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Benefit to games on hdd with os and programs on ssd?

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October 11, 2013 3:49:05 PM

Hey guys, can you please tell me if it is even possible to use my ssd to play games when they and steam are on the hdd? I installed batman this way and ,for whatever reason it didn't install at all(didn't see it it programs). Also, setting ssd and hdd up see any benefit? Can I benefit from the ssd's speed doing anything(gaming,surfing,watching videos,downloading videos,etc..)? I think a heard of a term called ssd caching.. Thanks in advance community

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October 11, 2013 5:05:19 PM

Really the best use of a SSD is for the OS.
The way I have mine setup is like this I have Windows 8 on a SSD and my Steam games on it's own 3tb HDD.
Then I have OS X on it's own SSD with my Steam games on it's own 1tb HDD since out of 301 games on Steam there are only 75 that work with OS X.

There really is no real benefit of installing games on a SSD. Short of a little faster booting of the game it does really not do much else. It will not increase the frame rate what so ever and SSD space is at a premium it just does not make any sense at all to put games on the SSD leave that for the OS.
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October 11, 2013 6:49:43 PM

bryonhowley said:
Really the best use of a SSD is for the OS.
The way I have mine setup is like this I have Windows 8 on a SSD and my Steam games on it's own 3tb HDD.
Then I have OS X on it's own SSD with my Steam games on it's own 1tb HDD since out of 301 games on Steam there are only 75 that work with OS X.

There really is no real benefit of installing games on a SSD. Short of a little faster booting of the game it does really not do much else. It will not increase the frame rate what so ever and SSD space is at a premium it just does not make any sense at all to put games on the SSD leave that for the OS.

Thanks for the advice.

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October 11, 2013 6:51:23 PM

bryonhowley said:
Really the best use of a SSD is for the OS.
The way I have mine setup is like this I have Windows 8 on a SSD and my Steam games on it's own 3tb HDD.
Then I have OS X on it's own SSD with my Steam games on it's own 1tb HDD since out of 301 games on Steam there are only 75 that work with OS X.

There really is no real benefit of installing games on a SSD. Short of a little faster booting of the game it does really not do much else. It will not increase the frame rate what so ever and SSD space is at a premium it just does not make any sense at all to put games on the SSD leave that for the OS.

Can you move a game off the hdd onto the ssd and have it work just fine as if it were originally installed on the ssd?
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December 16, 2013 10:59:02 AM

gamer2121 said:
bryonhowley said:
Really the best use of a SSD is for the OS.
The way I have mine setup is like this I have Windows 8 on a SSD and my Steam games on it's own 3tb HDD.
Then I have OS X on it's own SSD with my Steam games on it's own 1tb HDD since out of 301 games on Steam there are only 75 that work with OS X.

There really is no real benefit of installing games on a SSD. Short of a little faster booting of the game it does really not do much else. It will not increase the frame rate what so ever and SSD space is at a premium it just does not make any sense at all to put games on the SSD leave that for the OS.

Can you move a game off the hdd onto the ssd and have it work just fine as if it were originally installed on the ssd?


In general no because just moving the game would not update the registry and most games need that information to tell the game where it installed among other things. So most but not all games would either not run or would crash because the registry info would be wrong. And as said above short of starting the game alittle faster you would not really gain anything but using space on the SSD that is not really needed.

Plus SSD's have a finite amount of writes so installing and uninstalling games would put undue wear on the SSD possibly wearing out the drive faster than would otherwise.
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June 3, 2014 4:53:44 PM

try mklink (windows version of linux symlink)

mklink d:\games c:\games /d

is an example of creating a junction point of files that you HAD installed to d:\games that were moved to c:\games

and then you created a mount point from d:\games to c:\games so...

instead of d:\games being empty...

it shows the contents of c:\games

hope that makes sense (in your case, instead of d:\games, use the subfolder of the game you plan on moving).
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June 3, 2014 5:00:10 PM

it is possible to move Steam and Origin games (Origin is easier) from HDD to SSD. I did it with BF4 and found I got to the maps quicker, but it doesn't improve game performance. I've put Watch Dogs on my SSD as I'm likely to play it a lot, but it will get relegated to HDD when I get fed up.
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