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Rogue15
01-29-2007, 12:01 AM
Are the external usb harddrives good for gaming? I've about run out of room on my internal hard drive, and there's not enough room to install another internal drive (I've got a dell dimension 4700)....I'm considering picking up the 120 gig external usb hard drive at walmart. think it said 7200 rpsomethings on it.

I just need to know if it will be just as good for installing games on as the internal hard drive.

ET Warrior
01-29-2007, 12:23 AM
It shouldn't be much of a problem running games off of an external drive, assuming you have a pretty decent amount of memory. Load times and such might be a little longer, but in general any of the real-time activities should already be loaded up in memory.

Rogue15
01-29-2007, 01:05 AM
I have 1 gigabyte of ram.

Tyrion
01-29-2007, 02:06 AM
I have 1 gigabyte of ram.

Yup, load times will be a tad bit longer but overall game play will remain the same, although I'd advise to upgrade to 2 gigabytes anyway because games are becoming hogs.

Boba Rhett
01-29-2007, 02:13 AM
As long as you're using USB 2.0 it should be alright.

TSR
01-29-2007, 05:05 AM
So does this mean you won't have to uninstall galaxies when you want to play WoW, and vice versa? :xp:

jon_hill987
01-29-2007, 06:06 AM
I have heard that there are a few games where the copy protection makes them unplayable on an external drive, I can't remember which ones it is off hand though. It shouldn't be a problem though as with a bit of rearranging (if you do have one of those games) you can put them on the internal and the others on the external.

And yes, USB 2.0 is a must unless you want load times that can be measured in hours.

TiE23
01-29-2007, 10:38 AM
As long as your computer isn't older than like, 4 years, you should have USB 2.0

My crappy computer I only use for the internet has only USB 1.1, so it's hideously slow.

JKLE_Cougar
01-29-2007, 03:06 PM
USBs are still kinda slow id suggest getting an internal they are cheeper :D

RoxStar
01-29-2007, 03:59 PM
USBs are still kinda slow id suggest getting an internal they are cheeper :D

Or Buying an internal + a hard drive enclosure. That's what I did.

ET Warrior
01-29-2007, 07:24 PM
USBs are still kinda slow id suggest getting an internal
there's not enough room to install another internal drive
:dozey:

TiE23
01-29-2007, 07:55 PM
Good luck.

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