- ERROR_DISK_TOO_FRAGMENTED may appear in connexion to storage issues.
- If you're searching for a solution, our best guess is that you're already facing this annoying error. So here's how to fix it!
- No system error is ever a good thing, but there are ways to eliminate them. Check out our System Errors Hub for help.
- Don't forget to explore our Windows 10 Troubleshooting Guides for even more tech tips and tricks.
ERROR_DISK_TOO_FRAGMENTED is a system error and it’s usually related to storage problems.
This error comes with The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation message, and today we’re going to show you how to fix this error on Windows 10.
How can I fix ERROR_DISK_TOO_FRAGMENTED error?
1. Recover your files
First thing’s first: you can fix this problem by recovering your files to another hard drive.
To complete this process, we recommend using a specialized tool such as Stellar Data Recovery.
Stellar Data Recovery is the go-to solution for recovering lost or deleted files in any format (document, emails, photos, videos, and more), across multiple Windows devices and storage media.
You can even use it on severely corrupted or formatted drives or RAW drive volumes and it will still work like a charm.
So, if you’re looking for a data recovery software that is both reliable and efficient, this Stellar-powered solution is your best bet.
Let’s quickly look at its key features:
- Retrieve any file format from all Windows-running devices and external medias
- Scan an entire hard drive or a specific location (Deep Scan and Quick Scan modes available)
- Recover data from severely corrupt hard drives and formatted partitions
- Preview mode to check the images before recovery
- Filters to help you sort the files for easy recovery
- Native support for all storage media including mobile or camera memory cards, Flash cards, SD cards, hard disks, and more
- Save Scan & Resume Recovery
Stellar Data RecoveryRecover deleted files in any format from any Windows device or storage media be it corrupted, encrypted or formatted.
2. Install the latest updates
Many system errors can occur due to certain bugs and glitches. Windows 10 has a couple of bugs and compatibility issues, but if you want to keep your system free from errors it’s advised to keep your Windows updated.
By default, Windows 10 automatically downloads updates, but sometimes you can skip an important update.
If you don’t want to wait for Windows to automatically check for updates, you can do that manually by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Update & security section and click on Check for updates button.
Windows will now check for any available updates. If updates are available, Windows will download them in the background and install them once you restart your PC.
After your Windows is updated, check if the problem still appears.
3. Perform a Clean boot
Third-party applications can often start automatically with your PC and cause this and other errors to appear.
To fix this issue, many users are suggesting to perform a Clean boot. To do that, you need to disable all startup applications and services.
This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK to start it.
- Navigate to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services. Click on Disable all.
- Navigate to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
- Once Task Manager opens you’ll see a list of all startup applications. Select the first item on the list and click on the Disable button. Now repeat the same steps for all entries on the list.
- After you disable all entries on the list close Task Manager. Now go back to the System Configuration window and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
After doing that, you need to restart your PC to apply changes. When your PC restarts, check if the problem still appears.
If not, it’s certain that one of your startup apps or services was causing the issue. To find the problematic application you need to repeat the same steps and enable apps and services one by one or in groups.
Keep in mind that you need to restart your PC after enabling each group of apps or services to apply changes. After you find the problematic app you need to disable it or remove it from your PC.
Alternatively, you can try to update the application to the latest version and check if that solves the problem.
4. Check your antivirus software
In some cases, your antivirus software can prevent you from accessing certain directories.
Even though antivirus is important, many antivirus tools tend to use certain policies that can interfere with your system and cause this and other system errors to occur.
If you’re using third-party antivirus software, we advise you to check its configuration and try disabling certain options.
Keep in mind that each antivirus software is different, so you might have some problems finding and disabling the problematic feature.
If you’re not familiar with your antivirus and computer security, you might be able to temporarily fix this problem by disabling your antivirus.
Even if you disable your antivirus your PC will remain protected thanks to the Windows Defender, so you don’t have to worry about your security.
You can also try to temporarily remove your antivirus. To do that, we strongly advise you to use dedicated removal tool to remove any leftover files.
Many antivirus companies offer these types of tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus.
After you completely remove your antivirus, check if the problem still appears. If the issue is resolved, you might want to consider switching to different antivirus software.
Alternatively, you can try to install the latest version of your antivirus and check if that solves the error.
5. Change your Web Publishing settings
If you’re experiencing this error while using ISA server, you might be able to fix it by changing few settings.
According to users, simply navigate to Web Publishing settings in ISA server and check the Send the original host header to the publishing server instead of the actual one (specified above) checkbox.
After enabling this option, the error should be resolved completely.
6. Switch to a different network
Several users reported The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation error message while trying to sync their files with OneNote.
