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1-31-2012 @ 11:08AM
So, I just browsed the other article about today's file cleanup that's taking place with the patch, but I still couldn't find a good answer. How much space are we looking at being returned to us? I don't believe it's ever been stated by a blue. What are people reporting so far? At 33GBs, the folder could use some condensing, but if it's only a few GBs, I will be quite disappointed.
1-31-2012 @ 11:24AM
I'm seeing folks reporting like 3-4 gigs.
1-31-2012 @ 11:30AM
Mine dropped from 32GB to about 24GB, so 25% reduction is not bad.
1-31-2012 @ 2:47PM
The size reduction is nice, but I am looking forward to the decreased loading times. SW used to load in seconds. Now it's like 30 seconds, without an SSD.I also really wish they would change how the game caches stuff. You know the launcher saying "Performing optimizations" or something like that? What it's doing is decompressing files out of some of the MPQ files, and copying them to a cache file. Mostly audio. Why the game was changed to copy already existing files to another file when it's run, I don't know. Those cache files get up to 10GB. And it's not like it saves time. It has to decompress them on loading anyway. It seems pointless to copy existing files. It was a change put into place with Cataclysm, maybe it's related to the streaming patcher. I don't know if it's been changed with today's patch.
1-31-2012 @ 12:43PM
I'm sitting at 27.1. It was around 32 beforehand, so that's a nice little reduction in bloat.
1-31-2012 @ 1:44PM
It'll probably vary. I don't know what it's going to do, exactly, but it's probably cleaning out old patches (I hope) and that will likely be the bulk of things for people who've had the game installed on a system for a long time. Even if it's just a few Gigs, it involves optimizing other bits so the game is just better, and thats nice overall...and even that the game cares to do that now and then!
1-31-2012 @ 1:45PM
I'm now sitting at 21.5GB after the clean-up.
1-31-2012 @ 1:48PM
22.2GB after the patch after the clean-up.
1-31-2012 @ 2:04PM
Optimization took about a half hour, and after all said and done, on a relatively fresh install (this is a new machine), I went from 27 to 21. So not too shabby, and sounds like my guess of it taking off old patch info and the like is probably why you get bigger drops in size for people who've had the same install for ages.
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