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PostSubject: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Gw2 - along time - gets really slow even on modern sataIII HDD.
This happens because your gw2.dat files, which contains all in-game models, textures, maps etc gets fragmented and scattered all around your HDD sectors.
Symptoms are slow texture loadings, increased OS loading time,  performance decrease etc.

DO NOT DEFRAG YOUR DISK IF IT IS A SSD! (thanks Twapper)

In order to keep the database files all contiguous (to help the system read it without jumping all around the disk), you need to defrag.
You may want to defrag your HDD very often, but that could takes a lot of time.
You can optimize your GW2.dat file only. If you want, do the following:

- download the utility "Contig" from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897428.aspx
- extract the content somewhere
- from windows start menu execute the command cmd
- now go to the folder you extract the contig.exe file (eg. if you extracted it on the desktop type cd \Desktop or cd C:\Users\[yourusernamehere]\Desktop)
- type contig.exe "c:\program files (x86)\guild wars2\gw2.dat" (yes, with the " if you have spaces in the path)
- wait for the process to finish (it's a long process depending on how your database is fragmented)

If you prefer, there's also a GUI (interface) for contig, named "power defragmenter gui" that you can download from here:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/power_defragmenter_gui.html
I did not test it but I guess it make the whole process a bit easier.

Hope it helps
ShiJii


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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:41 am

very handy!

thanks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:12 pm

wow thanks a lot for this info!
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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:35 pm

Hmm, I tried it, let's see if I can spot the difference Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:43 pm

You should state in your post ShiJi:

For HDD only!!!

SSD defragmenting is pointless and even more harmful for the drive. <looking at you Balli!!! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:22 pm

me why me, I would never do anything harmful Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Defrag your GW2.dat for faster performance   Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:18 am

eheheh sorry I know nothing about SSD, they're still too expensive in my country. But good to know in advance that a defrag could be harmful!
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