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External hard drive for gaming

by camacho59 / January 30, 2006 10:37 AM PST

I own a laptop that has almost reached it's hard drive capacity.I was thinking of buy a larger hard drive but the cost of the extra 10 gig of hard drive space is not worth it.Can I use an external for gaming on this laptop?

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You may be unhappy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 11:03 AM PST

USB 2.0 drives run about 1/2 the speed of internals. But it beats nothing.


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Using external drive for gaming
by FyrJammer / January 31, 2006 1:22 AM PST

I too have a laptop with 60GB in which I have plenty of room (over 3/4). I have a 300GB external HD partitioned in 3 sections. One section I use for music and games. I also purposely set these partion to drive X Y Z, that way when I plug in the drive, it always come up the same. So in answer to your question, Yes, so long with some possible speed issues and so long as the drive letter is the same as when you installed the game. Good luck and have fun.

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Not sure
by camacho59 / January 31, 2006 11:57 AM PST

What do you mean as far as the drive letter being the same as when the I installed the game?


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Gaming on external hard drive
by FyrJammer / January 31, 2006 11:51 PM PST
In reply to: Not sure

Your primary drive is C: When you install external drives / thumbdrives to your USB, they are assigned drive letters. Let's say you installed your game on your multiple partitioned ED (External Drive) on drive G: - C:(primary) D:(cd/dvd) E:(ED Partition0) F:(partition1) G:(partition2).
You turn on you laptop and plug in your thumbdrive to transfer some files. Now you have drives C: D: E:(ThumbDrive). Now you want to play your game and plug in your ED. Now you have after your thumbdrive F:(partition0) G:(partition1) H:(partion2, where the game is). Your games shortcut is looking for the game on drive G: because that is where you installed it. You must unplug your thumbdrive to play your game.
Does that explain it?

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Sorry about previous reply
by FyrJammer / February 1, 2006 12:35 AM PST
In reply to: Not sure

Apologize for previous reply, but wherever you see the sad face Sad , it's actually : (
I didn't preview it before submitting.
My bad.

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