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August 28, 2011 10:31:48 PM

Hello, I love gaming on my new computer but I hate using up space on my c drive for the applicable files/folders my question is is there any alternative save location that will have little to no effect on performance. I was hoping to use an external hard drive would that work correctly?

PC Specs:

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
EVGA 01G-P3-1563-A1 GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
August 29, 2011 2:11:30 AM

Well you do have a 1TB HDD, so is it full or are you just wanting to separate your OS files from your installs/storage?
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August 31, 2011 10:02:08 PM

My advice is to always have 2 hard drives on your system. Let your windows installation hit the c: drive, but then have your 2nd hard drive partitioned out as a different drive letter (like D: or T: or something) and install your games to that directory. That way you are not losing I/O speed for OS stuff.

Using an external drive is likely to add a little lag to it as they are slightly slower because of the bus.
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September 1, 2011 1:22:00 AM

Using an external drive for games or applications will lead to considerably longer load times, especially if you are using a USB 2.0 connection. USB 2.0 will cause a very large bottleneck as its transfer speeds are quite slow compared to SATA or even IDE. eSATA or USB 3.0 will work better. External drives also tend to be the slower 5200 RPM models, so even with a faster connection performance will not be as good as an internal 7200RPM drive.
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September 13, 2011 8:46:53 AM

Best answer selected by illmatix420.
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