Do you install all of your games to hard drive?

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#1 Posted by ElNeebre (136 posts) -

I just noticed that my 360 Slim is down to 90GB after installing nearly every game I own.

I haven't really noticed any load time changes, but it's definitely a LOT quieter than playing without installing.

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#2 Posted by SadPatrol (530 posts) -

When I remember I do

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#3 Posted by pyromagnestir (4453 posts) -

I install it when I start it and remove it once I beat it.

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#4 Posted by invadernick (282 posts) -

Yeap I make it a point to install everything before I play a game.

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#5 Posted by Ben_H (3938 posts) -

Nope, I only have a 20GB drive so I can't really. I might delete a bunch of stuff and install Forza though. My Xbox has lasted since 2007.

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#6 Posted by Commisar123 (1950 posts) -

I usually do, it makes them perform better

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#7 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6421 posts) -

I do it for the games I am currently playing.

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#8 Posted by Jrinswand (1745 posts) -

I tend to install whatever few games I'm currently playing and then delete the ones I'm not. But then again, I only have a 60gb hard drive. I had to go through and delete a bunch of games from it the other day. I wouldn't have believed that hard drives could fill up so quickly, but game installs will really eat away at your storage space.

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#9 Posted by punisherkaos (336 posts) -

Everytime I do the games always freeze. Then I uninstall and their fine :(

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#10 Posted by Nux (2759 posts) -

Nope. I don't really see a reason to as I have never really had any problems with load times.

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#11 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

Yeah, I still have like 70 gbs left.

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#12 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

Yes. My xbox is loud as hell otherwise.

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#13 Edited by louiedog (2389 posts) -

I have 4 or 5 disc games installed right now. All of them I'm either playing or plan to come back to in the near future. I have to delete something before I can install another one because I've only got 5 GB free on my 250 GB drive. If Microsoft let us use 500 GB - 1 TB off the shelf drives I'd keep all of my games installed.

With the exception of a handful of short (~30 min) sessions, I've never played a game off the disc since they implemented the installation feature.

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#14 Posted by Sjupp (1948 posts) -

I actually never do that. Maybe I should? Though I rarely use my 360.

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#15 Posted by Redbullet685 (6453 posts) -

Hell no. I only have a 20 gig hard drive.

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#16 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

I only install the games I'm actively playing.

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#17 Posted by Vextroid (1538 posts) -

Nope. Rockin' a 20GB HDD.

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#18 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Yeah. Games almost always perform better/faster. I have the 320 GB so space is not an issue.

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#19 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

I do. Games load faster and system is quieter.

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#20 Posted by TheIronYuppie (124 posts) -

Absolutely. Better load times and the quiet are just bonuses, I do it because I live in perpetual fear of my box Red Ringing. Anything I can do to reduce power draw and/or heat I am all for.

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#21 Posted by NTM (9807 posts) -

Yes, the game or games I'm playing at the time I install, and all the games I stop playing, I uninstall.

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#22 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

Definetly. If you have the space why not do it? Sure you wait 5 minutes or whatever but in most cases it is totally worth it.

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#23 Posted by TheGamerGeek (2885 posts) -

I do when I realize my 360 is eating my disk.

And burping at the same time...

It's loud is what I'm saying.

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#24 Posted by Robot_Sneakers (418 posts) -

I usually install my games as soon as I open them, and then when I need space I'll go through and delete any I don't play as much.

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#25 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

@Godlyawesomeguy said:

I do it for the games I am currently playing.

Same thing for me.

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#26 Posted by sickVisionz (1307 posts) -

@ElNeebre said:

I haven't really noticed any load time changes

Which is why I don't install games. It seems like a waste of time and HDD space. When they first added it, I tried on a couple of games I didn't notice a change in loading. If there was one, it must have been like shaving 1 or 2 seconds. I did notice the 7+ minutes it took to install though.

As far as loudness, I live alone and purchased a nice sound setup so that I don't have to play my games at whisper levels. I never notice the 360 over the sound of the game audio.

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#27 Posted by mlarrabee (3850 posts) -

Always. When installed, the thing is quieter than my disk-less PS3, and the more strain I can transfer from CD-ROM to HDD, the better.

By the by, there's a pretty helpful thread I've used to determine which games should/not be installed. It's a short list, but I've referred to it several times throughout the few years installation has been an option.

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#28 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

Yeah. I usually wont play a game unless I have it installed.

