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Old 06-29-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Gaming while defragging

So if I'm defragging my hard drive, is it okay to do some gaming (provided I don't save any games)?
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:00 PM   #2
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Default Gaming while defragging

Your game still needs the hard drive, so defrag will continuously restart...it will never finish. You should see a bit of a perf decrease in the game as well.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:01 PM   #3
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Default Gaming while defragging

When you are optimizing your drive, you should go chill out and watch a ballgame. Let the defragger work without interference - i.e., any other competing use of the drive bening optimized.

That is why the best time to defrag is to schedule it while you are fast asleep - i.e., 0300.
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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Default Gaming while defragging

Since you are using Vista, you should just leave it alone and let it defrag whenever it wants to.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:06 AM   #5
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Default Gaming while defragging

With the automatic defraggers, which use CPU load and disk I/O sensing are usually less resource-intensive than the older scheduled-run defraggers, it should be safe to play while defrag runs in the background. I use a third party defrag utility on my XP Pro desktop, and I play COD4, Mass Effect etc, while it's defragging some drive, but it has never affected the FPS. Very transparent.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:20 AM   #6
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Default Gaming while defragging

Its fine, but do a virus scan and burn some dvd's while you're at it...
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