Gaming off an external hdd

ryfry

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This is just a hypothetical scenario, but can one use an external hdd to game off multiple computers? If it is possible how would one go about setting it up? I assume there would be a partition process, but I am somewhat unfamiliar with. Would there be a foreseable difference in using a usb 3.0 vs esata? I don't plan on doing this, this question has jusrt really been bugging me.
 
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In Windows you can install games to an external drive, but not use it on multiple machines without some significant issues.

It's a different story for STEAM games and simple little games that don't have registry keys, but for all other games it would be problematic.

RealBeast

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It could be a problem since most games need to be installed (with OS registry entries and whatnot) and not just available on an external drive. If you could do it, esata would be a little faster than USB 3, and USB 2 would probably be too slow for fluid gameplay at high FPS.
 

RealBeast

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In Windows you can install games to an external drive, but not use it on multiple machines without some significant issues.

It's a different story for STEAM games and simple little games that don't have registry keys, but for all other games it would be problematic.
 
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