Problem

Not really a problem, but moreso a quandary, based partially in personal preference and more importantly in the support of the game, application, and launcher manufacturers.

Solution

What drive letter should the Games drive be assigned to?

The decision is yours as far as what drive letter the games drive should be assigned to.

With that said, please refer to "ggRock Machines Have Incorrect Drive Letter for Games Image" for further information that could influence your decision.

How should the Games drive be laid out?

The decision on how to structure your games drive is yours.

In general, it is recommended to follow a logical layout based on purpose such as:

  • G:\Games

    • A directory where games will be installed, in general with a sub-folder for each game (e.g. G:\Games\Rocket League)

  • G:\Launchers

    • A directory where launchers will be installed, in general with a sub-folder for each Launcher (e.g. G:\Launchers\Steam)

  • G:\Utilities

    • A directory where any miscellaneous utilities such as QRes might be stored.

  • G:\Applications

    • A directory where applications might be installed, in general with a sub-folder for each application (e.g. G:\Applications\OBS Studio).

NOTE:

Some applications such as Google Chrome or Discord (and by extension some games) may not support installation to a separate drive letter. It is not recommended to work around this using hardlinks or junction points, rather it is recommended to install these applications to the C:\ drive (system image) to avoid headaches.

Where should game launchers be installed?

With regard to where to install game launchers, consider the following:

  • Will the games drive be used for other system images (e.g. does your center need to support the ability to run multiple disparate video cards, network cards, etc)? If so, install game launchers to the games drive.

In general, it is recommended to install game launchers to your games drive.

Please refer to Recommended Game Launcher Configuration for step-by-step guides for installation and configuration of common game launchers.

Where should games be installed?

In general, it is recommended to install game launchers to your games drive, unless otherwise noted by the game manufacturer (e.g. if they do not support installation to a separate drive letter).

Where should applications be installed?

In general, it is recommended to install applications and utilities to your games drive, unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer (e.g. if they do not support installation to a separate drive letter).

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