OS X Internal/external drive speed questions

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by rayansud, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. rayansud macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2011
    Ok, so because of the Christmas Sale, I finally bought the Valve Complete Pack, but my internal HD doesn't have the place to store it all. I have an external 1 TB HDD, but I'm not sure if I should use it for gaming as I'm worried about performance issues.


    My HD info, from System Information:

    Intel 6 Series Chipset:

    Vendor: Intel
    Product: 6 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported


    Capacity: 320.07 GB (3,20,07,29,33,376 bytes)
    Model: ST9320325ASG
    Revision: 0009APM1
    Serial Number: 5VD6G14T
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 5400
    Medium Type: Rotational
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Capacity: 209.7 MB (20,97,15,200 bytes)
    BSD Name: disk0s1
    Content: EFI
    Mac OSX:
    Capacity: 249 GB (2,49,00,00,01,536 bytes)
    Available: 44.2 GB (44,19,87,64,544 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /
    Content: Apple_HFS
    Recovery HD:
    Capacity: 650 MB (65,00,06,528 bytes)
    BSD Name: disk0s3
    Content: Apple_Boot
    Capacity: 70.21 GB (70,21,26,48,960 bytes)
    Available: 21.88 GB (21,87,83,86,688 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: UFSD_NTFS_COMPR
    BSD Name: disk0s4
    Mount Point: /Volumes/BOOTCAMP
    Content: Microsoft Basic Data


    a) If Firewire 800 faster than/slower than/as fast as my internal HDD?
    b) Is Firewire 800 fast enough for me to store the games on the external HDD and play? -- (I can also buy a Thunderbolt cable, but it's really expensive)
    c) If I store them on the HDD and use Symbolic Links for the SteamApps folder, will the transfer rate affect playing? (as opposed to installing Steam on the HDD and playing from it)
    Thanks a lot in advance!
  2. Fnord macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2005
    You didn't say how fast your external drive spins, but assuming its 7200 rpm, your external drive will be faster than your internal one. FW800 is faster than either hard drive you have, so you won't have any performance issues.

    You could even make the FW800 drive your boot drive.

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