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1-3 second freezes when playing games that are on an external hard drive

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July 3, 2014 11:14:07 PM

I have a lot of games on my external hard drive which have worked fine until a month ago (not sure really how long ago just but I'm pretty sure i didn't have this problem a month ago) where any time i played a game that is on the external hard drive i get those short moments where the game freezes i can still move my mouse and hear the music. on my normal hard drive inside the pc everything works well but i don't have large games on it except League of legends which uses adobe air (don't know if that matters or not). To try to fix it i went through event viewer and saw nothing close to the time where the freeze happens i tried restarting, disk clean up, checking the disk via cmd, and error check, and i didn't find anything.

the way the games are installed:
-I install uplay, origin, etc on my normal hard drive and choose the place to install games on the external hard drive.
- Steam is just directly installed on the external hard drive with the games
- I have other games that don't have a gaming platform and are just directly installed on it

the way i check if something is wrong is by using the internet (I don't know much about pc's) and if people say the results of the test shouldn't be that way i look for more proof to make sure its correct what is said then try to fix it but i have had no luck.

any suggestions? also i am handicapped so can you please give me a suggestion that doesn't have anything to do with dismantling my pc cuz that would take me weeks and i would probably break something considering i cant use my fingers real well. if there is no option then ill just pay someone to look at it. thx

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July 3, 2014 11:18:39 PM

You mentioned disk cleanup and checking the disk via cmd, have you tried running disk defragmenter? A fragmented disk could be causing the slowdown/freezing that you are experiencing. Also, how full is the drive? A Hard drive needs about 15% available space at minimum to function properly.
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July 4, 2014 12:27:44 AM

Iron124 said:
You mentioned disk cleanup and checking the disk via cmd, have you tried running disk derangementer? A fragmented disk could be causing the slowdown/freezing that you are experiencing. Also, how full is the drive? A Hard drive needs about 15% available space at minimum to function properly.


there is 282 gb of 931gb and i will try defraging the drive tonight since im pretty sure its going to take a while
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July 4, 2014 4:52:36 PM

everything got better so far thx for that suggestion i was postponing it because it was going to take a while but thx anyways next time i will try all possible options before posting a thread
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