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You can create multiple 'game libraries' in Steam, each one going in a different location on your computer, in your case, 2 different hard disks. Nolonar adds a good point: Keep in mind that not all games can be installed on a library other than where Steam is installed; most notably old games like Half-Life 2 How to Steam > Settings > Downloads ...


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Yes it will work, but you will need to download the PS3 firmware and put it on a USB stick for installation: To transfer the update data to your PlayStation 3, save the file to a PS3 compatible storage device such as Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, USB drive or PSP. Before starting, use your PC to create a folder named 'PS3' on ...


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Personally I use junction points. Install everything originally to the SSD as it is your base/original Steam install location then you can move the data folder and create a "junction point" to generate a virtual link to the new physical location of the game data. This really can be done for a lot of other things than SteamApps. See: ...


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I believe neither are good options. Running Fallout 4 will most likely keep the drive active for the entire duration of your playtime. Neither external flash nor HDD have sufficient heat dissipation to handle that. You will most likely destroy your drive very quickly. Unfortunately you probably won't know this is happening because the external drive are ...


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These are your options in order from best to worst: Solid State Drive (SSD) A solid state drive will provide much faster access than a mechanical hard drive. Amazon shows that in August 2015 you can get 250GB external SSD for around $150. According to Game Debate Fallout 4 requires 28GB of hard drive space so you could target an even smaller drive to ...


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This question explains the differences, so I won't go into that here. On your hard drive you have: game saves game updates system updates downloaded games/content/demos/apps profile information movies/music you've downloaded Xbox Live has your official profile information, which will be downloaded if you switch systems. Assuming you don't have any ...


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Yes, you can backup the drive, assuming you can get it to bootup and run without getting the yellow light. Sony's User Guide on backing up states:. Some types of backed up data can be restored on another PS3™ system. The types of data that can be restored on another system are as follows: Saved data from PlayStation®3 format software *1 ...


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A hard disk is responsible, but only in a few specific ways: Loading times. The time it takes to start the game, or load resources from disk (for example when entering a new map or region) are directly related to Hard Disk speed. If you've ever played on a machine with an SSD, you'll know all about this. Hard disk performance is the bottle neck here, so ...


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How do SSDs improve gaming performance? SSDs improve performance by reducing loading times, assuming the game is installed on the SSD, of course. Do they somehow impact the framerate? It depends on the game and how they were built. Most games use streaming to load required resources from disk when they're needed. When your disk takes too long to stream ...


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There are a couple of things to bear in mind when upgrading the PS3 hard disk. To be explicit: physical size; storage capacity; type. Physical size: The disk has to be a 2.5in laptop drive, and despite possible expectation, these are manufactured in slightly different sizes. Currently they come in 9mm and 12mm depths. The 12mm disk is too large to ...


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According to the Microsoft Store, the Data Transfer Cable will work with Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 S consoles. Note that it will do regular to regular and regular to S, but not S to S. As far as DLC licenses are concerned, there is an option in your accounts in the dashboard to transfer all of your licenses to the console you are on. It's in Guide > Settings > ...


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From How to upgrade your PS3 internal hard drive: Things you will need Larger SATA notebook (2.5″) hard drive (hd), 5400rpm or 7400rpm. So unfortunately with your 3.5" hard drives you are out of luck - they won't fit into the PS3 and they are the wrong type (ATA vs. SATA). However, all is not lost. From the same site there's a post on How ...


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Yes, that should have more than enough space for that. I've had my Xbox 360 for close to two and a half years, and after playing 100 or so games my profile takes up about 10MB. As for save games, I'm not sure how much space mine are taking but most save games are less than 1MB so there should be plenty of room for them as well. If you do need more room and ...


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Digital Foundry put together a really good, in-depth comparison of the performance you can get out of different hard drive types (in particular, SSD vs traditional): PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Guide In short, the SSD isn't as big of an improvement as you might expect, with some exceptions.


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Different games have different requirements and therefore reveal different bottlenecks. Graphics: If you have low framerates and lowering the graphics settings returns you to high framerates, you may have a graphics bottleneck. If you do opt for a beefier graphics card, be sure your powersupply can handle it. CPU: If you can play the game in small ...


