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post #1 of 10
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Hey,

I wanted to know if it was possible to have an external steam drive with all the data needed to play on another computer (including the saves etc). I'd like to have a plug-and-play steam drive thats not too slow and if possible not too mig (not like some huge WD external drives). I was thinking maybe a 2.5" velociraptor in an enclosure ? but im asking because the saves file are not in the same location.
post #2 of 10
It would work as long as Steam was installed on the drive as well. Saves depend on the game.

Besides... it would be kinda slow unless you had eSata or Firewire 800.
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post #3 of 10
Terrible idea. You'd be getting extremely slow speeds. Doesn't matter if it's a VelociRaptor. It matters because it's external.

Also, save games are usually stored somewhere in My Documents and/or AppData folders, not in the Steam directory.
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I heard e-sata is almost as fast as internal
post #5 of 10
eSATA is identical to internal - completely no difference to using a normal SATA port.

However you should be aware that Velociraptors won't work in 2.5" enclosures - they aren't laptop drives (they are 15mm high, not the usual 9.5 or 12mm high, and they also require 12V unlike laptop drives which only use the 5V rail to spin the platters).

I also doubt you will be able to get your games to run on multiple systems, but that's another issue...
post #6 of 10
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hmmm :/ kinda sucks lol
post #7 of 10
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http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...l&promoid=1253

Could that run steam games ? its usb 3 O.o
post #8 of 10
God no. Silly idea but that WD external encrypts the information that goes into it and causes extremely slow speeds. It also will heat up like no other. Stop using an external and just use a secondary internal HDD.
 
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Originally Posted by Volcom13 View Post
God no. Silly idea but that WD external encrypts the information that goes into it and causes extremely slow speeds. It also will heat up like no other. Stop using an external and just use a secondary internal HDD.
This 100%. A USB controller failed on my WD External, cost me a good $450 to get my data back .
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Also, save games are usually stored somewhere in My Documents and/or AppData folders, not in the Steam directory.
That's the terrible idea.
Game developers should learn to put game saves under "\\game name\\save\\".
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