Gaming on a removable hard drive.

  1. Posts : 73
    Windows 10

    Gaming on a removable hard drive.

    Good morning.

    This may be a silly feel free to laugh :)

    I have a gaming rig with a 120 gig solid state drive. With the latest World of Warcraft expansion, I am at 101 gigs just in WoW alone, so it's time to remove WoW from my solid state.

    I have a 1TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra removable hard drive. So I have two questions really:

    1) Am I able to run a game like World of Warcraft from a removable hard drive (that's the part you can laugh at me about)

    2) I read that games like WoW can shorten the life of your hard drive because those games constantly access the hard drive. Keep in mind that I read that 10 years ago, but I haven't read anything to the contrary lately. If that is the case, I will just keep WoW on that hard drive and nothing else that I can stand to lose.

    Thanks for your help!
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  2. Posts : 848
    Windows 10 LTSC

    It wouldn't really hurt the hard drive but if you're gonna play it using USB cables (even 3.0), forget about it.
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  3. Posts : 2,546
    Windows 11

    Check this out all that 1TB drive is a regular sata drive in a Enclosure

    If you really want to make use of it with no worries remove the case and install the Hard drive to the system then you will get maximum bandwidth
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  4. Posts : 2,161
    Windows 11 Beta channel

    ^ Yep. I've done that before. Worked just fine.

    In fact, I've still got the 2 TB drive in my PC that I did it to. I've had no issues with it.
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  5. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there

    Most of the intensive work in gaming presumably is done via the GPU and internal processor. So long as any I/O that needs to be written / read can be handled speedily and correctly I don't really see any theoretical reason why gaming shouldn't work perfectly OK on reasonable external HDD's -- they should be minimally 7200 RPM with a LARGE cache and USB 3 connection - better e-sata if your computer has e-sata ports available.

    For any "Scratch" / Work areas you could allocate these to an SSD - these areas are AFAIK only used during playing and aren't saved at the end of the session.

    Whether Gaming or otherwise 95% of poor computer performance that I've encountered over the years has been due to POOR / SLOW HDD's -- very little problems with not powerful enough CPU or lack of RAM -- if you've got a gaming machine your RAM / GPU / Processor will probably be OK already.

    I don't know why but people always seem to scrimp and save on HDD / Disks generally - yet for 99% of computer users out there it's probably THE MOST SINGLE THING that would immediately give them often hugely improved performance.

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