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I am wondering using USB 3.0 will i be ok with installing steam to it and my games. i want to use a external enclosure with a ssd inside. I do not have room anymore on my drivers internally

Can i install steam on a external USB 3.0 Drive?

Can i install games on it to?

Does anyone else do this?
post #2 of 10
Yes, yes, and yes.

There are write ups on the internet on how to do so. Just google it and follow the steps.

Also note that you won't get the full speed of the SSD when running usb 3.0 due to the bandwidth limitation.
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I just want to make sure i dont have problems. Maybe ill do a External HDD instead of a ssd.


I wasnt sure if i can install the steam program on a external or it will have problems. My external would not be unplugged.
post #4 of 10
No you won't have any problems. You PC will see the external as another drive and assign it a drive letter. As long as you configure Steam properly, it should work!
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To install games anywhere, create the directory on the drive, open Steam, click Steam from the file menu, Settings, Downloads, Steam Library Folders, Add Library Folder, choose your folder and click Select. Done deal. thumb.gif
post #6 of 10
Short answer: YES!

Long answer: You could put Steam on a USB 2.0 flash drive, or even a CD-RW if you really, really wanted too. As long as it has a drive letter, you can put a steam library on it.
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No issues at all. As mentioned above you can even just have a game library on the external if you want and leave steam on the normal drive.

If you do run steam from external storage, Set it to not auto run with the system so it will not try to start if the drive is not connected/switched on when the computer is started.

I would go SSD if you can. Even if the bandwidth is limited, you will still get the faster access times that SSDs offer.
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No issues at all. As mentioned above you can even just have a game library on the external if you want and leave steam on the normal drive.

If you do run steam from external storage, Set it to not auto run with the system so it will not try to start if the drive is not connected/switched on when the computer is started.

I would go SSD if you can. Even if the bandwidth is limited, you will still get the faster access times that SSDs offer.

OP will get faster access times but he's still limited to the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Just because the warehouse can find and package your item in seconds doesn't mean the truck will get it any faster.
If he wants to fully enjoy the speed of an SSD, it needs to be connected to the onboard SATA III controller and not through USB.
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OP will get faster access times but he's still limited to the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Just because the warehouse can find and package your item in seconds doesn't mean the truck will get it any faster.
If he wants to fully enjoy the speed of an SSD, it needs to be connected to the onboard SATA III controller and not through USB.

USB3.0 will basically match SATA II speeds.

If his motherboard supports SATA III then he probably has an eSATA connection there somewhere which will allow him to use an SSD externally and still get the full speed of an internal SATA III drive. Off the top of my head I can't think of any motherboards that support SATA III and doesn't have an eSATA connection. He may need to buy an eSATA backplate adapter to mount to his case if it doesn't have the port built in, but the motherboard should support it. Single port eSATA backplates only cost around $5.

If his motherboard doesn't support SATA III then he may as well use USB3.0. The speeds will be virtually identical to SATA II, provided he is running the drive as the only device on his USB3.0 channel.
post #10 of 10
With games being mostly random reads(at least many types of games). I still think it will be better than any hard drive(even my old SATA II board had a huge boost in performance with a SSD installed.).

I would never say it is the same as internal, but it will not be that bad.
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