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05-10-2007, 05:13 AM
I have FS9 on my 60GB harddrive. Over time, I have added several sceneries, payware aircraft, and other general enhancements. Although the drive is not completely full, I am beginning to run low on space. I was considering getting an external hard drive and putting FS9 on that drive. I'm trying to decide if a 120GB drive would be sufficient or if I should consider a 250GB to ensure enough space for future add-ons.
Another thing I was wondering is if there will be any performance increase from having FS9 be on a seperate drive.
05-10-2007, 03:02 PM
That's exactly what I'm wondering! Same deal---60 GB harddrive, about 23% freespace remaining. Anybody?
05-11-2007, 01:51 AM
120GB would be fine... I have a 74GB second internal HD and it's only a third full between FS9 and several addons.
Regarding performance, in my experience, yes, FS will run faster if it's not on the primary HD that contains your paging file. I believe others on this board would agree.
Something to keep in mind...Depending on how old your computer is, you may lose some performance by putting FS9 on an external HD. Reason being, most external HDs have a slower rotation speed and seek/write time than internal HDs. So if your computer is a year or two old, and assuming it's a desktop system and not a laptop, you most likely have a 7200RPM HD. I have seen external 7200RPM HDs but they're considerably more expensive than the next step down (I believe that would be 5400RPM). So going to a 5400RPM external HD may slow your FS9 experience down a bit from what you're used to. You would notice this mostly in the loading of textures and when starting/ending a flight.
05-11-2007, 11:34 AM
I've been running FS2004 on an external USB drive for some years, and get perfectly adequate performance.
Its stating the obvious, but if you do plan to run FS2004 on a new drive (external or otherwise) it will have to be properly reinstalled. You won't be able to just move everything over and expect it to work.
05-16-2007, 02:55 AM
We just copy and paste our FS9 to an external HD and it works fine!!
We do not have any payware, this may make a difference??
Through some testing, we have found the only thing a copy
doesn't do is uninstall for the control panel!!
You just delete the folder to get rid of it!!
In fact, our main FS is a copy from another computer!! We
copied it to the external HD and then to our new FS computer!!
SO,, it was never really installed on the FS computer!!
05-17-2007, 01:35 PM
I have determined that my original internal drive is a 7200RPM drive. I am looking at a couple of external drives that are also 7200RPMs. The only thing is, I can't decide which one to get. I found a 250GB for $90 and a 500 for $150. I know that both are more than double what I have now, but I am wondering how quickly the 250GB would fill up. I am also wondering if moving FS9 to another drive will really free up that much space on the original drive. The original drive has about 5GB of free space remaining and the FS9 folder is using 6.25GB of space on the current drive.
05-17-2007, 02:10 PM
I would take a long look at what the other 49gbs of data is??
Do you need to keep it??
What about an external for storage??
They are dirt cheap at Wal-Mart!!
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