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I play a lot of World of Warcraft (WoW) and i recently saw some videos of HDD vs. SSD and i was amazed by the loading speeds for World of Warcraft, so i decided to buy an SSD just for WoW. I'm planning on buying an 128GB SSD from Corsair (Money is no concern) ( http://www.corsair.com/us/ssd/neutron-series-ssd/neutron-series-128gb-sata-3-6gbs-ssd.html ) I was just gonna use the SSD for WoW and my HDD for the rest of my other programs. WoW is 31GB from what i remember when i downloaded it and i wanted to get a 128GB SSD for future content because its such a big game. When i install my SSD will i have to re-download WoW onto my SSD or could i just drag and drop files into the SSD? Is it that easy or am i missing something here?

Thank you.
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  1. Grogar123 said:
    I play a lot of World of Warcraft and i recently saw some videos of HDD vs. SSD and i was amazed by the loading speeds for World of Warcraft so i decided to buy a SSD just for WoW. I was gonna buy a or 64gb ( http://www.corsair.com/us/ssd/neutron-series-ssd/neutron-series-64gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd.html )


    what the question?
  2. If you don't have one, just about any SSD is going to improve your load speeds. I'm not sure I'd pay the Corsair premium and get the 64GB at $90+. Most 64GB SSDs are close to the $60 mark these days.

    I'm seeing most 120GB drives under $100 these days and some 240GB and 250GB drives at $150-$200.

    Here's a Samsung Evo 120GB driver for $90:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147247

    How much do you want to spend on an SSD?
  3. Sorry i accidentally published earlier but i updated it.
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    You should reinstall to avoid any problems. It's always easier to start fresh than to hunt down random bugs.
  5. ubercake said:
    If you don't have one, just about any SSD is going to improve your load speeds. I'm not sure I'd pay the Corsair premium and get the 64GB at $90+. Most 64GB SSDs are close to the $60 mark these days.

    I'm seeing most 120GB drives under $100 these days and some 240GB and 250GB drives at $150-$200.

    Here's a Samsung Evo 120GB driver for $90:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147247

    How much do you want to spend on an SSD?


    Oh ok thank you i might go ahead with this SSD then. thanks!
  6. ThatVietGuy said:
    You should reinstall to avoid any problems. It's always easier to start fresh than to hunt down random bugs.


    Would i have to uninstall from my HDD?
  7. No, you can remove that later.
  8. ThatVietGuy said:
    No, you can remove that later.


    Ok thank you so much!
  9. Ok. I like the price of that neutron drive much better. But you should consider the Samsung I linked as it is still cheaper right now ($40 less!).

    Either way you'll definitely notice a difference.

    You will have to re-install WoW if it's not currently on its own drive.
  10. Few points:
    1) The SSD won't make much difference aside from the LOAD times. As long as you realize that.

    2) The Samsung 840 EVO is the best choice IMO. It also comes with Samsung Magician software that easily allows upgrading the firmware etc.

    3) You need to OVERPROVISION the SSD (Samsung Magician can do that). You'll have at most 95GB left.

    4) ?? All4Me is mentioning a USB Flash Drive. Ignore that. You don't run games from flash drives. They wear out quicker and don't have the same wear leveling correction. I'm surprised someone even recommended that.

    Even if they were, the ones listed here are no-name brands with about 9-22MB/second read speeds which are way, way below SSD speeds (The EVO is up to 550MB/second or so). They also cost $60 for a 128GB model and you can get a good SSD for about $90. Makes no sense at all.

    5) As said, you need to UNINSTALL, then REINSTALL the game while manually choosing the location (the SSD). That's probably going to take a while, especially if there's a lot of updates that need to be downloaded. Your GAME SAVES should be all online though.

    6) STEAM GAMES:
    You can create a 2nd Steam folder for games that do benefit from fast load times (any game like Skyrim with frequent loads due to map points, or entering buildings etc).

    In STEAM, you can move games between folders (BACKUP, Delete Local Content, then RESTORE but choose the 2nd Steam folder on the SSD).

    *You may wish to get a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO instead if you have a few more games you'd like to add from Steam or other that would benefit. In that case, I'd make two folders:
    a) E:\Games, and
    b) E:\Steam2

    Install WOW into the first one.

    **After overprovisioning which leaves roughly 92GB of usable space, you'll have about 61GB left after WOW. Most games use closer to 10GB though so you might have room for several more games. Again, just for ones that need it. STEAM is so easy to MOVE games so you can just have the ones on the SSD that you're currently playing.
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