Understanding Hard Drives...?

By Razmo ยท 4 replies
Nov 7, 2007
  1. Guys/Gals,

    I'm in the middle of piecing together a new PC. I'd like to utilize two hard drives. One for my gaming (a raptor) and the other for everything else.

    Is it possible to install my OS and etc on the the slower harddrive and game on the other. I'd essentially like the PC to boot to the non gaming hard drive.

    Can it work this way?

  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    you could do that

    if you tell windows to install on the drive you want it to be on then make that your primary boot drive, or just have it as your master hard drive, then it'll work :)

    having your game files on the other drive would make then accessible a bit faster but you will want fast ram too, although i expect you already know this and that's why you want to use the 2nd drive as your game's program files :)
  3. Razmo

    Razmo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thanks Daveskater

    Well, I'm learning as I go hear but, I plan to use 2gb of PC6400 DDR2/800 Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/heat spreaders. This may or may not be fast enough?

    For starters, I'll be running an EVGA 680i SLI, Core 2 duo E6850, one Nvidia 8800 GT and PCs power and cooling silencer 750 PSU.

    I am planing to to use a 24" monitor at 1920x1200 so I thought I'd start small and grow larger if needed.

    Any thoughts?

  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    that sounds like pretty good spec so you'd be able to game well with that :)

    i think that ram will be fine, usually if it is between upgrading ram or a faster speed hard drive then getting faster ram will give the most performance improvement but seeing as you'll have both then you're looking at a speedy system, there
  5. Razmo

    Razmo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thanks Dude!

    I'm thinking that I'll probably pick up another 8800GT if she's lagging any, then move onto speedier RAM and on to a faster CPU (when prices get cheaper ;)
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