Gaming from external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by shtoat, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. shtoat macrumors member

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    Hi I was just about to set up bootcamp for the first time on my macbook. I don't really want too big a windows partition, since I'll only be using it for games, would it be advisable to just install the games on an external hard drive (USB 2.0) in that case with a pretty small windows partition?

    I've also heard that it's possible to boot xp from an external hard drive (after a bit of tinkering). Would that be an option too? I'm just thinking about gaming here. I really want to give company of heroes a good lash!

    Thanks in advance.:)
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Some games will work, but you may get lag and stuff.
     
  3. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running Battlefield 2142 and BioShock from an external USB HD and there is no noticeable slowdown.
     
  4. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, a faster hard drive will only be useful for loading stages, cutscenes etc, a slow one won't slow down actual gameplay.
     
  5. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

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    Would this scenario hinder online play at all?
     

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