not be able to serve it's intended purpose.
    i agree,i would leave alone , a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way
    By the way, it's usually a small partition and it's no used by the daily user so fragmentation is not an issue.

    What can always be done is temporary assign a drive letter to it, manually defragment it and then analyse it again and remove the drive letter.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Got it some what fixed:

    1. Added drive letter I:.
    2. Went to I: > Explorer > Properties > Tools > Scan and found errors.
    3. Ran sfc /scannow and it repaired some errors. Some errors were not repaired but I did not find anything in CBS.log except duplicate owners for some folders.
    4. Ran optimize and got fragmentation down to 1%.
    5. Removed the drive letter.

    Running 2 above no longer finds any errors. I went through the operations a couple of more times but did not accomplish anything.
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  7. #17


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i agree,i would leave alone , a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way
    Could you clarify, "a slightly fragmented drive is the a big issue any way".

    I don't understand it.
    sorry meant to type ,
    a slightly fragmented drive is not that big a deal anyway .

    and this is my opinion only ,i do fine with mine and many other i have had ,and i rarely defrag ,and i know people who never do .
    I work [as a hobby ] on other people computers ,and i never really noticed any difference after a defrag on theirs .
    Last edited by caperjack; 12 Oct 2013 at 14:21. Reason: correct a word
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Defrag says Recovery is fragmented, but will not optimize????
    Who cares? You don't use that partition on a daily basis, and only when reformatting your disk... I suppose you're probably just OCD and want everything to say 0%
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  9. #19


    Posts : 301
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Defrag says Recovery is fragmented, but will not optimize????
    Who cares? You don't use that partition on a daily basis, and only when reformatting your disk... I suppose you're probably just OCD and want everything to say 0%
    If you don't care, why are you sticking you nose it it? Some people are just agitators.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    The recovery partition is for the exclusive use of the recovery system. It should not be modified in any way for any reason or it may not be able to serve it's intended purpose.
    I absolutely agree with L. Miller. What you are seeing will never cause you an issue so just ignore it. FYI, I just installed Win 8.1 RTM and it won't let me touch that recovery partition. I tried to Optimize it and it just won't do it so I'm leaving mine alone.

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