It seems that the issue is caused by network or network configuration, so if you’re having a similar problem, you might want to contact your network administrator.
As a workaround you can try connecting to a different network and check if that solves the problem.
Users reported that switching to a guest network fixed the problem for them, so be sure to try using a different network.
7. Run chkdsk scan
If you’re still getting this error message it’s possible that your files are corrupted. File corruption can occur due to malware or power loss, but you might be able to fix your files using chkdsk scan.
To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin). If you cannot run Command with administrative rights, have a look at this easy guide.
- Once Command Prompt starts, enter chkdsk /f X: and press Enter to run the command. Keep in mind that you need to replace X with the letter that represents the problematic drive.
- Wait for the scan to complete.
After the scan, check if the error message still appears on your PC.
8. Perform an SFC scan
Another cause for these errors can be Windows corruption. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it by performing an SFC scan. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- When Command Prompt starts, enter sfc/scannow and press Enter to run it.
The scanning process will now start. The scanning process can take a while, so don’t interrupt it. After the scanning is complete, check if the problem still persists.
In some cases, you might not be able to run SFC scan or the scan might not be able to fix your problem.
To fix the problem you might want to try performing a DISM scan instead. To do that, follow these steps:
Start Command Prompt as administrator.
1. Once the Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
2. If any of these two commands report any corruption, you need to use this command:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth. Keep in mind that this process can take a while, so be sure not to interrupt it.
After completing the scan, check if the problem still appears.
9. Restore Windows from a backup
Many users tend to create an image file of their hard drive and use it to fix problems. This is one of the simplest, although not the fastest way to fix almost any problem on your PC.
By using this method, you’ll restore your hard drive and PC to the state when the hard drive image was created.
Keep in mind that this solution will revert any recent changes or saved files, so be sure to back them up.
We have to mention that this solution works only if you already have your hard drive image and backup ready. If not, you should try some other solution from this article.
10. Reformat your removable storage
If The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation message appears while using removable storage, you might be able to fix it by reformatting it.
You should know that formatting your storage will remove all your files from it, so be sure to back them up in advance.
After backing up your files, you need to reformat your removable storage by doing the following:
- Connect your removable storage and go to This PC.
- Locate the removable storage, right click it and choose Format from the menu.
- Format window will now appear. Select the desired formatting options and click on Start.
- Wait for the formatting process to finish.
This is a simple solution that will remove all your files from removable storage, so be sure to back them up beforehand.
11. Defragment your drive
If you’re getting this error, you might want to try defragmenting your hard drive.
Defragmentation is a useful procedure that optimizes all your stored data allowing you to access it faster. To defragment your drive, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter defragment. Select Defragment and Optimize Drives from the menu.
- Optimize Drives window will now appear. You’ll see a list of all your drives. Select the problematic drive and click on Analyze. Windows will now scan your drive and check its fragmentation.
- After the scanning is finished, select the same drive and click Optimize.
Defragmentation can take a while depending on the size of your hard drive, so don’t interrupt it. After the process is finished, check if the error message still appears.
If you want, you can also use a third-party defragmentation software instead.
Many users prefer third-party tools because they offer more features, so feel free to use one of these tools if you want.
12. Use System Restore
Another way to fix this problem is to use System Restore. Windows usually creates restore points automatically, so if this error started appearing recently, you might be able to solve it by restoring your PC.
This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Choose Create a restore point from the menu.
- System Properties window will now appear. Click on System Restore button.
- Select Choose a different restore point and click on Next.
- Check Show more restore points option and select the desired restore point. Now click on Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the restoration.
After restoring your PC, check if the error still persists.
13. Reset Windows 10
If you’re still having this error, you might want to try resetting Windows 10 as a final solution.
This process will remove all your files from your system drive, so we advise you to back them up.
In addition to backing up your files, you might need to create a Windows 10 installation media to perform a reset.
⇒ To do that, you can use Media Creation Tool.
After backing up your files, you can reset Windows by doing the following:
- Open the Start Menu and click the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart from the menu.
- Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything.
- You might be asked to insert Windows 10 installation media. If so, be sure to insert it.
- Select your version of Windows and choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
- You’ll now see the list of changes that reset will perform. Once you’re ready to start, click on Reset.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset. Once the process is done, you’ll have a clean installation of Windows 10.
Now you just have to check if the error still appears. If not, install your applications and move the files from the backup.
The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation message and ERROR_DISK_TOO_FRAGMENTED error can cause problems on your PC, but we hope you managed to solve them by using one of our solutions.
Let us know what worked for you by reaching for the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.