Reader Noel Evans wrote from New Zealand after my article on Program ‘Not Responding’ Messages recently:
Hi there Terry
Many thanks for your prompt reply. I was surprised to see that I made your newsletter the very next day!
I’ve tried re-booting more frequently like you suggested, and while the problem is not completely gone, it is far better. I also found a page on the Cnet forums that suggested disk defrag which I’ve also done. Funnily enough, Microsoft disk defrag was showing 0% fragmented any time I looked (I had scheduled weekly), so I thought "no problem". So I tried a defrag using Piriform’s free "DeFraggler" and it ran for about 8 hours, so laptop now working a bit better.
Incidentally, I really like Piriform’s free products like CCleaner, Recuva, and Defraggler. They seem to be pretty efficient. Might be worth an investigation for you newsletter?
I responded to Noel that this is what happens when I’m trying to figure out an article to write <grin>.
It looks like my own problem was pretty much solved when I followed my own advice and used PCMatic on my home theater PC. I’d used it on my desktop and hadn’t noticed that the hesitation problem had stopped (it had!), and used it on my wife’s computer, too. I had not used it on my home theater pc — I installed it, let it do its thing — including defragmenting the drives — and the new hesitation problem in the HTPC software (SageTV) is now gone!
I’ve downloaded DeFraggler and plan to give it a try. My intent is to try it as an alternative defragmenter on my HTPC, since I’m defragging three 2-TB drives.
I use one of the other recommended programs occasionally with my home theater PC. Recuva, specifically Recuva Portable, is a great tool for undeleting recordings, as long as I get to them before they’re overwritten.