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A defragging tip for Mac Steam gamers
Authored by: dethbunny on Sep 30, '10 08:04:43AM

This isn't really doing what you're inferring. With most (older) Steam games, they were distributed as monolithic GCF files. The GCFs are containers for all the actual game files. Since we're Mac users here, it's probably easiest to relate them to sparse disk images. As such, it is possible for the contents of that GCF to become fragmented as updates are released. The Steam defrag resolves this, but if the GCF itself is split up, you need a secondary tool to resolve that.

Most newer games use NCF files, which leave the game data outside of GCFs and thus entirely subject to operating-system-level defrag.Thus, depending on the game, the Steam defrag either does a half-job or nothing at all.



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