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x0rkinko
06-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Hey men, i need an advice. what is the best solution for playing games if i have windows and games installed on first hdd or games should be on second hdd with other programs. You know which solution is faster and better for playing without lags, faster loading...I have two 750gb HDDs 7200rpm. What do u prefer? Thanks for all opinions :)

zsld0423
06-10-2012, 10:34 PM
I have my Windows OS installed on my SSD, and a majority of all my other programs and games are installed on my 750GB 7200RPM secondary hard drive. The only big program I keep on my SSD is Microsoft Office 2010, and I've never had any issues with games loading slowly. Since you've got 2 750GB hard drives, it shouldn't make much or any difference which hard drive your stuff is installed to. BUT one good thing about installing programs to the 2nd hard drive is that if you ever wipe your OS to do a clean install, you won't have to go through the installation process for all those games again. You'll just want to make sure you back up the game saves since those are usually on the main hard drive. That's what I've been doing and I keep a folder with all my games as shortcuts so I know what is installed after a wipe . Then just make sure to re download programs like Direct X and other things like that so the games will run. Hope this helps!

Zygomorphic
06-11-2012, 12:21 AM
+1 Rep, zsld0423! Excellent advice, I would say the same thing myself. If speed is real important, look into an SSD. That, or the awesome Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drives. I have one myself, and they are real fast--even the older ones boot Windows almost as fast an as a slow SSD. The newer (750 GB) one is even faster, and I hear that Seagate is working on a write-cache firmware update. Since the hybrid drives use SLC cache, there is no risk of hitting the write/erase limit before the mechanical HDD breaks. A write-cache would make the system awesome. Let's hope that Seagate gets that firmware update out the door, and that ASUS starts using those drives--their awesome because they are OS-independent. LINUX boots real quick! :cool:

brecker
06-11-2012, 12:25 AM
all windows proceses running may be using the first hdd, if you have pagefile enabled it will be on the main one as well, so you should have more speed availeable on the second one... now wether that would make a notisable different on games i don't know, i guess it depends on the game and your configuration...

if you run multiple virtual machines using one hdd it will be slow as hell, but if you run them from multiple hdds they will be more smooth... i think you can apply that to games... if you run multiple games / instances of the same game at the same time you will see a difference if they are running on different hdds...

Gorman
06-11-2012, 04:13 PM
@zsld0423

I wouldn't be willing to just run games off the second HDD once I wiped and reinstalled the first... I imagine that can't be good for the configuration of the games, not to mention the registry and dependencies...

Zygomorphic
06-11-2012, 04:27 PM
all windows proceses running may be using the first hdd, if you have pagefile enabled it will be on the main one as well, so you should have more speed availeable on the second one... now wether that would make a notisable different on games i don't know, i guess it depends on the game and your configuration...

if you run multiple virtual machines using one hdd it will be slow as hell, but if you run them from multiple hdds they will be more smooth... i think you can apply that to games... if you run multiple games / instances of the same game at the same time you will see a difference if they are running on different hdds...

While I don't believe that you can move the Windows Processes, you can move the pagefile/remove it completely. If you have 16 GB of RAM, simply disable the pagefile if you never get even close to using that much. Alternately, move the pagefile to the less-used HDD, and free up some space for games on the first. I use my second HDD for primarily data, since that allows me to tweak/reinstall windows without risking my important files.