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How to Install Games on SSD

Updated by Daisy on Aug 11, 2021
Written by Jean

PC Gamers: Should I Install Games on HDD or SSD

Concern 1. Does it make any difference if I install games on an SSD or HDD?

Concern 2. If I install games on a solid state drive other than on a hard disk drive, will my fps or load times be faster?

Concern 3. I got a 1TB HDD that stores Windows, programs, and a few Steam games and I plan to purchase a 120GB SSD for all my games. Is it possible to move games from HDD to SSD without reinstalling again?

As you can see, these are some of the typical concerns from PC gamers. To install games on HDD or SSD really bothers a lot, because each type of drive holds merits. For example, a hard disk drive is traditionally large with capacity, and it's relatively cheap. The cost on a solid state drive might be extraordinarily high as the capacity grows, but the design of no moving parts make it perform faster and less noisy.

Still have no choice? Here I would persuade gamers to install games on SSD. In opinion, a solid state drive is well worth the cost for anyone running high-end hardware, as standard HDD storage is one of the slowest components in the loop; for game load times, generally, SSD results in faster load times (the data transfer speed of SSDs is over 400MB/s, which is significantly higher than that of HDDs' 170MB/s)across the board because of the drive's extremely low access time and latency, no hard drive grinding or files fragmentation issues. 

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Upgrade SSD for Games? How to Move Games from HDD to SSD

As soon as you determined to install games on SSD, hurry up to get one and put your games on it. Wait! I'm not talking a reinstallation of all your games, as we know that it's truly time-consuming to successfully download a game. Use EaseUS Todo Backup, the best disk cloning software ever, and it supports a single partition cloning. Just clone a partition where your games reside on to the newly purchased SSD, so you won't take the trouble to reinstall the games. You can start moving games from HDD to SSD now.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Clone".​

choose clone to clone hdd to ssd

Step 2. Choose the source disk you're going to clone. Here, choose the HDD. Click "Next".​

choose the hdd as the source disk

Step 3. Choose the destination disk. Here, choose the SSD. To largely improve the SSD performance after cloning, please do one more selection.

In "Advanced options", tick the option for "Optimize for SSD". Click "OK". Then click "Next".

choose ssd as destination disk

Step 4. Preview a disk layout and click "Proceed". It usually takes a while for the software to clone an HDD to an SSD depending on the size of the source disk. 

preview disk layout and click proceed
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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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