Gaming while defragging

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  1. tigersty1e

    tigersty1e Golden Member

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    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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  3. Slugbait

    Slugbait Elite Member

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    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.
     
  4. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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    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. :)
     
  5. Cutthroat

    Cutthroat Golden Member

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    Since you are using Vista, you should just leave it alone and let it defrag whenever it wants to.
     
  6. martensite

    martensite Senior member

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    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.
     
  7. shabby

    shabby Diamond Member

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