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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD

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 ...
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How do I copy an installed steam game on my PC to an external hard drive?

Steam → Settings → Downloads → Steam Library Folders Click "Add Library Folder" (Add your external drive) Save and Close Go to your Library Right click on the game → Properties → Local Files Click "...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD

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 ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

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 ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

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 ...
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How can I clean up disk space on PS4?

Check your screenshots. PS4 ALWAYS does a screenshot when you get a trophy. And that can get heavy after a while. There is also a setting (I can't remember where) where you can request your PS4 do not ...
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How does an SSD improve gaming performance?

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 ...
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Is there a difference between a PS4 USB Harddrive and any other USB Harddrive?

All "generic" hard drives that meet the specifications should be fine. I recently bought a Western Digital and had no problems using it on my PS4. The difference isn't in the hardware, it's in the ...
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The proper way to evaluate a gaming PC

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 ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

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 ...
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Is it possible to move a hard drive with Steam games to a new computer?

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 ...
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Can I install files directly onto to PS3 HDD?

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 ...
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Can I safely sell an Xbox 360 with XBLA games on the HDD?

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 ...
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Does a hard drive need to have an external power source to be compatible with the Wii U?

According to Nintendo support, a dedicated power source is not necessary, but recommended. Can bus-powered hard disc drives be used with Wii U? Some bus-powered hard disc drives draw more current ...
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SSD in PS3 Super Slim

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 ...
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Can I use a HDD on my PS3 if I have already used another on the same console?

Yes, so long as the HDD was originally formatted by the same PS3, it should boot up just fine and not ask you to format it. The way that the PS3s format their HDDs puts a unique identifier for that ...
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How do I solve "Not enough free disk space" when patching

Unfortunately as it stands, this is currently not possible. I ran into the same issue with Hollow Knight last week, when an update was sent out. The update itself was only 1GB, but Steam automatically ...
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Xbox 360 Flash Drives and Original Xbox Games

You CAN use a non-Microsoft hard drive. I had a non-Microsoft hard drive that was from EBay and it did not allow me to play Xbox originals. I was able to modify it to allow me to play originals. Here ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

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 ...
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How to transfer data from old HDD to new HDD for PS3 Super Slim?

Here's a post I found from a quick online search. It's been many years since I've done it, but it looks right from what I remember. There are a couple methods, but I'd focus on the simplest (the first ...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD

There is actually a utility someone created for just this reason. Steam Mover creates junction points and moves the actual game contents to a new location of your choosing and keeps track of moved ...
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Can I run games from an external hard drive?

Only in certain games. Some games require a complete installation, but there are some which not, namely DRM-free/portable games that you can run on the go. Most of the times these are independent ...
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Is it possible to move a hard drive with Steam games to a new computer?

If you have all your games in a new library on different HDD than it will work. After you install steam just add a new library and select the one on your another HDD. Steam will check the files and ...
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Xbox 360 Flash Drives and Original Xbox Games

No, you need a Microsoft Hard Drive for your Xbox 360. The flash units that you can pop into the front of the Xbox only provide space for save games and do not come with the requisite software to ...
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Will Skyrim work properly if mods and main files are split over two HDDs?

It's possible, but it could have serious impacts on performance - script lag, which is determined by many factors such as your PC specs, etc. However, it could work without problems at all, it just ...
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Can I install a Steam game on two drives?

Yes it's possible, but moving an already-installed game from it's installed folder may be tricky. Unless its insanely huge, I'd recommend backing up any save games or user content to another location, ...
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Will my game fit on the available HDD space?

BlueBarren is correct. i am fairly certain that every PS4 game has the Required HDD space on the back of the cover, for instance Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age says it needs about around 40-...
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Does the type of hard drive affect load times for an Xbox 360 Slim?

The Xbox 360 Slim uses SATA II which has an uncoded transfer rate of 2.4 Gbit/s (300 MB/s). USB 2.0 has an effective High Speed signaling rate throughput of 35 MB/s. The Xbox 360 Slim comes with a ...
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How to find out the storage consumption of a game on XBox One?

Finally found it. In the view with all the games (I guess it's "My Games and Apps" in English) there is a filter icon where you can choose orderings. The games can be ranked by storage consumption and ...
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How to Transfer Steam to a Different Harddrive on the Same Computer

If it's about save data, you don't need to worry about that. Not with Fallout 4, anyways. Fallout 4 is compatible to the Steam Cloud, which means your PC will automatically download them if they are ...
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