Ok, so because of the Christmas Sale, I finally bought the Valve Complete Pack, but my internal HD doesn't have the place to store it all. I have an external 1 TB HDD, but I'm not sure if I should use it for gaming as I'm worried about performance issues.
a) If Firewire 800 faster than/slower than/as fast as my internal HDD?
b) Is Firewire 800 fast enough for me to store the games on the external HDD and play? -- (I can also buy a Thunderbolt cable, but it's really expensive)
c) If I store them on the HDD and use Symbolic Links for the SteamApps folder, will the transfer rate affect playing? (as opposed to installing Steam on the HDD and playing from it)
Thanks a lot in advance!
FireWire 800 isn't necessarily faster, but it would be significantly better than anything USB. FW has its own dedicated control chip where USB uses the main CPU, so you'll get a much more consistent level of throughput.
Since it seems like we're dealing with Steam games here, I'd say give it a shot and see how it works out. If it doesn't work very well, it should be pretty easy to move the files later.
Ok, it's faster than USB which is why I didn't mention USB at all. I wanted to know if transfer speeds would be faster on my internal drive or with FW800. Also, if I kept all the games on the hard drive and played them from there, would the transfer speed even matter?