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Is it better to install Steam along with my games to a different drive?

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  • 7y
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    You could install it to your primary and back it up to another,
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    Personally I have everything partitioned to hell. Windows install on a partition, partition for my pictures and documents and programs. Now recently I got a new drive and sent the larger files to my drive, like steam folder and my movies folder.

    I'd definitely have music, documents, movies, games on a separate drive. Just in case the older drive fails the newer one will still have our shit and you won't need to download over 200+ gigs (the size of my steam folder) worth of games all over again.
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    More like over 700GB. I do actually keep data (music, movies, etc) on my secondary drive, but I guess my main question is: Does installing Steam to a separate partition or drive improve game performance? I've also heard having Steam in Program Files can cause issues with administrative privileges. Fact or fiction? :o
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    Probably fiction, unless you're not the administrator of your computer.
    I also can't see how it'd improve performance, seeing as it's stored on the HD, whereas performance depends on things like RAM and CPU. If anything, it'll lower your performance, because the reader has to go to a different partition for the stuff
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    Steam on a RAM drive sure, aside from other normal drives, minor at best I would think. Makes defraging less of a concern etc.
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    I have all my data on my primary drive (145 gigs) and I only have like 14 gigs left.

    Loooool.
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    Alright. Thanks for the responses guys. :)
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