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Using external hard drive to runs games?

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#1 ComputersConfuseMe


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:30 AM

(Just like to start off saying i'm horrid with anything related to computers) Okay, so I was thinking about buying an External hard drive with 1TB capacity, USB 3.0 interface, and Data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps . How well can you run games off of an external hard drive like that; I.E. 2-7 Gigabyte games like DOTA 2, League of Legends, or really big games like WoW? Would I be able to do that? How would the games run? And secondly, if the games would be able to run off the external hard drive, how would I go about doing that?

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:25 AM

 Since most games have to go through the Windows install process, you wouldn't be able to do that with external drives because Windows won't install programs to external drives.  But if you have a desktop computer with a free drive bay, you could probably install a second hard drive internally and put the games on it.  You could also do a full system backup, replace your existing hard drive with one having a larger capacity.


Good luck.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:02 PM

You may have issues with some games as wpgwpg mentioned.  I will tell you that WoW is not an issue.  You can simply copy an existing install to an external drive and run it.  I've only done this when I've been on vacation to collect my Christmas presents so other than it does work I can't give you much more of an idea of how well. 

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