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HD. Internal or external?

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 22:47

Hello,

Just a question for those who know better.
I have received a "good as new" 320 GB HD from my father. It is 5 years old, but it has been used as a storage device for backups and has been activated 24 times. It's an external HD, inside it's IDE, so I could opt to open it up and install it internally. But, I would prefer not to. Due to the entire BIOS settings and jumper hoopla I'll be getting myself into.
Does it make any difference at all whether I keep it "as is", plug it into a USB port and assign it a drive letter (in disk management), or open it up and install it inside using the IDE cable?
It will be used mainly to install games. Older games that my pc handles quite well (think along the lines of Warcraft III, AoE I&II, MorrowinD).
I have an internal D: partition for the more demanding games like TS3, TSM, AoE III (due to the HD speed).

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Re: HD. Internal or external?

Post by hexorcist on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 08:04

There will be a performance penalty unless you're using USB 3.0, firewire, or thunderbolt. The penalty for IDE drives used externally is minor though - if it were a sata drive it'd be a much different story. There's also the situation where the drive letter changes, though this can be remedied via software (can't think of any off the top of my head, but I know they exist).

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Re: HD. Internal or external?

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 10:00

Hello,

How will I know which USB I'm using?
Will it matter (when it comes to performance) if the games I install to that drive are so old that my pc exceeds their system requirements by a mile?

It'll be no problem to have it using the same drive letter. If I intend to use it as if it were an internal HD, it'll always be on whenever the pc is. So if another temporary device is added, I assume it will receive an unused drive letter.

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