Possible to install games to non-OS hard drive?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and Consoles' started by armysgt1, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. armysgt1

    armysgt1 New Member

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    I would like to use my larger hard drive to install games to. Is this possible when the larger drive doesn't have the operating system on it?
     
  2. deanj20

    deanj20 New Member

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    Absolutely. Whenever you run the installation utility for the program, just select the other drive and put it wherever you want. On this computer, I have a Program Files folder on C:and on D: , but you could call yours whatever you like (Games, Utilities, Documents, whatever).
     
  3. armysgt1

    armysgt1 New Member

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    Great, thanks a lot!
     
  4. Drenlin

    Drenlin New Member

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    Some games won't let you do it, but most will. Some will even install to an external drive.
     
  5. Aastii

    Aastii New Member Staff Member

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    If you install them, you can't move the game afterwards. It will install alright onto the non-OS drive, but 99% of games won't. There are some exceptions (WoW comes to mind), but most can't be moved without files being affected and not working with a different file path
     
  6. wag 42

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    How about online games? My son plays alot of games on steam, and has downloaded a bunch of stuff from steam. When I build a computer, i'd love to have a seperate HD just for his stuff. My guess is you can't, but i'd hate for all of his online game stuff to be loaded onto the same drive as the operating system.

    I plan on using a SSD for the operating system, but until prices come down, space will be a premium.
     
  7. deanj20

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    It's been my personal experience that you can install any program to any drive, so long as you choose the appropriate drive/directory during the program's initial install.

    Very few (poorly written) program installers will not allow you to choose the drive letter and/or directory, in which case you should be able to change the program's registry entries and move it manually.
     
  8. salvage-this

    salvage-this Active Member

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    unless you have a separate partition for your os I don't think that you can pull the os out on to a separate boot HDD.

    For putting the games on a lager drive, you could just clone the smaller drive to the larger one to make it your primary HDD. I have not noticed any problems running my os and all of my games together on my tb drive. I just make sure to clean and defrag it every so often. Keeps it pretty fast.
     
  9. Aastii

    Aastii New Member Staff Member

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    When you install steam, install it onto a sifferent hard drive. Then, all of the games will be installed into the steam directory, on the other hard drive
     
  10. deanj20

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    All of the games on this computer are installed on D:\Program Files\

    The OS is installed on C:\Windows and the only thing in C:\Program Files\ is MS Office and a few other programs.

    Everything runs great. Simply choose the desired drive and directory during the initial installation of your son's games. By default, installers choose "C:\Program Files" so you have to change the drive letter. That's it! (Or has always worked for me anyway)

    :D
     
  11. wag 42

    wag 42 New Member

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    That's great-thanks guys. That was the route that I wanted to go, but was not sure it would work. I didn't want to have to spend a small fortune for a large SSD just to accomodate the games. I figured a couple hundred $$ for an 80 GB SSD for OS and incedentals, then a couple more 500 GB's (or larger) standard HDD's. One for his games and one for my stuff.
     

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