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Do you have to install games to your HDD?

#1BronxstaPosted 1/21/2013 12:28:11 PM
So I'm buying Splinter Cell Conviction but haven't got a hard drive yet and only 4 GBs of space, half of which is taken up by Trials Evolution

Is installing a retail game optional? I have a 360 S and can handle longer load times, etc. How exactly does installing help?
#2shagadelicPosted 1/21/2013 12:30:33 PM
Installing makes your system run quietly since the disc isn't spinning. Load times can be faster as well. You can play games without installing just fine.
#3TheBlueStigPosted 1/21/2013 1:06:00 PM
Installing means less wear and tear on the laser, faster load times, and a cooler running system.

Plus there's some things in some games that can't be done without a HDD.
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#4AbstraktProfSC2Posted 1/21/2013 1:07:40 PM
get yourself an HDD
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#5teehee23Posted 1/21/2013 1:10:21 PM
TheBlueStig posted...
Installing means less wear and tear on the laser, faster load times, and a cooler running system.

Plus there's some things in some games that can't be done without a HDD.


But installing games means your hd will likely fail sooner from more use.
It's a concern to me since I have 160 games downloaded and installed from XBLA and Games on Demand and it took 3 weeks to re-download them to my 320 gb HALO 4 360.
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#6TheBlueStigPosted 1/21/2013 2:31:03 PM
teehee23 posted...
TheBlueStig posted...
Installing means less wear and tear on the laser, faster load times, and a cooler running system.

Plus there's some things in some games that can't be done without a HDD.


But installing games means your hd will likely fail sooner from more use.
It's a concern to me since I have 160 games downloaded and installed from XBLA and Games on Demand and it took 3 weeks to re-download them to my 320 gb HALO 4 360.


Transfer cable, file & license transfer, done in a couple hours tops.

And it takes a few years of VERY heavy use to kill a HDD, it took me about 3 years to kill a Western Digital drive, but I was filling it and draining it completely at least once every other day for a full 2 years.
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#7glassghost0Posted 1/21/2013 2:33:14 PM
AbstraktProfSC2 posted...
get yourself an HDD


This, get one as soon as you can
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#8KillfaceDingoPosted 1/21/2013 2:35:47 PM
I've played over 160 games on my 360, never installed one of them.
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#9KillfaceDingoPosted 1/21/2013 2:38:23 PM
glassghost0 posted...
AbstraktProfSC2 posted...
get yourself an HDD


This, get one as soon as you can


I'd say get a usb flashdrive. Cheaper than an hdd
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#10TheBlueStigPosted 1/21/2013 2:39:48 PM
KillfaceDingo posted...
glassghost0 posted...
AbstraktProfSC2 posted...
get yourself an HDD


This, get one as soon as you can


I'd say get a usb flashdrive. Cheaper than an hdd


It may be cheaper, but it's also not able to do certain things that can only be done on a HDD.
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