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Realistically, the speed of the drive won't affect gameplay much. The main benefit to a HDD would be capacity and price, as an external SSD will not run nearly at the speed the price would imply when connected via USB 3.0. I gamed for quite a while on a USB 2 external HDD, and I never experienced any major issues, save for slightly extended load times.


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IF you mean an external drive or somehow hooking your PS3 to your PC no, you can't install games on an external drive like that. You can however use a laptop 2.5" HDD and replace the physical HDD inside the PS3 (you can backup and restore your current saves to keep all your stuff too). See this question for a bit more info on the HDD type you need Internal ...


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The PS3's OS is not stored on the HDD, but the internal flash memory of the PS3. So switching a HDD will not do anything to the OS. So nothing is needed to be done, to get the PS3 up and running, after a HDD switch. The HDD only stores, Media files, save games, DLC etc. Related question


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Glitches are usually caused by bugs in a given game's code, causing unexpected behavior. Since installing a game to your hard drive doesn't actually modify the code in any way, I can't imagine that it would fix any glitches you have seen. It IS important, though, to download any updates for the game that are available, as such updates are frequently used ...


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You can't install games on external USB drives. Games will only run off of the internal hard drive. You can replace the internal hard drive. It will take any standard SATA 2.5" (laptop-sized) drive. The drive will be reformatted automatically. See How to upgrade your PS3 hard drive. I upgraded to a 1 TB drive. It took maybe ten minutes to do the swap, ...


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If your Gamertag has been deleted, no one will be able to access any of your profile information (including payment information) or any of your downloaded games, as they are downloaded and are owned by that Gamertag. Honestly you're better off just wiping the drive completely.


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Nope, you can't. Every single PS3 hard drive is encrypted to it's own, personal, PS3. No two keys are the same, and that's not even taking into account the file structure required. You won't even be able to read the hard drive, let alone throw information onto it. Incidentally, what you're trying to do here is piracy. But even with legitimate data, what ...


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Yes. I did it before: simply moved my "Steam disk" from machine A to machine B, then installed Steam on machine B, pointing it to the Steam disk location and voilà. As an extra precaution, you can also delete the ClientRegistry.blob file to force Steam to scan the steamapps folder and find out what is installed, making sure all the games get found. Some ...


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It is almost impossible to predict when a hard drive will go bad. I've had desktop hard drives that went bad after 9 months. I've also had some that are still working after 10 years (and I still have a Tandy even with a working hard drive!) Sometimes when a hard drive begins to fail it will perform very poorly and/or exhibit the "click of death." When ...


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Your achievements are tied to your gamertag, not the console, so there are a few ways to transfer everything over. If you have a hard drive on your old console and you're buying one of the older models, you can just pop it over to the new one and your achievements and saved games will be usable right away. If you are buying one of the newer consoles with ...


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There is no possibility to install Diablo III without admin privileges. You have to connect your external hard drive to another machine where you have the required privileges and install the game from there. Afterwards you can switch back to the machine where you have no admin privileges and play the game from the external hard drive you installed it to. ...


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You are correct that the older hard drives are not directly compatible with the newer models. They won't just plug in. Microsoft sells an official Xbox 360 Transfer Cable which will allow you to attach your old hard drive to a newer Xbox 360 model and move the data over. It can be purchased online from them, or a few other places. The full instructions to ...


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Same as for any case of usage, i.e. 7200 is faster than 5400. However there are 2 additional things to consider, 7200 generates more heat and noise. While second can cause discomfort, first shortens life of the HDD. Considering that PS3 is not really depends on drive speed in general, 5400 is generally preffered. Considering HDD buffer size it's again, same ...


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If you ruled out an SSD due to price, it's very unlikely that you will get a flash drive with adequate performance. There are fast flash drives, yes. But I never saw a really fast flash drive significantly cheaper than a SSD (per GiB). Also: Flash Drives don't support the TRIM command, so they will get slower over time and there is not much one can do ...


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Yes, the PS3 is fully compatible with SSDs, though not necessarily optimized for it. There are many benchmarks that compare the difference in performance of a PS3 using an HDD or an SSD. Also keep in mind that people have been running Windows XP (released in 2001) on SSDs without much problems either. Most of an SSDs internal workings aren't handled by ...



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