Gaming over a network hard drive

Discussion in 'Games' started by macjonny1, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

    macjonny1

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever tried this (I don't have a network drive so I can't). If one had a wireless set up where you had a hard drive connected to your wireless (kind of like the airport disk set up with the new base station coming out) by USB. So, if I am on my laptop would I be able to play a game from files located only on the hard-drive?
     
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  3. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Assuming you have sufficient RAM, games don't access the hard drive that frequently especially game data. Your computer may page out but that is not written to where the game data is stored but to the page file. Usually there will be distinct time when a new level or area or something of that sort loads (when your game actually says "loading"). I think it would be very doable but your load times would probably suffer. Maybe thats not a big deal for you.
     
  4. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Only if you really need to.

    Huge whopper of a bottleneck.
     
  5. macjonny1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so not the best idea. I guess WoW at 50+FPS this way is out of the question. :rolleyes:
     
  6. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    WOW has a lot of disc accessing.

    It would not be much fun.

    Over 1000BT it would be ok though.
     

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