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Can you run games like COD4 and those types of games off an external hard drive? In particular a Western Digital Elements Desktop 640GB? I will also be using it for storing movies and heaps of other stuff which i need to transport a lot.
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It's not a horrible idea, but you'll get bottlenecked by the USB interface.
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well is it connected through e-SATA, USB, 1394 etc.... because if its through USB it will be extremely slow load times, firewire is the median, popular, good load times, etc..., eSata is the fastest but also the rarest on connections and motherboards. If your mobo supports it than definatley get the sata. or whats wrong with a internal 640 gb lol?


EDIT: USb has a transfer rate of 480 mbps yes MEGABITES
1394 is about 800-1000 MEGA BITES ps
and sata is about 3 GIGABITES PS
so sata is the fastest
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I know USB is slow but it is cause i need to transport which makes a normal internal drive not worth it. But i might be able to find a case and add a hard drive or get a combo off eBay cause most SATA cases have e-sata now. But thanks anyway guys.
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Originally Posted by codejunki View Post
well is it connected through e-SATA, USB, 1394 etc.... because if its through USB it will be extremely slow load times, firewire is the median, popular, good load times, etc..., eSata is the fastest but also the rarest on connections and motherboards. If your mobo supports it than definatley get the sata. or whats wrong with a internal 640 gb lol?


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1394 is about 800-1000 MEGA BITES ps
and sata is about 3 GIGABITES PS
so sata is the fastest
mb = megabits. A bit = 1/8 of a byte. 480 megabits / 8 = 60 MegaBytes/second That is USB 2.0's maximum bandwidth.

eSATA = 3 gigabits per second. 3000 megabits /8 = 375 MegaBytes/second.

Too lazy to do firewire .
    
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mb = megabits. A bit = 1/8 of a byte. 480 megabits / 8 = 60 MegaBytes/second That is USB 2.0's maximum bandwidth.

eSATA = 3 gigabits per second. 3000 megabits /8 = 375 MegaBytes/second.

Too lazy to do firewire .
Is firewire faster?
    
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post #7 of 9
use the eSATA and it should run fine
i done it b4 with an old game COD2, and it workn fine over USB 2.0, so eSata or firewire should b good
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Is firewire faster?
Firewire (IEEE 1394c) does 800 megabits (100 MegaBytes) per second. It is faster than USB 2.0, and slower than eSATA (or SATA 1 or 2 for that matter).
Edited by JKBenchmarks - 8/5/09 at 8:52am
    
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post #9 of 9
and yeah its going to work since esata got same speeds as internal sata,which u already run games on.
so yeah eSata is going to work
just remembered that XD
    
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