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Does it matter which hard drive my OS is on?

Hi I just bought a new WD black 1TB hard drive to play my games on.

I have just a regular seagate 1 tb that has my OS on it.

My question is: Can I leave my OS on my regular hard drive and just run my games off my WD black? Reason being I don't want my OS to take up space on my HD I bought for gaming... or would putting my OS and a few games on the black be better?

I just want to know the pros and cons on either way and which one do you guys/girls think is better?

Thanks a ton!
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    Separating your OS and Gaming drives is a good idea, and it will increase performance.
    You will need to move or re-install your games onto the new volume.

    Make sure you move your pagefile (virtual memory) to the drive with the highest performance specifications. (or the most used partition of the least used volume) This will speed up your virtual memory swapping considerably.

    The downsides are the dollar cost of the extra hard drive, the cost in space to ensure an effective backup strategy, and a very small increase in heat generation and power consumption.

    What is the model number of the drive? The older "FAEX" models or the newer "FZEX" drives.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-black-sequential-read-hard-drive-advanced-format-hrc,24641.html
  2. You can install the games on the second drive just fine. As long as you install it to that drive, Windows does not care where it is.

    I have my OS on an SSD, and games on a HDD, and a couple applications on a different SSD.
    Windows does not care, as long as you install it properly and select the target drive at install time.

    For Steam and Origin, you can designate one of more destinations as to where things should install. The client installed with Windows, games installed where you like.
  3. Windows 7 is roughly 25GB after all the updates. Pretty small for a 1TB hard drive. You really want Windows on the fastest drive and to use the slower drive for storage of music, pictures, videos and files.

    I really doubt the WD Black will be noticeably faster than the Seagate though unless it's ancient and being it's 1TB it's not. If you really want to speed things up you need an SSD.
  4. What is iram?
  5. No wonder I never heard of it. It seems Gigabyte only made it in 2005 and 2006. It never caught on because of all the disadvantages.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-RAM

    A traditional RAM disk is what you are really asking about I think.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAM_drive

    A RAM disk is faster than an SSD but there are still huge disadvantages. SSDs have been perfected to the point of reliability and longevity beyond mechanical drives.
  6. habitat87 said:
    isn't iram faster though? I just checked a few websites on reviews. The only disadvantages I can think of is data loss cause of the battery or whatever and size, which neither I'm concerned of. I was talking about iram though...


    Theoretically,a RAMDisk is 'faster' than an SSD. iram appears to be a proprietary variant of a RAMdisk. The downsides and hassle are far larger than any potential speed benefit over an SSD.
  7. I-RAM only supports DDR 400 and 4GB of it. What are you going to load 4GB on? It's also limited by a SATA 1 ( 1.5Gb/s ) bus. Most new SSDs can fully saturate a SATA 3 ( 6Gb/s ) bus. I would imagine that alone makes it slower than an SSD. Not to mention 4GB is useless for capacity. I just upgraded to a 500GB Samsung 840 Evo.
  8. 2x4b said:
    Separating your OS and Gaming drives is a good idea, and it will increase performance.
    You will need to move or re-install your games onto the new volume.

    Make sure you move your pagefile (virtual memory) to the drive with the highest performance specifications. (or the most used partition of the least used volume) This will speed up your virtual memory swapping considerably.

    The downsides are the dollar cost of the extra hard drive, the cost in space to ensure an effective backup strategy, and a very small increase in heat generation and power consumption.

    What is the model number of the drive? The older "FAEX" models or the newer "FZEX" drives.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-black-sequential-read-hard-drive-advanced-format-hrc,24641.html


    The model number is WD1002FAEX so I guess it's the old one. Is that bad?
  9. BiPoLuh said:
    2x4b said:


    What is the model number of the drive? The older "FAEX" models or the newer "FZEX" drives.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-black-sequential-read-hard-drive-advanced-format-hrc,24641.html


    The model number is WD1002FAEX so I guess it's the old one. Is that bad?


    The older ones are just fine. They were the best they could produce at the time.
    The newer one do have some newer technologies, some advantages, and a higher cost.
  10. Put the 2 Blacks side by side and you will not be able to tell the difference without a benchmarking program. Same with the Seagate.
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