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External Hard Drive and Games


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#1 sn0zb0z

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:59 AM

Hi. I have games installed on my PC - if I transferred all the files over to an external hard drive could I run the games from this?

Plus is there anyway I could install a game on to the external hard drive and play it even though the game won't run on Vista, which the PC I'd be using is? Using compatibility mode doesn't work, but as the game wouldn't be installed on a hard drive with an operating system would it play or still realise?

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 07:28 PM

Most games install a bit of information to your registry. If you install the game on an external hard drive, and take it to another computer, it most likely won't run. You won't be able to simply copy the files over to the hard drive either, and have them run the game. There may be a few exceptions but they are generally the not as high of quality games.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:36 AM

Ok, fair enough. Thanks

So if I just copied over game saves files to an external hard drive could I still access them if the game was installed on the PC? Or would I have to place the save files back on the PC (Just I have to uninstall all my games - just wanting to be able to keep the save files if possible lol)?

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:43 PM

You should be able to transfer the saved game files across to different computers. Just remember though, you'll have to put the saved files onto the other computers hard drive where the game files normally save.
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Posted 16 May 2009 - 07:41 AM

Thanks. That's alright then lol




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