Can I install games to an external SSD?

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  1. Yougotcarved macrumors regular

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    Hey all so I've ordered a 27" with Fusion Drive, despite really wanting an all SSD system I couldn't comfortably afford the 768Gb SSD so going with Fusion.

    My question is, ideally I want a full SSD system so I'm probably going to keep data on my drive under 128Gb so I only use the Fusion, or maybe split them and use the HDD as a backup drive.

    I'm hoping 128Gb will be enough for my OSX and apps (of which I'll need a few) but I can imagine if I started installing games this space would disappear quick. That being said, is it possible to install games or apps on an external SSD?
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    It depends on the games and the apps. Apple's own apps tend to require being in /Applications for everything to work properly (especially updates).

    I know Starcraft II, World of Warcraft and Diablo III can have the game moved with no issues. They just have some preferences files and such that have fixed locations in /Users.

    All in all it will be on a per application/game basis.
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    Nonsense, I have almost 100% of my Apple Applications in a different place and they work AND get updated.
    It was in the beginning of OS X where you couldn't move them and broke Links, not so anymore.

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    Most Apps will just install fine, there might be a few which installs Supporting files which could be a problem but I did not come upon any.
     
  4. b0redom macrumors regular

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    Just FYI, it's not simple to split the drives. I tried to do that when mine arrived and DiskUtility just kept sticking them back together. I'm sure it's possible to do with some command line goodness, but I just wanted to get Bootcamp on my 3TB fusion drive.

    If/when the TB enclosures come down a little in price I may buy one and install stuff which needs really fast access to it, but to be honest the Fusion drive is very quick indeed.
     
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you can install games on an external drive but instead of spending the money, why don't you try the Fusion drive first. It might surprise you.

    I have over 400gb of data on my 1TB Fusion including games and quite honestly I have not experienced any major slowdowns.
     

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