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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove 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. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>OS and games on separate HDDs?> Related ressources: ForumPlaying games on a HDD separate to your OS ForumSSD Raid 0 -or- 2x separate SSD for OS & storage? Which is faster? ForumIs it recommended to have a separate HDD for OS ? ForumShould I run 2 HDDs separately or in RAID 0? ForumA separate HD for my OS ? ForumNew system, 2 SSD in RAID or Separate drives? ForumDual boot Win 7 & XP from separate HDDs ForumCan I run 2 RAID arrays at the same time without separate partitions? ForumHow to format SSD into a separate partition? ForumAdvice? File Server / HTPC with 8 HDDs ForumXP and Win7 installed on separate HDDs . Regardless of HDD boot order in BIOS, XP ForumSSD Boot Drive and Separate HDD's with Intel SRT enabled question ForumDual booting windows 7 ultimate x86 and windows 7 ultimate x64 on separate hdds ForumAdvice on New HDDS ForumSsd for OS - separate for data ForumHave 2 1 TB HDDs should i set up raid ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumDual OS boot on seperate HDDs ForumAdaptec RAID 1430SA & 1TB HDDs ForumWhich Is The Better Hard Drive To Install OS/Games On? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !