- 01 Guide 1: How to Move Games to Another Drive
- 02 Guide 2: How to Move Games to SSD
- 03 Guide 3: Move Games from C Drive to D Drive
- 04 Guide 4: Transfer and Play Windows 10 Games on Windows 11
- 05 Guide 5: Transfer Games to a New (Gaming) Computer
- 06 Bonus Tip 1: Copy Games from PC to USB
- 07 Bonus Tip 2: Move Steam Games to New Drive
- 08 Bonus Tip 3: Transfer Playstation Games to External Hard Drive
- 09 Bonus Tip 4: Move Blizzard Games to Another Drive or PC
- 10 Bonus Tip 5: Move Riot Games to Another Drive or PC
- 11 Bonus Tip 6: Move Epic Games to Another Drive or PC
- 12 Bonus Tip 7: Move Origin Games to Another Drive/PC
In setting up or upgrading a Gaming PC, 4 essential factors heavily affect the gaming experience: GPU/CPU, RAM Memory, Graphic Card, and the Gaming Disk. Suppose that you've got a compiling gaming PC with a powerful gaming CPU, a super fact graphic card, the correct amount of memory car, and even the just right motherboard. You've come to the last step - picking up a qualified disk.
While selecting a gaming disk, here are two factors that you need to consider:
- How much budget do you have left for the disk - HDD or SSD?
- Does disk speed matter for gaming?
To make it clearer for you, continue reading, and you'll get answers to all these questions in your mind here.
In this article, you'll learn:
- HDD vs. SSD, Which Disk to Pick for Gaming
- Does SSD Speed Matter for Gaming? Which SSD to Pick, SATA, M.2, or NVMe
- How to Add and Install SSD for Gaming
Here we'll compare HDD and SSD to help you quickly understand which is better for gaming with the following factors:
|Comparison||HDD||SATA SSD||M.2 SSD||NVMe SSD|
|Read Speed||80-160 MB/S||550 MB/S||
|Write Speed||80-160 MB/S||520 MB/S||
According to this comparison table, it's clear that SSDs are much faster than HDDs in both reading and writing data. Also, the price for HDD and SSDs is not much different in 250GB and 1TB storage capacities.
According to most PC game lovers, we also get this conclusion that is comparing HDD and SSD as their OS disk in Gaming PC that SSDs are:
- Faster in OS boot time.
- Faster in loading games.
- Smoother in gameplay.
So, we suggest that you pick SSD for a Gaming PC for its faster and more reliable. Share this article and let more users know that they should choose HDD or SSD for gaming.
You may also want to know the differences among SATA, M.2, and NVMe SSDs, right? Let's list them here again to help you see the differences more clearly.
Check the comparison table, and we can see the major differences among these three types of SSDs:
|SSDs||Read Speed||Write Speed||Price|
|SATA||550 MB/S||520 MB/S||
With higher prices in M.2 and NVMe SSDs, M.2 and NVMe SSD with PICe connectors are even faster than the SATA SSD. Besides, you can see more differences between AHCI and NVMe.
So, what are the advantages of NVMe SSD over AHCI mode SSD? Should you upgrade from AHCI SSD to NVMe SSD?
So will they be the difference while loading games? Here is an example of a gaming benchmark test over 120 SSDs from TweakTown, check the image here:
From Tweaktown, Best SSD For Gaming: Over 120 SSDs Tested
From the test, you can see that there is a difference between SATA and NVMe/M.2 PICe SSDs. 3/4 of the charts are PICe SSDs, and the actual difference in game loading times is within 3 seconds.
Also, from a test of Linus Tech Tips, gamers and geeks see clear differences while loading games, but they didn't see much difference while playing games and witching maps. Here is their test video, and let's take a view:
From Linus Tech Tips, Does a Faster SSD Mater for Games?
Summary: According to the comparison table, Tweektown and Linus Tech Tips' tests, there an obvious that M.2/NVMe with PICe connectors are faster in booting PC and loading games than SATA SSD. However, there's no big difference when it comes to the gaming experience. Players can barely feel the slight changes.
So, does SSD speed matter for gaming?
- For yes, it is because faster SSDs perform better in booting PC and loading games.
- For no, the reason is that while playing games, the smoothness and FPS don't change much on SATA, M.2, and NVMe SSDs.
How to Pick the Right SSD for Gaming? Take these three factors into consideration, and you'll know which type of SSDs suits you the most:
- For large file transfer, video editing, take PICe SSDs.
- For a single drive with a big capacity, take M.2 PICe SSD.
- For the most reasonable price per amount of storage with a limited budget, take SATA SSD.
Extended Reading: Is RAID 0 SSD Worth It for Gaming
So now you've got an ideal SSD for gaming, it's time to set it up on your gaming PC. We'll guide you through this here in this part.
Following here is the complete process that you can directly try on your computer:
#1. Install SATA/PICe SSD to PC
Step 1. Remove the gaming PC case with a screwdriver.
Step 2. Connect the SSD to PC:
If it's an SATA SSD, plug the SATA-power cable between your SSD and motherboard on your computer.
If it's a PICe M.2/NVMe SSD, locate the SSD lost, remove the mounted screws, push the SSD into the slot, and secure the SSD with screws.
After this, close the computer case and restart your PC.
#2. Initialize SSD
Once you install the SSD, you need to open Disk Management and initialize the SSD in this way:
Step 1. Press Windows + R keys, type diskmgmt.msc, and hit Enter to open disk Management.
Step 2. Locate and right-click on the SSD, select "Initialize Disk" and set "GPT" or "MBR" as the disk type.
Note that your new SSD should share the same disk type as the OS drive.
Once done, it's time that you transfer OS from the old disk to the new SSD on your gaming computer.
#3. Migrate OS from Old Disk to New SSD
To ensure that you enjoy a smooth gaming experience on your PC, you need to transfer the OS and games to a new SSD.
EaseUS Partition Master with its Migrate OS feature can fully help you out.
Here is how to do so:
Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:
- Run EaseUS Partition Master, and select "Clone" from the left menu.
- Check "Migrate OS" and click "Next".
- Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".
- Check Warning: the data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.
- Then click "Yes".
- Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.
- After this, click "Reboot Now" or "Done" to determine if you want to reboot the computer from the new disk immediately.
"Reboot Now" means to keep the changes instantly, while "Done" means you need to restart the computer later manually.
Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.
After migrating OS and games to the new disk, you still need to configure the disk as a boot drive, as shown in the next.
#4. Set New SSD as Boot Drive
Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F8/F11 or Del key to enter BIOS.
Step 2. Go to the Boot menu, set the new SSD with migrated OS and games as the boot drive at the BIOS Boot Priority section.
Step 3. Save the changes and restart the PC.
#5. Enjoy Gaming on New SSD
After the PC boots up, you can now enjoy a new SSD with faster OS booting speed and faster loading speed while gaming. However, it's not the end yet. Here we have some tips to help you optimize your gaming experience even better:
1. Extend C Drive, Leaving Enough Space for Gaming
It's essential that you leave big enough space for gaming with the new SSD on your gaming PC. EaseUS Partition Master can help you flexibly extend the C drive with its partition management features.
Here is how to extend C drive:
Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space
- 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
- 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK".
- 3. Click "Execute Task" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.
Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space
- 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
- 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
- 3. Click "Execute Task", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.
0:00-0:26 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:27-0:58 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.
2. Moving Big Folders and Files to a Second Drive
It's always smart to save and move big folders/files to a second drive instead of the OS drive. You can manually move it or turn to reliable PC transfer software for help.
EaseUS Todo PCTrans, with its Large File Cleanup feature, can efficiently detect and move big files and folders from one drive to another for you. For a step-by-step guide, you may refer to How to Move Large Files from One Drive to Another.
3. Frequent Virus Scanning and Removal Is Necessary
Keeping the gaming PC and drives clean of viruses and malware is highly important. So aside from enabling the Windows Virus Defender, it's also a smart choice that you run antivirus frequently.
Avg, Avire, Avast, Norton, or ECet are all renowned antivirus software you can trust and rely on.
In The End
On this page, we compared HDD with three types of SSDs, and it's clear that selecting SSD as the gaming PC OS disk is a wise choice.
Also, we compared SATA SSD, M.2 SSD, and NVMe SSD with different angels and displayed two tests running by TweakTown and Linus Tech Tips to prove that the SSD speed doesn't matter while gaming. However, SSD still surpasses HDD in many aspects, such as reading and writing data, loading games, booting OS, etc. Therefore, if you plan to select a disk for a gaming PC with enough budget, always pick SSD.
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Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.
Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.
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