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post #1 of 4 Old 02-20-2013, 11:14 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi,

I recently lent my HDD to a mate, so now I'm playing games off the disc itself.

My question is, does constantly playing games off the DVD directly, cause more than usual wear and tear of the console, particularly the DVD drive? rolleyes.gif

I must say it gets loud, and I'm just not used to this noise level. With the HDD, it just purrs quietly. I'm actually on my third console, so I don't want to cut down on it's shelf life... eek.gif
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Using anything will cause wear and tear. You've basically moved where that is taking place though. Instead of the HDD having the primary source of wear and tear, your DVD drive will be the one receiving it.

I wouldn't worry about it, I prefer to play from installed games though.... (or GoD)

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Thanks for the response!

Could I get some more feedback from other members? Thanks!
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You were already provided the answer. Obviously using a disc drive that spins a disc at a high RPM is going to wear out said disc drive faster than just using it very briefly to confirm that the disc is in your drive and then playing it from the hard drive.

And I imagine it's safe to assume that the disc drive is causing more heat generation internally than playing from the hard drive would. Particularly earlier model's like I assume your console is where the hard drive is externally mounted on the side of the console.

So since heat build up isn't the friend of electronics, I would imagine playing a game from the disc drive has more of a negative effect on the console in general than playing from the hard drive would. But as you've been told, hard drives also wear out with use.
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