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#29 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1548 posts) -

Yep. Mostly for sound/vibration purposes. I have my 360 on my desk and when there's a disc spinning the vibration gets quite annoying.

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#30 Posted by Dimsey (1122 posts) -

Nope. I look at load times as small breaks so I don't really mind them being a little lengthy as as far as console noise goes I usually have my TV up loud enough that I can't hear it, so not a factor. 

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#31 Posted by bybeach (5670 posts) -

I tend to for the AAA big demanding games. Shadows of the damned ran fine off the disc(and I really enjoyed that games despite some fustrations..and I have a little bit to finish..heh) But Halo Reach got the HD treatemant. I wasn't going to screw around. So did Gears of War 3..but I still think fondly of my GoW 1 on the PC. That was pretty neat.

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#32 Posted by NMC2008 (1248 posts) -

Only the ones I plan on playing, some games I keep installed just in case I want to play all of a sudden(Lips, Guitar Heros, DJ Heros, Sonic Generations, Sonic Unleashed, Beautiful Katamari, Burnout Revenge).

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#33 Posted by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

I install everything before I play it, I can't stand the 360 when it's being super loud.

I should look into getting a slim, I suppose.

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#34 Posted by mrcraggle (2876 posts) -

Usually. It helps with things other than load times like texture buffering. It was pretty much mandatory for something like Mass Effect or Mirror's Edge or maybe other games with M & E.

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#35 Posted by louiedog (2389 posts) -

Everyone keeps mentioning noise and load times. For me it's wear and tear. The optical drive in my original Xbox died. My roommate's 360's drive died a few weeks after his warranty expired. Luckily it red ringed shortly after so he didn't have to pay for a repair. Two other friends have had theirs die as well. The less stress that I can put on my drive the better.

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#36 Posted by sashimi_biscut (100 posts) -

I have a slim and I try to install every new game I get. I do notice a difference in the load speed and sometimes better performance. The only one I had to uninstall was skyrim, because of the texture bug.

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#37 Posted by YOUNGLINK (637 posts) -

My 20 gig launch 360 needs all the help it can get so YES, always be installing ALWAYS!

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#38 Posted by Justin258 (14374 posts) -

Yes, I install new games when I get them and delete the games that I currently feel no need to play. I do it mostly for noise purposes, though the damn thing just sounds like a quieter jet engine now, and to make the disc drive last longer. And just because, why not? I can shave a few seconds off of load times and it doesn't cost me a dime.

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#39 Posted by Lemmycaution217 (1802 posts) -

I usually only install the game I am currently playing because I barely have any space on my 120GB HDD. I blame Rock Band.

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#40 Posted by LukeyBaby93 (17 posts) -

When I'm playing the game I do but as soon as I stop playing it I uninstall it to free up space for the next game that I start to play.

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#41 Posted by Morningstar (2375 posts) -

Why of course.

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#42 Posted by razkazz (182 posts) -

I install whatever I'm playing at the moment, mainly because otherwise the framerate is noticeably worse.

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#43 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1190 posts) -

No. I'm patient enough to wait through load screens and I can ignore the sounds of the disc.

And besides, the download sizes for games is ridiculous some times! Gears 3 is like 9 gb. Sure not all games are that huge, but I own around 30 retail games and 20 arcade games or something, so I can't spare the space of installing all of my retail games.

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#44 Posted by Kiro (286 posts) -

I honestly see no reason not to install games.

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#45 Posted by zidd (1931 posts) -


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#46 Posted by MideonNViscera (2269 posts) -

Yeah, always. I have a 320 gig hard drive, so why not. Now that I've been doing it for years it's really annoying to listen to an uninstalled disc.

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#47 Posted by Quarters (2592 posts) -

I have the old 20 GB or whatever, so I can't do that for crap, unless I just want to clear out all DLC in order to install something. It's a major pain. It is nice when stuff is installed though. Much smoother all around.

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#48 Posted by Dagbiker (7041 posts) -

No, very rarely do i ever install games to my hard drive. I have one of the early 20gig units, actually now that im thinking about it i have skyrim installed, and i just bought skyrim for the pc. so i can uninstall that.

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#49 Posted by Canteu (2968 posts) -


The 360 disk drive is a rickety piece of shit, so the less I run it, the better.

Also, pretty much every game loads faster while installed.

There's really no reason not to install to HDD.

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#50 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I've never installed a game to my 360.

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