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Windows 7: Can I Install games on an External Hard Drive?


09 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Can I Install games on an External Hard Drive?

wasnt really sure if that would work since it has to be in the program files can i? bc i have several games and would rather have them on my TB that on my internal HD

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09 Dec 2009   #2

 
 

Yes. You can install them there.
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09 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

how do i go about doing that bc i tried and it just put it in a "Builds" folder on my C:/
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09 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

When you install a program, you can choose "Custom" and then choose the file path. You'll need to know the drive letter of the external drive, then you can do whatever you want.

For example, if the external drive is E, and you are installing MW2, you could install it to "E:\Games\Modern Warfare 2" or something like that.

The big downside to this is that if you install something to an external drive and unplug it, your stuff won't work and you'll have a bunch of shortcuts pointing to stuff that doesn't exist. If you always leave the drive plugged in and don't plan on moving it, then you should be ok. Also the drive letter can potentially change if you unplug it and plug it back in, thought that's less likely.

Edit: No problem, hope that info helps.
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09 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

thank you my good sir
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11 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

In regard to installing games on externals don't try to run more than one aplication form the external at one as it will often cause the applications to fail, after all your running through a usb or fire-wire rather than a sata cable.
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11 Dec 2009   #7

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

What about a second internal disk in the slot "D"? Thats possible too right?
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11 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coolness View Post
What about a second internal disk in the slot "D"? Thats possible too right?
Yes as above simply select custom install rather than standard or generic or w/e else it might say and set the file path yourself, often a browse window will open and you just click where u want it to install to.
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13 Dec 2009   #9

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Awesome. thanks.
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