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Old October 20th, 2006, 11:00 AM
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Coflicting answers...

I bought a 250gig External HD, about a week ago, and before installing it, came here to inquire about any problems about having all my games on it...seek time...etc

The first answer I got, was that it would work well for games, and in fact better than the internal HD already in my PC.

Now, while enquiring about something else, I got a reply that having the games on my external wasn't a good thing. So which is it?

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Old October 20th, 2006, 11:10 AM
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Well for an internal HDD all the game data can be loaded straight into memory, not sure what the case is on external HDD's though. I presume it would be slower since its external - Slower interface speeds (USB2.0 400mbps, firewire 800mbps) compared to internal (SATA 1.50Gbps, SATAII 3.0Gbps, ATA133 133MBps)
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Old October 21st, 2006, 07:35 AM
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I agree, an external will typicially be slower than an internal drive
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Old October 21st, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Thanks...

I'm going today to exchange the ext. drive for an internal SataII today...
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Old October 21st, 2006, 06:34 PM
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The first answer you got seems to indicate leeroys1000 was thinking of a secondary internal drive, not an external USB/Firewire drive. Running games on a secondary internal drive would be described "the same if not better" than running on the primary drive, but an external USB/Firewire drive will always be slower for any task.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 08:10 PM
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oracle128,thanks for the good words,but frankly I screwed up
and didn't check my info.
I was thinking USB 2 was 400megabytes not bits.
Sorry.
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 12:07 AM
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I got a Seagate 300gig SATAII today, but after installing it...the computer seems to know there's a new drive (according to the system info)...but there's no HD icon for it along side the C drive icon in 'my computer'...is there a way to activate this...?
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 12:15 AM
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To format a drive:
start - control panel - performance and maintenence - administrative tools - computer managment - disk management - right click your drive and select "format" - choose your drive letter, file system, volume name, ect. - ok (you can partition if you wish)
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 12:20 AM
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Actually...I got it figured out Gimpy...thanks anyway...

I kinda went into panic mode...and then found 'diskwizard' with google, and now...all is well...the drive is active...hehehe
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