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Can't optimize Recovery

  1. #21


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    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.
    Whatever, dude. Just pointing out how irrelevant it is.

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  2. #22


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    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.
    Now you might want to test the functionality associated with that partition just to make sure it still works as designed. Good luck.
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  3. #23


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    Windows 8 Pro


    The partition was corrupt and Windows 8 said "do something about it or you will not have any recovery" - see the screen shot. When I ran "scan" from properties and sfc, both said that there was errors in the partition, and now there isn't. I have 2 clones of that same hard disk and neither have any problems with fragmentation, why?
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  4. #24


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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey 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.

    It shouldn't be fragmented to start with.
    Please explain . . . if this was sat by the manufacture it may because they saw no reason for a defrag.I just checked my new Dell laptop's recovery drive and it showed eight percent fragmentation, hence I will leave it alone; just in case . .

    Darn it sure is good there is a edit button it took me four rewrites to hopefully get this little paragraph correct (hopefully), Stokes sure are fun it is like seeing or learning something new everyday. . .
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  5. #25


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    Funny that there have been articles recently on Defrag -- with modern SSD's and faster spinners really this is essentially a TOTAL NON ISSUE apart from the rare case of "Virtual Hard Drive" defragmentation when using Virtual machines - however this case is addressed by using the Virtual Machine software utilities itself and is a "Softare re-org" not a hardware issue. -- Defragging a partition that is unlikely EVER to be used (the manufacturers recovery one) is POINTLESS in the extreme and totally unnecessary.

    This type of process belongs in the realm of DINOSAUR TECHNOLOGY -- if you have USER DATA (such as music / office documents, films etc) on separate disks to your OS (or at least separate partitions) you should NEVER need to defrag a disk -- playing music for example doesn't require a decent amount of disk optimisation - or even writing a word document.

    Backing up the OS with a separate backup / recovery program is IMO far better than using the manufacturers recovery partitioin -- Back that up ONCE with your own backup program and store it away. You can then DELETE that partition -- restore from your backup if you really need to get back to the original "shop" state.

    Why on earth all this nonsense of defrag is suddenly appearing in late 2013 is beyond me -- has somebody got a "Job Lot" of a de-fragger for sale !!


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Everyone seems to think they know better than I do, then:

    Here is Recovery saying that I am fragmented and Windows 8 saying that it needs to be optimized.
    Partitions properties > Scan says the partition is corrupt.
    SFC says the partition is corrupt.
    ChkDsk says no problems.
    2 other cloned hard drives do not have the problem.

    Want to explain another resolve to the problem????
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  7. #27


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Everyone seems to think they know better than I do, then:

    Here is Recovery saying that I am fragmented and Windows 8 saying that it needs to be optimized.
    Partitions properties > Scan says the partition is corrupt.
    SFC says the partition is corrupt.
    ChkDsk says no problems.
    2 other cloned hard drives do not have the problem.

    Want to explain another resolve to the problem????
    Hello rdrwray,

    I really think that everyone was just either trying to help directly or just expressing their opinion. Sometimes, a specific post or issue will receive many varying suggestions and your issue seemed to trigger a bunch of them. With that said, it sounds like you may have fixed your issue, and if you have been able to verify same, please consider marking this thread as solved and good luck to you going forward.

    Cheers,

    my2cents
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  8. #28


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    Windows 8 Pro


    my2cents, I agree with everything you said, but how do we know that it is solved for sure?
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  9. #29


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    Windows 8.1


    I agree with everything you said, but how do we know that it is solved for sure?
    One would have to test the functionality associated with the recovery partition that was massaged. Now, in my case, I would simply create a USB recovery drive, boot from it, and see if I can navigate throughout. However, I sense there are distinct differences between our installations; in that, I have a self-built UEFI install and you appear to have a Dell configuration which may require a completely different methodology to test. With that said, I would look to Dell for instructions on how to do that in your particular case (and configuration). My uneducated guess is that you are probably OK at this point but I (personally) would want to know for sure. Good luck and I hope this information helps you. Good luck.

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  10. #30


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    Windows 8 Pro


    My recovery is considerably larger -8.42 GB; 89% free. I have 3 OS running and 4 partitions.

    Your Recovery is saying "Needs Optimized" also, have you ran: Right click on partition > Properties > Tools > Scan ?
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