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Old 02-07-2005, 03:24 PM   #1
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PC titles are moving more and more to DVD media, which seems to be a good thing.

So if you had a choice (all other functionality being equal), which of the following two install types would you prefer:

1) Full HD Install. All media is copied to hard drive. Overall access speeds are excellent. However, you have a large chunk of your hard drive allocated to this game. DVD is still required for copy protection verification.

2) Minimum Install. Game installs executable and necessary support files (DirectX, et al.) only. All other media (except for mods) pulled from DVD. HD space used only for patches, save games and mods. Level loads and the like are 1-2 seconds slower.

Pick your poison...
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Old 02-07-2005, 04:31 PM   #2
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I would choose 1, but mostly because I'm not quite sure if reading from the DVD so many times to load game content might increase the chances of the DVD getting scratched or something.
But if the risks to the DVD were the same as in 1, then I would definitely prefer saving some HD space [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 02-07-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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I would also go with #1 as I have a 160GB Hard Drive so I don't really have to worry to much about how much space programs use. I also like to have everything installed because it's faster and the computer doesnt have to read off of the CD/DVD as much as if you were going to do a minimum install.
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:20 PM   #4
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I would probably pick the first option, although I would really like to see #2 being executed successfully (similar to what console games do - Halo 2 is my favorite example there because it doesn't have any load screens beyond that initial one).
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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I choose number one also, that is why i have seven games installed and am using 70GB of my hard drive. BUT! you also have to consider hard drive speed, I have been blessed with fast and moderately quiet hard drives but if you want the super fast 100,000,000,001 RPM you have to sacrifice size.
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Old 02-08-2005, 03:47 AM   #6
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Full Install but with options to uninstall componants at a later date whilst leaving certain features playable.
For example, installed HL2, played through the SP 4 times, unlikely to do it again but would be happy to leave CS:S on the machine whilst removing the HL2 SP files. Same goes for tribes vengeance, would like to leave the MP playable and remove the bazillion gigs of SP data.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:46 PM   #7
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Definitley number one, as disk scratches etc makes disk reading get worse.

Not that I don't take good care of my disks mind you. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Old 02-09-2005, 02:00 PM   #8
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If I need the DVD in the drive anyways, I want to use as little hard drive space as possible. (But using hard drive space is preferred to disc swaps.)
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Old 02-09-2005, 04:26 PM   #9
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Hard drive space has never been more plentiful. I say Full install is my preferred type. I don't like (this is mostly with applications not games) to go turn on a feature and then have to search for the disk. Then again, if the disk is required to play the game, then it's a moot point anyway.
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:41 PM   #10
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I already casted my vote but here is an example of only installing half the content. Those of you who use Microsoft Works know that if you only install the core files, when you are making a document and you decide to add clip art, you have to put the disk in to get access to the clip art and I think thats annoying when you have to go and put the CD in unless you did the full install which would have all the clip art and other things on your hard drive without using the disk.
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Old 02-09-2005, 06:09 PM   #11
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But option 1 still uses the DVD for the disk check thing, so either way you still need the DVD in the drive.

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Old 02-09-2005, 07:54 PM   #12
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It doesn't need to check the disk as often as it does if you only install half of the content for the program so some people who have slower CDROM/DVDROM Drives can benefit from this.
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Old 02-10-2005, 01:06 AM   #13
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#1, I dont think they make anything lower than 80gb now. and only cheap computers dont have a DVD and those dont have Video card to run games. So I think is a Safe bet for DVD, and Full install
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Old 02-10-2005, 07:22 AM   #14
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Hard Drive Installations are much better for Speed and Modding.
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Old 02-10-2005, 12:42 PM   #15
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With any game I play, I choose Full Install without a hesitation. Hard drive space is cheap these days and the game runs faster. Having any kind of delay in games takes me out of the zone.

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Old 02-13-2005, 06:09 AM   #16
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Full hd install.
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:01 PM   #17
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Full hardware install.
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