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Cris_Z

It's not necessary, but SSDs are considerably faster, so your system will be slower. Maybe not extremely slow, but still, it's just how it works


da_kink

Steam can definitely use folders on different hard drives to download games. https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-change-game-download-location-steam/ tells you how. Now, if it'll work between Linux and windows... That's a different story.


Willexterminator

Also, if you use the unofficial flatpak, you must add the necessary filesystem permissions to your drive. This can be done easily via flatseal.


TwilightPony

linux doesn't care you are dual booting, and it doesn't care if you are on hdd or ssd hdd speed will however be fealt in any operating system (linux will seam slow) In regards to your actual problem, steam on linux will complain if you try to use a ntfs partition to store games under linux (permissions on ntfs under linux is bad) If you can, make an ext partition for the games you use under linux


ColorSplit_CC

Linux will run fine on a HDD, but much better on an SSD, I used to have a dual boot with windows on my HDD and it was much faster than Windows on the same HDD, but linux on my new SSD is even faster. If load times are important to you I would use the SSD


INITMalcanis

You don't *have* to put your Linux install on an SSD, but it sure will be a lot faster if you do


Zero_Karma_Guy

Linux doesn't care where it lives on, in general, but some storage methods like SD cards are not great because they die quickly and performance can take a hit. Loads of Linux systems exist on single spinning disks or hardware or software spinning disk raids. Most tasks don't care what the disk speed is. It's always recommended if you get 10Gbe or higher networking to run SSDs or a good Cached raid where large chunks of data will be written just because if you don't have the speed to write it to disk you can't really use your connection to it's fullest.


TheUnknownONCE

No, it's not necessary to put Linux on your SSD. Recommended, yes, but not required. Your issue might be because your OS installed a flatpak version of Steam, which sometimes has the habit of not finding certain folders or drives. I had this issue on Pop OS. I uninstalled the OS supplied version and went to Steam's own website and downloaded and installed their version. Problem was solved after that.


d3vilguard

It is necessary. Running any OS on 2022 off of a SSD is necessary. Games can be made to run from other storage medias in steam, you just need to google it. Then again I will never recommend using a HDD for gaming under Linux. With us using a translation layer games benefit with fast storage. Make a partition for the Linux games on the HDD. Don't use NTFS if you want any decent performance. Google how to set the mounting up. Then see what u/da_kink has posted.


ContractOver

it's not necessary to install any os on an ssd yes they are a lot faster but never necessary


taylofox

>‎No ‎‎tiene que‎‎ poner su instalación de Linux en un SSD, pero seguro que será mucho más rápido si lo hace.‎ hdd is obsolete to main device...


androidguy52

You gotta make library folders in other HDDs u want to use in Steam, then ull b able to install games other places. Or wym


bp019337

Nah whilst it depends on the distro I think that most of them have less to load than Windows. It does impact swapping a lot, just Windows "cheats" much better when swapping. The main thing I wish Linux would borrow from Windows is how it swaps. But both OS have a huge impact when replacing a traditional "rust" spinning disk with a SSD. Its the first thing I do when getting a second hand thinkpad. If you got plenty of ram and enough CPU then it might be worth ditching the swap file/partition and using zram. zram is virtual swap in memory where it compresses it instead. Unlike turning on memory compression it only kicks in when needed and obeys all the swap configs. If you are running a Debian variant (i.e. Ubuntu and its variants) then its easy enough to test out. `apt install zram-config` Edit /etc/fstab Comment out any lines with swap in it. Reboot. Then you will see something like: `free -m` `total used free shared buff/cache available` `Mem: 31665 2963 22102 125 6599 28315` `Swap: 15832 0 15832` `swapon` `NAME TYPE SIZE USED PRIO` `/dev/zram0 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram1 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram2 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram3 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram4 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram5 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram6 partition 2G 0B 5` `/dev/zram7 partition 2G 0B 5` Note that at this time no actual memory or CPU is being consumed by zram as no swap is being used. One benefit of using zram with SSD is it lowers the wear on disk as swapping is write heavy.


AJ-Leija

I installed Linux literally last night on my hdd to give it a chance and it was okay but i feel it a little bit "laggy" or slow, so i decided to install it on my ssd and wow! it feels smoothly (using Pop OS!)


EuCaue

Believe me, SSD on linux make things pretty faster than an HDD, but your steam not downloading in another hard drives is strange, you're using flatpak version of steam? If yes, try to install a native version for your distro... Btw, your HDD from games is in ext4?


sy029

>there is no option to download my steam games on my other hard drives. You just need to mount the hard drives in linux, and then add a steam library on them.


taylofox

Obviously it is necessary, what do you think will magically work well on a hdd? every current system requires modern devices in its hardware, this includes ssd. That thing about linux moving well on a hdd is a myth because it doesn't increase reading speeds or transfers, the boot time in classic distros easily exceeds a minute or two, therefore the daemons in the background are also loaded more slow. Obviously linux needs an ssd yes or yes.


KFCBUCKETS9000

I'd like to get rid of windows, then my problem would be fixed. But I'm still learning Linux at my own pace.