WoW - Flash Drive or External HD?

Does anyone have any thoughts about running WoW from a flash drive? I have a Macbook Air that I am using primarily for work, and don't have enough space to install the software; I think you need something like 23 gb. Since I am rather new to the MMo thing, I would prefer to not commit to a new gaming computer quite yet.

Was contemplating using either a flash drive on the USB 3, or an SSD. What say you?

PlusOne wrote:

Does anyone have any thoughts about running WoW from a flash drive? I have a Macbook Air that I am using primarily for work, and don't have enough space to install the software; I think you need something like 23 gb. Since I am rather new to the MMo thing, I would prefer to not commit to a new gaming computer quite yet.

Was contemplating using either a flash drive on the USB 3, or an SSD. What say you?

Unsure about flash, but I've run WoW plenty on-the-go via USB 2.0 and never had an issue. Performed great.

WizardM0de wrote:

Unsure about flash, but I've run WoW plenty on-the-go via USB 2.0 and never had an issue. Performed great.

Thanks! I've been looking into different SSDs, but the speeds on the newer USB sticks have been making flash drives super tempting.

If your laptop has a port for eSata and you dont have USB 3.0 support, get an external HD that supports eSata and use that instead - much better bandwidth. Supposedly USB 3.0 is just as good provided you don't have a lot of other USB peripherals installed.
WoW itself is a pretty easy-to-please game - it just runs out of its folder no matter where you put it. No installation really needed. I've copied the WoW folder between PCs many times and never had an issue, and it just works.

kilanash wrote:

If your laptop has a port for eSata and you dont have USB 3.0 support, get an external HD that supports eSata and use that instead - much better bandwidth. Supposedly USB 3.0 is just as good provided you don't have a lot of other USB peripherals installed.
WoW itself is a pretty easy-to-please game - it just runs out of its folder no matter where you put it. No installation really needed. I've copied the WoW folder between PCs many times and never had an issue, and it just works.

I don't have a port for eSata, unfortunately. Ultimately, I opted for the Seagate Backup Plus. It has a pretty decent read/write speed, was 2TB for under $80, and supports USB 3.0.

I am not seeing any big functionality issues, other than a slightly longer loading time than that of my husbands; WoW is installed on his hard drive.

In any case, let's see how this works in the long run!

Use a network drive. Both of you can be playing off the same copy/install! (with separate accounts of course)

Yes, this is absolutely true =)