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Hey guys,

Just wanted to ask a quick question before i start installing games on my current HDD.

Are there any advantages or disadvantages, to installing games on a seperate partition to the OS?

I have the OS, and a Games drive/partition on the fastest part of the drive:

EG:
------150GB---------100GB-------------------------750GB
[<--OS part--><--Games Part--><-------------Movies & Storage-------------->]

Thanks for any help
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Asmodean View Post
Hey guys,

Just wanted to ask a quick question before i start installing games on my current HDD.

Are there any advantages or disadvantages, to installing games on a seperate partition to the OS?

I have the OS, and a Games drive/partition on the fastest part of the drive:

EG:
------150GB---------100GB-------------------------750GB
[<--OS part--><--Games Part--><-------------Movies & Storage-------------->]

Thanks for any help
Its a great idea. I have lots of partitions. One for os, one for user profiles, one for games, one for apps, one for linux, one for memory swap, and several for different types of storage. It helps for organization, cloning/backups, and defragmentation. You may want to make your games drive bigger.
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Its a great idea. I have lots of partitions. One for os, one for user profiles, one for games, one for apps, one for linux, one for memory swap, and several for different types of storage. It helps for organization, cloning/backups, and defragmentation. You may want to make your games drive bigger.
Thanks for the reply man, Yeah i made that very generic, as iv 2 HDDs, and iv a 16GB partition just for the windows page file ^^

And your probably right, in i should of made the games drive bigger, I was going to, but i was gonna go outside the faster part of the drive then, unless i made the OS one smaller lol.

The errr diagram, was just a rough idea of what i was trying to say, nice1 again +1
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your OS partition is too big - you will have lots of free space (100GB+) that your heads will need to seek past when loading games & your OS is accessing files.

It would be (slightly) faster if the OS partition were smaller, as the heads would not have to travel so far between the partitions.
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If you want a partition strictly for the OS, make it ~15-20GB larger than the OS size. 100GB is large for just an OS partition.

Games and Files partition - make the games a bit bigger, especially if you pick alot of games during Steam sales. Regardless, you can always repartition it if you need to add to it.
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Put the OS, apps, and games on the first partition and the data on the second (or better yet a second drive). Making a lot of partitions and separating the apps, games, and OS on different ones will force the heads to have to travel further slowing the system down. You only need to separate completely different OS's and data.
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Put the OS, apps, and games on the first partition and the data on the second (or better yet a second drive). Making a lot of partitions and separating the apps, games, and OS on different ones will force the heads to have to travel further slowing the system down. You only need to separate completely different OS's and data.
This. I only have one partition in my 1TD RAID setup of two 1TB HDD. I keep everything tidy on the outside partition and use the inner partition for general storage.

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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
Put the OS, apps, and games on the first partition and the data on the second (or better yet a second drive). Making a lot of partitions and separating the apps, games, and OS on different ones will force the heads to have to travel further slowing the system down. You only need to separate completely different OS's and data.
I ended up doing this by happence, found it yielded slightly better results, I was getting problems installing DLCs for games when i installed them on the 2nd partition for some reason.

So i now have a 250GB Partition in the faster part of the driver for both OS & PC games(i don't steam, just retail) and i made a smaller partiton after this for emulation, then the larger for storage on the first drive, same again on my WD blue, i've dual boot win 7 pro on the 2nd HDD, as i find it handy if case something happens, so i've a spare OS to retrieve data from this HDD in case of failure. Thanks for the tip though, +1 lads.

Hopefully having an OS on each HDD doesn't reduce performance, the only thing i've noticed is the slight delay in startup due to the OS selection screen, but ofc thats no biggie.
Edited by Asmodean - 5/26/11 at 2:32am
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So i now have a 250GB Partition in the faster part of the driver for both OS & PC games(i don't steam, just retail) and i made a smaller partiton after this for emulation, then the larger for storage on the first drive, same again on my WD blue, i've dual boot win 7 pro on the 2nd HDD, as i find it handy if case something happens, so i've a spare OS to retrieve data from this HDD in case of failure. Thanks for the tip though, +1 lads.

Hopefully having an OS on each HDD doesn't reduce performance, the only thing i've noticed is the slight delay in startup due to the OS selection screen, but ofc thats no biggie.
Did you shrink the time it stays asking you at the Partition Select?
Start>msconfig.exe>boot tab>input lower number in the Timeout box.

When I ran dual boot, I lowered it to 3 seconds, I think after a while I highlighted my secondary boot in that box, and made it never ask 'cos that 3 seconds irritated me.
You can show the boot partitions by manually hitting one of the F keys at Post, even if it's disabled in Windows IIRC.
 
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Did you shrink the time it stays asking you at the Partition Select?
Start>msconfig.exe>boot tab>input lower number in the Timeout box.

When I ran dual boot, I lowered it to 3 seconds, I think after a while I highlighted my secondary boot in that box, and made it never ask 'cos that 3 seconds irritated me.
You can show the boot partitions by manually hitting one of the F keys at Post, even if it's disabled in Windows IIRC.
Yeah i've the time-out lowered to the lowest ^^

And the two OS are on different HDD's the main one im using now is the Caviar black, and i've a caviar blue then in as well.

How did you disable the OS selection pop up btw? Thanks.
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