Using A Seperate Hard Drive For Your Games

by on December 25, 2007

Q: I have two hard drives in my computer and they are the exact same size. Would it be better/faster to put my games on the opposite hard drive to the operating system hard drive?

A: From the stand point of having less programs to sort through to run your games you will notice better performance form having your games on a separate drive. If you are choosing to do this then make sure that you use the drive only for games otherwise it defeats the purpose of having two drives. Reserve this drive for only game related programs.

When you download driver updates such as DirectX download the files to your primary drive. The drivers involve your operating system more than anything else so you don’t need to put them on your game drive. This will keep the amount of superfluous programs, file fragments and unused files to a minimum.

Fortunately there are enough system diagnostic programs out there, like McAfee and Norton System Works, to maintain your drive. Be sure to run maintenance and/or diagnostic programs on your game drive just as you would your primary drive. Setting up a drive for performance means maintaining that drive more than usual. Treat your primary drive like your everyday car and your game drive like your sports car. You may not use it as often but when you do you intend to get your money’s worth.