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I have a WD Green Drive and well I was wondering if I would be able to use it to actually install games on...

I've heard a lot about them but I know that when streaming video/music from it I have no problems for hours...

So what I want to know is if I can apply the same logic to the green drive in terms of games/programs?

Any and all info would be welcome...
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i really wouldn't use green drives for anything other than storage due the power saving features. i would look at WD blacks or blues or even the new seagate 1TB - 2TB drives to install games or programs on..
but since you have a green drive you might as well make use of it smile.gif
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Well I know about hard drives but I was wondering as far as green since this is my first seeing how streaming is no problem even when running for hours... But I would agree that WD Cav Blk
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i think the logic is different, streaming will almost constantly read and buffer data so the drive will keep spinning.. programs and games will load processes etc into RAM and for the most case whats need to run the game and program is stored in RAM while in use... some files myabe sent back and forth to the drive as needed.. well thats a very rough idea of the top of my head..

the only problems i could see is seek times on green dives can be a bit slower so loading will be a bit slower but then again that is mechs for ya.

thinking.gif about this one.. redface.gif
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post #5 of 5
If possible split the Green in two partitions.

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On this one I might use 300GB for games, then the rest for storage. That keeps seek times fairly low and sequential speeds fairly high.

Also, search for and use the WDIDLE3 tool to turn off head parking. If for some reason a game doesn't request data from your Green for 8 seconds, it will park its head. Then the next texture or model it requires will take fractions of a second to load, which will result in huge dozens-of-frames stutters.
     
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