#1
hey pit, im getting a laptop for Christmas, but im planning to record with it, so i thought an external hard drive would be a safe bet.

i'm planning on getting This and i was wondering if i would still be able to play games if they're installed on there, and would they run as effectively?

that's the essence if this post - do games run as well if they are installed on an external hard drive (the laptop has a 12GB SSD)
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#2
yh they would rune fine.

just make sure u hook it up using USB 2.0 rather than 1.1. but if the laptop is new then it would definitely be USB 2.0
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You definitely can. Ive heard people say they wont run as smoothly, Ive never had that problem.
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#5
It acts like a normal HDD but rather than being built into the computer it plugs in via usb, so to answer your question

Yes.
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It acts like a normal HDD but rather than being built into the computer it plugs in via usb, so to answer your question

Yes.
not quite.

The max transfer speed over USB is considerably slower than SATA or SATA II connections.
#7
most challenging game i'll be running is Sims 2 XD


so i'll be fine right?
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#8
I have WoW on my external drive so i can bring it places, it runs the same.
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yea check if your laptop has an eSata output, that would seriously increase transfer rates. Playing movies and music is fine over USB 2.0, but high rate games can get quite slow just because of the transfer times (not in the actual playing but the loading into RAM)
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#10
Running any application from an external USB drive will be much slower than if it was SATA mounted, but it's still possible
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yea check if your laptop has an eSata output, that would seriously increase transfer rates. Playing movies and music is fine over USB 2.0, but high rate games can get quite slow just because of the transfer times (not in the actual playing but the loading into RAM)
Bingo.

The game loads into RAM and runs from there, so in game you should be good, but whenever the game has to load something from the hard drive you might notice it's a bit longer than if it had been via a SATA connection.
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most challenging game i'll be running is Sims 2 XD


so i'll be fine right?

Yeah I think so. I only had older games on mine, they all worked normally.
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cool - on the opic of games - anywhere i can get all the sims2 expansions in one?
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Running Windows on a Mac and using Firewire ftw.
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Lol.

Sims 2 will be small enough to put on the 12Gb SSD (Netbook by any chance?)

If you can spare the extra pennies, I'd go with one of these.

It is a NAS drive. This means you could plug it in to a router, and access it throughout the house, on any PC, regardless if the other ones are turned off.

This, as well as USB2 support make it quite versatile.

Good choice though with Seagate if you don't need that / can't afford / only have one PC anyway!

I'd also recommend this one too. We have WD MyBooks at my work (3 of them, all 1TB though) running as live backup systems for both our file server and for our Macs. Good reliable workhorses, never had an issue, turned on all the time.
#16
hmmm.... ^^it looks cool, but my dad's already got one, and i doubt my little sister will use any more than 5 Gb at the moment

yeh, it's an Eeepc

quite why im not sure, seemed reasonable, good for what i'll need it for, space-saving, and a fast improvement on my current pc
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