OS and games on separate HDDs? Tags: Hard Drives Performance Games Storage Last response: May 31, 2009 4:39 AM in Storage Share doakwolf May 31, 2009 4:26:50 AM Hi all, I just wondered if there is any real world performance increase in having games installed on a different HDD to the OS? My friends have been telling me I should have a separate HDD dedicated to OS (problem is finding a low volume drive which still maintains speed at a low cost) What do ya'll think of this HDD setup I'm considering: WD 640Gb Caviar Black for OS (I plan to partition a portion for OS and keep the rest as 'spare' space for use in the future) WD 1Tb Caviar Black for games and data/media storage Does partitioning lower performance? Any reason NOT to go with the above system or NOT to partition part of the drive for the OS? I know it's a large 'OS only' drive but I can't afford SSD or Raptor and there really isn't much difference in price between a 640Gb Black and a crappy old 80Gb standard HDD ($80 VS $110). Any advice appreciated, Doak More about : games separate hdds ben850 May 31, 2009 4:39:23 AM I'm not sure if this applies to vista/7 but on XP you should put your swap file on a different drive, or ATLEAST a different partition. As far as your c:\windows files, i don't believe it matters if they're on the same drive as your games because most windows files are loaded at startup, and not during your game. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Playing games on a HDD separate to your OS Forum SolvedTriple boot system - 3 separate HDDs possible? Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 and 7 dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD Forum Running SteamOS and Windows, on separate HDDs? Forum SolvedWill I benefit from putting OS and Apps on separate SSD? Forum windows 8 & 7 on separate HDDs Forum Dual boot Win 7 & XP from separate HDDs Forum SolvedShould I install a second OS on a separate hard drive? Forum SolvedWindows 7 reinstall without losing games on separate drive. Forum SolvedRecovering an OS system image to SSD but programs are on separate drive? Forum SolvedCan I install my programs on a separate drive than the one the OS is on? Forum SolvedRe-Installing OS + keeping programs on separate media HDD Forum SolvedCan you run a Virtual Machine off a separate HDD or SDD than your OS? Forum Should I have my OS on a separate partition or drive? Forum Dual booting windows 7 ultimate x86 and windows 7 ultimate x64 on separate hdds Forum XP and Win7 installed on separate HDDs. Regardless of HDD boot order in BIOS, XP Forum HDD(s) on separate cables on PSU? Forum SolvedIs there any benefit from running dual monitors on separate graphics cards and how do I set which one will play my games Forum SolvedHelp with installing 2 OS on separate HDD's Forum SolvedSeparate games on 2 monitors Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !