Gaming laptop external storage for games....platter drive still good?

jarablue

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I have a gaming laptop that suits me well. I only have 512gb nvme on it. What I wanted to do was get a fast external drive. I thought about an ssd but it's pricey. Are platter drives still good? External ones? Say usb 3.2 gen 1? I was thinking of picking up say a 5tb one for loading games. But I don't want to get something that is dog slow.

What do you guys say?
 

NattyKathy

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For offline storage of game installer packages, or actually installing and running the games off the external HDD?
 

pendragon1

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spinners are dog slow compared to ssd/nvme, even on USB3 they top out around ~120MB/s. it would work but youll need to be careful with it. i would take half the size just to go sdd...
 

pitingres

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It depends on your tolerance level. If you're playing games that just reference storage at game load time, it might be OK; waiting 8-10 seconds for a load instead of 2 or 3, for instance. A game that's hitting storage on every scene change, probably not so much.
 

jarablue

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All I know is I bought the external drive and it was running dog slow steam took upwards of twenty seconds to cache files on the hard drive for installation I was like freak this. I went out and bought an nvme terabyte drive for a hundred 5 bucks. 3tb less but a lot faster. Thanks again everyone for the help.
 

NattyKathy

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You made the right call. Trying to use a spinny disk for anything but bulk storage these days is doomed to end in disappointment, they're just too slow (especially with USB latency overhead)
 

pendragon1

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All I know is I bought the external drive and it was running dog slow steam took upwards of twenty seconds to cache files on the hard drive for installation I was like freak this. I went out and bought an nvme terabyte drive for a hundred 5 bucks. 3tb less but a lot faster. Thanks again everyone for the help.
atodaso ;)
 
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