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07-15-2005, 11:20 PM
I haved never used a machine with 2 hard drives before. I understand that if I install the fs9.exe file on the first drive and the rest of the files on the second, I should see improved performance. Is this true? Can someone instruct me how to do this?
07-16-2005, 01:07 AM
I've never heard of anyone breaking up their FS2004 installation before. I don't think it's possible with the exception of perhaps addon scenery that you could have on another hard drive and browse to when adding it in the settings .
Anyway , many people have the FS2004 on a second drive with their windows being on the main hard drive.
Some people think this might improve things since the second drive could be accessing textures and stuff at the same time as the first (windows) drive is dealing with using the virtual memory pagefileon that disk. At least this is what I get from it.
Anyway , I have FS2004 on one hard drive and everything else on the main C: drive (windows, other programs , non-fs2004 stuff)
I'm not sure if it helps since I can't compare. It might.
One thing that could help is if your drives speeds are 10000 rpm (it should make accessing files and virtual memory usage a bit faster) . Mine are slower than that.
Anyway I'm not huge hardware expert but this is what I get from the subject.
07-16-2005, 02:00 AM
I never had any improvement with such an installment, but...
When however you have a lot of scenery it can be very usefull to place your sceneries at the 2e HD; the sceneryfiles are the only files you can give another path via the FSlibrary.
I have four drives on this machine and over the years I have tried every combination of placement you can think of. Everything on one drive. The sim on one drive, the operating system on another drive, and the swap file on yet a third drive. Etc, etc, etc. While there are some small system performance improvements possible by such arrangements, they are so small that there will be no noticeable difference in the overall performance of FS2004. My advice is use the second drive to maintain a good backup of your critical files and don't worry about the placement of FS2004. But, if, like me, you just can't resist tweaking things, all you have to do is uninstall FS2004 from the first drive and reinstall it on the second (just change the drive letter and folder name when the FS2004 installer runs).
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