Considering FSX install to External Drive, possible?
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    Considering FSX install to External Drive, possible?

    I've done a few dozen searches for anyone talking of putting FSX on an external hard drive and failed to find much, though found quite a few threads talking about the boot up performance gains of applying FSX to an SSD drive.

    Currently I have FSX-SE installed on my internal 2TB HDD, partitioned to have 300GB dedicated to FSX-SE. With the continuous releases by Orbx of their great looking scenery, that HDD partition is running out of space quickly. I ultimately want to have a 2TB SSD internally, but seeing some of the comments regarding SSD's limited shelf life and chance for recovery if it fails, non-existant, I am considering placing FSX-SE on an external 1TB HHD.

    So, I come to my band of subject matter experts and ask if I can feasibly run FSX externally, with success or should it be on an internal HDD only? Also, what is the realistic chance of the SSD truly failing, as I like the access speed potential of the SSD while flying and perhaps just store my install files on a traditional mechanical HHD.

    Thanks for always helping those in pause....

    Also, wasn't sure which was the right thread to post. My apologies moderators if in the wrong forum.
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

    CPU: i9 7900X @3.30GHz water-cooled
    GPU: Nvidia 1080 GTX x 2 SLI configured
    RAM: 32GB DDR4@2666 Mhz
    HDD: 512GB SSD for Boot OS, 2TB SSD for flight sims, 2 TB 7200 RPM for all other stuff
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    The advice I have read is not to put FSX on an external drive due to HDD speed issues.

    I think the ideal solution is to put the core FSX files onto an SSD and then use a symbolic
    link to keep all the addon scenery files on another HDD.
    In this way, the speed of the SSD is made best use of without the expense of a very large SSD.
    It is a fact that while scenery is initially loaded faster into FSX with an SSD, there is no perceptible advantage to using an SSD thereafter.

    I cannot see the eye-watering price of a 2TB SSD ever being justified by the saving of a few moments while FSX loads scenery.

    Using a utility like the Scenery Config Editor, Simstarter and so on to limit the amount of scenery loaded to what is required
    for the flight in question will save far more time and cost absolutely nothing.

    If you don't have an SSD at all at present, the best use of it would be to use it for your operating system which will transform
    your whole PC.

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    Data transfer rates on external drives is far less than internal drives, so loading of the sim will be slow as will texture loading. That means a long pause every time FSX loads fresh scenery while flying.
    My computer:Win XP 32 Home SP3, Q9650 @ 3.6 GHz, 4GB DDR2-800 RAM @ 800 MHz, EVGA Nvidia 560Ti-SOC-1GB

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    Gents, thank you both for your replies. I just looked at my HDD specs and I do NOT have a 2TB HDD, but rather a 1.2 TB mechanical HDD. I am reconsidering changing my internal to a 2TB hybrid, trying to get the largest SSD combo and hoping I can then place FSX in it's entirety on the SSD and all other OS and associated files on the mechanical side. Is this a bridge too far concept, allowing maximum access speed for FSX, while still maintaining all on one HDD?
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

    CPU: i9 7900X @3.30GHz water-cooled
    GPU: Nvidia 1080 GTX x 2 SLI configured
    RAM: 32GB DDR4@2666 Mhz
    HDD: 512GB SSD for Boot OS, 2TB SSD for flight sims, 2 TB 7200 RPM for all other stuff
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    HOTAS: TM Warthog and Saitek Combat Pilot Rudder pedals
    VR: Occulus Rift

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    I have heard some disparaging remarks regarding hybrid drives. The SSD portion of most hybrid drives is pretty small, so your OS will likely use most, if not all, of the SSD space, leaving FSX and scenery to run from the HD space. Most people feel that having the OS and FSX on the same SSD and scenery files on a fast, internal HD is a reasonable compromise.
    My computer:Win XP 32 Home SP3, Q9650 @ 3.6 GHz, 4GB DDR2-800 RAM @ 800 MHz, EVGA Nvidia 560Ti-SOC-1GB

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    Searching the various webstores for 2TB SSD shows some Samsung EVO's for about $600. It's still a bit high in price, but give another 6 months, maybe down to $450'ish. I'll hold off a bit, as I see SSD as the best option, but SSD for entire system not just FSX or the OS.

    Thanks for the advice gents. Always a pleasure getting competent advice from a well versed team.
    ....my other Stryker is a 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.....

    Matt

    CPU: i9 7900X @3.30GHz water-cooled
    GPU: Nvidia 1080 GTX x 2 SLI configured
    RAM: 32GB DDR4@2666 Mhz
    HDD: 512GB SSD for Boot OS, 2TB SSD for flight sims, 2 TB 7200 RPM for all other stuff
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    HOTAS: TM Warthog and Saitek Combat Pilot Rudder pedals
    VR: Occulus Rift

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    HD's are still really good storage devices for documents, videos and pictures. For simplicity, a single, huge SSD is convenient, but for practical purposes, a smaller SSD for the OS and FSX and a HD for everything else is a really good compromise.
    My computer:Win XP 32 Home SP3, Q9650 @ 3.6 GHz, 4GB DDR2-800 RAM @ 800 MHz, EVGA Nvidia 560Ti-SOC-1GB

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