/*# sourceMappingURL=https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/chunkCSS/ReredditLink.f7b66a91705891e84a09.css.map*/While I use my PC's HD for WoW, I keep an updated back up install (with a complete set of AddOns and UI) on my external HD in the event of a HD meltdown or some other disaster. A s solid state drives have decreased in price over the last couple of years, more and more gamers are switching from traditional hard drives to SSDs in order to store their favorite games. Man, that's the one modern game you can easily just copy and paste. However, I need to keep the game on an external hard disk, or at least temporarily transfer it from the computer's drive to that disk frequently. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Hard link shell extension. They’re easy to install—simply plug them in with your USB or FireWire cable, and you’re ready to save files directly to the new external drive. If you’re using an external hard drive, plug it into a power source, if one is required, and then connect a cable to the USB port. ._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp{margin-bottom:24px;text-transform:uppercase;width:100%}._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp:last-child{margin-bottom:10px} I definitely suggest the external hard drive method. Not only is it not on your computer, which will make your dad happy, but you can then take the hard drive with you to play the game on any computer which is capable of playing … Once I bought an older SSD w a 3.0 USB connection - everything has gone exceptionally smoother. As others have said both WoW and the Battle.net app are happy to run off an external drive. I remember when it took me only 10 seconds to load Legion Dalaran on my HDD, then 7.1 dropped... Bought an SSD for games and WoW was the first game I tested. I remember it being so slow in vanilla that the famous "lag pit" in IF people would fall into all the time, becuse they would be running along, and computer would lag/not load and next thing you know, you fell off the side. Run the Memory Diagnostic Tool to fix any errors in your computer's physical memory. SSD's are basically what "dongles" are. You can just go on YouTube and look for instructions - it really is that easy. So I have an external hard drive and I want to put wow including burning crusade onto it to play. ._12xlue8dQ1odPw1J81FIGQ{display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle} but it would work. I have no clue when it comes to computers, I just like playing games! I have a 1 TB external I'm not putting to good use... and a 256gb SSD. You are better off using a hard drive as WoW can kill a USB flash drive due to write cycles. Back in the day, heavy addon use on a HDD took MINUTES to load. Wow crashes to desktop. If you are going to play off an external drive, try to use a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt HD as your load times will be faster. ._1x9diBHPBP-hL1JiwUwJ5J{font-size:14px;font-weight:500;line-height:18px;color:#ff585b;padding-left:3px;padding-right:24px}._2B0OHMLKb9TXNdd9g5Ere-,._1xKxnscCn2PjBiXhorZef4{height:16px;padding-right:4px;vertical-align:top}._1LLqoNXrOsaIkMtOuTBmO5{height:20px;padding-right:8px;vertical-align:bottom}.QB2Yrr8uihZVRhvwrKuMS{height:18px;padding-right:8px;vertical-align:top}._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0{font-size:14px;font-weight:500;line-height:18px;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)}._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._1LLqoNXrOsaIkMtOuTBmO5,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._2B0OHMLKb9TXNdd9g5Ere-,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._1xKxnscCn2PjBiXhorZef4,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 .QB2Yrr8uihZVRhvwrKuMS{fill:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)} literally. it would have very slow load times. 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Turn on the external drive, if it has a separate power switch. It worked fine for me. ._3Im6OD67aKo33nql4FpSp_{border:1px solid var(--newCommunityTheme-widgetColors-sidebarWidgetBorderColor);border-radius:5px 5px 4px 4px;overflow:visible;word-wrap:break-word;background-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-body);padding:12px}.lnK0-OzG7nLFydTWuXGcY{font-size:10px;font-weight:700;letter-spacing:.5px;line-height:12px;text-transform:uppercase;padding-bottom:4px;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-navIcon)} would be nice to see also the difference to an NVMe. Any external ssd solution is fine. Get a USB 3.0 HDD or SSD(smaller,less storage,faster,more expensive, less prone to drop damage.). .FIYolDqalszTnjjNfThfT{max-width:256px;white-space:normal;text-align:center} Can WoW be downloaded onto a storage drive so she can just hook it in and play when she wants to? Thinking about getting my sister into WoW because I live far away and rarely get to see her. Make sure the external SSD you buy has a 3.0 USB. People are complaining about an extra 49 SECONDS? ._1PeZajQI0Wm8P3B45yshR{fill:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)}._1PeZajQI0Wm8P3B45yshR._3axV0unm-cpsxoKWYwKh2x{fill:#ea0027} If you’re using a flash drive, insert it into the USB slot. Yes it will be possible to do this, the easiest way to do it would be to simply (re)install World of Warcraft making sure to opt for the "advanced" option rather than typical install. Chad Christian will show you step by step instructions on how to move or play games from an external drive from Steam, Origin, or Battlenet. Metal Gear Solid V, on a system SSD and I could not detect any difference in terms of lag or disruption. you can go into disk management and create a virtual hard drive on the NAS and put wow in it. I want to buy an external hard drive to play my games from. I know she enjoys video games and that we would have fun playing but she doesn't have a lot of space on her Mac Air. 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