OS Neutral external hdd vs external flash drive (usb3)

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by ventuss, May 2, 2014.

  1. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    I know I can run games on a usb3 (80-100mb/s read write) drive and still have a nice experience. Now what if I have a 64GB usb3 drive that matches that speed? Is the experience be the same?
  2. Confusius macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    New York
    You'll have longer loading times with any external USB3 peripheral. Other than that, performance shouldn't be affected.
  3. Icaras, May 12, 2014
    Last edited: May 12, 2014

    Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Not if your internal is a slow moving HDD vs an SSD connected via USB 3, then you'll definitely get faster speeds with the external drive. That's my current setup except I'm using an external Thunderbolt SSD. My Windows partition is installed on my 1TB HDD (Fusion Drive).

    OP, at one point I was interested in the same thing. That is, installing and running games off a USB 3 flash drive but then I read somewhere that writes are much more limited on a flash drive compared to an HDD or an SSD, resulting in a much more reduced life span. Though I'm still interested in this. If flash drive life span has improved drastically, I wonder if this could definitely be an alternative to game storage.

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