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gaming on 1394/firewire connection?

by momo_evo / October 23, 2005 7:43 PM PDT

Hi there all

I was just wondering, at the moment my laptop only has a 60Gb hdd. I was thinking of upgrading to 100Gb because I keep on running out of space and having to uninstall some games if I wanted new ones loaded ... But I don't think 100Gb drive would last me that long either.

So I was wondering if this would be advisable and if anyone did this before and how things run:

I want to get a external drive enclosure or external drive that approx 250Gb/400Gb with 1394/firewire connection and install my games on that external drive.

Would that not work? how would games generally run etc ..?


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Just a note.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 23, 2005 10:28 PM PDT

The lesson so far is to connect such hard disks as such.

PC, use USE 2.0
Mac, use firewire.

There are those that will try firewire and I wish them the best of luck. Some but not all find it to work.


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by momo_evo / October 25, 2005 2:46 PM PDT
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Hi there

But my Sony laptop has a firewire port built-in already.

Would that not count?



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Yes, and so does many desktops and notebooks....
by damasta55r / October 25, 2005 3:38 PM PDT
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Its just that usually most pcs will encounter problems when running external hds using firewire and viceversa for macs on usb 2.0. ITs better to stick with what it was designed for that being firewire for macs and usb for pcs when it comes to the external hd.


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by momo_evo / October 25, 2005 9:14 PM PDT

Ok ... now I understand what you're implying.

ok .... I'll stick with USB 2.0 then

But if I whack a 400Gb WD 7200rpm into a USB2.0 external drive, if I load/install my games on it (can't install anymore games on my internal d: drive/second partition cause it's full).. and play games off the external drive, would my games run properly or would there be MAJOR lag?

Thanx for the response ..


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LAG as in game play is unlikely.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 25, 2005 10:45 PM PDT
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What is likely is the load times will increase since the Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 is slower than a native IDE drive parallel or SATA interface.

The biggest issue with firewire connected drives on PCs has been drive corruption. Yes, you can repartition, format but seems painful to me. I'm about convinced why this is so, but will wait for last piece of a puzzle.



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External USB2.0
by momo_evo / October 26, 2005 2:46 PM PDT

Thanx for the reply.

I'll prolly get an external Vantec HDD enclosure and whack my existing 40Gb on it to test and see first .. otherwise if it doesn't work out, I just use ir for storage purposes.

Thanx again.


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