Gaming while defragging

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tigersty1e, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. tigersty1e

    tigersty1e Golden Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2004
    Messages:
    1,961
    Likes Received:
    0
    So if I'm defragging my hard drive, is it okay to do some gaming (provided I don't save any games)?
     
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads - Gaming defragging Forum Date
    new gaming monior General Hardware Thursday at 11:27 PM
    new Solid gaming pc needed. what parts? General Hardware Thursday at 4:04 PM
    gaming/vr build General Hardware Tuesday at 12:59 PM
    Would something like this work as a game server? General Hardware May 18, 2017
    Help regarding SSDs and defrag? General Hardware Jan 11, 2016

  3. Slugbait

    Slugbait Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    3,627
    Likes Received:
    0
    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
    Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2000
    Messages:
    26,428
    Likes Received:
    67
    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

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2002
    Messages:
    1,104
    Likes Received:
    0
    Since you are using Vista, you should just leave it alone and let it defrag whenever it wants to.
     
  6. martensite

    martensite Senior member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2001
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    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

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    5,725
    Likes Received:
    11
    Its fine, but do a virus scan and burn some dvd's while you're at it...