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Western Digital RE4 While Label.
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I bought one these, they bench the exact same as a Western Digital RE4 2TB drive and can be had for $110. 1 year warranty. If you want a fast mechanical drive while saving money this is the drive to buy.
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Seagate 7200.14 with 1TB platters.
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Seagate 7200.14 with 1TB platters.

Maybe the 7200.14 drives are better but I have been seeing a lot of failed Seagate drives at my shop lately. Mostly 7200.12.
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Whatever you buy... I'd keep your current drive for your OS and install games to the new drive. That way your OS, pagefile, background programs, etc. can't interfere with your gaming. thumb.gif

I like your idea but i thought that if i installed my games on another drive, it would be even slower cause windows will have to transfer data from that disk to my main one where windows are installed to,to play the game. I may be saying rubbish, but isn't this kind of plausible ?

And another thing. If i get an SSD for boot-up (windows). and let the games in HDD's will that increase performance in general or even a little in gaming?
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Whatever you buy... I'd keep your current drive for your OS and install games to the new drive. That way your OS, pagefile, background programs, etc. can't interfere with your gaming. thumb.gif

I like your idea but i thought that if i installed my games on another drive, it would be even slower cause windows will have to transfer data from that disk to my main one where windows are installed to,to play the game. I may be saying rubbish, but isn't this kind of plausible ?
No, it doesn't load it to the OS drive, it will load it to the RAM. Just as if it were on the OS drive, but it will be faster since the game isn't fighting for I/O resources with the OS drive.
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And another thing. If i get an SSD for boot-up (windows). and let the games in HDD's will that increase performance in general or even a little in gaming?
yep.

FPS wise, no.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post


No, it doesn't load it to the OS drive, it will load it to the RAM. Just as if it were on the OS drive, but it will be faster since the game isn't fighting for I/O resources with the OS drive.
yep.

FPS wise, no.


There are some games that stutter slightly when loading new terrain etc, but this is really only an anomaly - it won't improve FPS across the board. Deus Ex Human Revolution did this for me on occasion so I moved it to my SSD. Most games will show no difference though. 

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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

Personally I like doing a clean install on the new boot drive.
To me it seem to make everything work a little more snappy.
Oh, definitely. But I'd probably go further and buy an SSD to really supercharge that stuff.

Since gaming is important to most of us, the merits of having the faster drive dedicated to games must be considered... wink.gif
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I like your idea but i thought that if i installed my games on another drive, it would be even slower cause windows will have to transfer data from that disk to my main one where windows are installed to,to play the game. I may be saying rubbish, but isn't this kind of plausible ?
Data would get transferred to super fast memory. If it were getting written to your main drive, it would have that same behaviour even if they were on your main drive. (which would force your main drive to multitask, more than halving its performance.)

Perfect example - OS + Games + Pagefile on same drive - it's a recipe for occasional stuttery framerates.
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And another thing. If i get an SSD for boot-up (windows). and let the games in HDD's will that increase performance in general or even a little in gaming?
Yep. When games are loading, they sometimes need to fetch DLLs and stuff. Often these are installed to your OS drive. (DirectX, Audio, graphics drivers - it'll all be on your OS drive) Having your games on a separate drive means both drives can work in parallel. If your OS drive is a super fast SSD, your HDD games won't have to wait around for anything. thumb.gif
     
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I may just get this one instead.
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No, it doesn't load it to the OS drive, it will load it to the RAM. Just as if it were on the OS drive, but it will be faster since the game isn't fighting for I/O resources with the OS drive.
yep.
FPS wise, no.

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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

Oh, definitely. But I'd probably go further and buy an SSD to really supercharge that stuff.

Since gaming is important to most of us, the merits of having the faster drive dedicated to games must be considered... wink.gif
Data would get transferred to super fast memory. If it were getting written to your main drive, it would have that same behaviour even if they were on your main drive. (which would force your main drive to multitask, more than halving its performance.)

Perfect example - OS + Games + Pagefile on same drive - it's a recipe for occasional stuttery framerates.
Yep. When games are loading, they sometimes need to fetch DLLs and stuff. Often these are installed to your OS drive. (DirectX, Audio, graphics drivers - it'll all be on your OS drive) Having your games on a separate drive means both drives can work in parallel. If your OS drive is a super fast SSD, your HDD games won't have to wait around for anything. thumb.gif

hey guys, can I bump this thread because this is a really interesting point, in what ways would a game like BF4 benefit from moving the game on a seperate HDD/SSD ?
More fps? Faster in-game texture loading? Would one see enemies quicker? Is there any hard data on that?

Any info much appreciated, Im quite interested in this question smile.gif
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hey guys, can I bump this thread because this is a really interesting point, in what ways would a game like BF4 benefit from moving the game on a seperate HDD/SSD ?
More fps? Faster in-game texture loading? Would one see enemies quicker? Is there any hard data on that?

Any info much appreciated, Im quite interested in this question smile.gif

For a game like BF4? The only benefit would be shorter load times.

All the important real-time and near-time data gets loaded into system memory.
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