MBA gaming off a flash drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MrXiro, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have a base MBA. It only has 64gb and about 40gb left. Wondering if it is possible to game off of a flash drive and just keep a 32gb flash drive with me in case I want to game and just plug it in so I can save some SSD space.

    Would that work?
  2. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Performance would be terrible I would imagine as you'd have to be using USB 2 speeds, I've never tried it, but I'd imagine it might be possible on the new MBA's with thunderbolt in the future.
  3. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    I tried to open Office with USB 2 speeds, it was horrible. I had to let it bounce couple times (around 50) and it finally opened.
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    It should work, but I think it really depends on the game. Some games require a lot of data to be transferred so levels might take longer to load.
  5. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    You also have to understand there is different quality of USB sticks, some controllers are faster than others. Anywhere from 1MB/s - 30MB/s thats a significant difference.
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    The actual process of doing it is possible; people load things onto USB sticks all of the time (programs and whatnot, not just files). The problem is, as many have stated here, is the speed you're going to get.

    The flash storage in SSDs is different in that the read/write speeds are fast. Very fast. I used to wonder (when they first came out and I didn't know anything about them) why people couldn't just throw some 32gb micro sd cards in there and have the same result.

    You could store the game's files and whatnot on there, then copy/move them to the computer if you want to do that, however I doubt you'd be able to game from that drive.

    Now you "might" be able to do it with a thunderbolt port and a supported drive as the speeds might be a lot faster with that. External SSD drive to thunderbolt maybe?

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