Well...seems that people are asking me how I got fiesta to independently run on a Removable Drive.
It's possible, doesn't violate ToS/ToU/CoP or whatever you wanna call it. Now, you can't just go throw the Fiesta Folder onto ANY type of Removable Drive. There are differences in your Machines Power, the Removable Media you are using, and the USB Generation hardware that you have on your machine.
First Off...you're going to want to get your paws on something with a LOT of space, and a very strong Read/Write speed. (Please keep in mind, that if you are to go out and buy something with a HUGE data bank, it MUST match your PC/MAC's USB Read/Write Speeds!)
Wal-Mart offers some rather good stuff. I'd say get the PNY 16GB Micro SDHC. Works wonders with older and newer machines, and is rather sufficient for Win7, win8.2, and Win10 sp2's hardware.
--Comes with an adapter with Read/Write Speeds of up to 80Mbps using USB 3.0, and up to 60MBps using USB 2.0--
USB 2.0 and 3.0 Flash Drives
Read/Write speeds of up to 100Mbps - USB 3.0, and up to 20Mbps Read/Write with USB 2.0
(Results gathered from PNY 32GB usb, and Sandisk 16GB)
Both can be formatted to NTFS which is crucial to play Fiesta independent of your HDD/SSD.
--Reformatting these drives to NTFS creates a MFT and Independent Registry which will allow fiesta to utilize only that drive instead of your HDD/SSD creating more read/write strain while trying to play. Also creates an independent page filing on the drives which utterly minimizes load times and RAM usage!
~~~DISCLAIMER: The above are noted speeds from MY current devices, for which would be a Windows 7 Desktop 2.7ghz Intel i3 with 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a windows 10 laptop 2.3ghz Quad Core Intel i3, 8GB DDR4 RAM both with Intel HD series graphics cards~~ Your results may vary based upon the type of Hardware you are utilizing.
Once you have your selected type of HCSD memory card, time to play. (Yes, 90% of the Desktops and Laptops have SD Card Readers. This technology is still VERY viable for obvious reasons)
1. You will need to format your HCSD or Flash Card to a different type. FAT32 is the standard format for these cards, and this isn't acceptable for installing and running the game independently.
2. The format you will need to select is NTFS, and I suggest doing a FULL Format, not a Quick. Let windows pick the sector allocation size, and DO NOT change it unless you KNOW what you are doing.
~~This process can take 30 seconds up to 2+ hours depending on the speed of your system, the R/W speed of your HCSD, and what's all going on in the back/foreground of your PC.~~
3. Once the format is complete, you will need to scan the "new disk" for errors (trust me, there will be some). This is a time consuming process, so start it and go do something else for awhile.
~~Chances are this process will take literally 3 minutes up to 2+ hours.~~
4. After the scan is complete, its time to "map" the new disk on your system so that it will run independently.
~~Windows will do this automatically SOMETIMES as it registers the HCSD card with a Drive Letter. Usually F: or G: depending on how many drives you are running.~~
5. Time to uninstall Fiesta completely off your HHD or SSD. I suggest using iObit's uninstaller as it will also delete registry keys, and all previous Program data from your drive. ~ Restart your computer.
Download Fiesta Installer, run it, and have it installed TO your new flash memory. The download can take anywhere from 1m30s - 34m depending on your internet speed and other factors I listed above in the beginning of this post.
~~ATTENTION: Once the installer downloads and starts to install the game onto the new drive, the installer will ATTEMPT to install a form of JAVA to the HCSD, this is normal, but the install will hang at 100%. You CAN close the installer at this point after about 60 seconds of it hanging at 100%.~~
Now, for the fun part!
Time to Defrag Fiesta. Yes, this removable media WILL require a defrag after Fiesta is installed. You will see anywhere from 18-43% fragmentation rate once you analyze the drive, and this is normal. I highly suggest using iObit Smart Defrag 6 Free Edition, found Here, as well as a few other of their lovely products I use and pay for mind you.
Once the Defrag is complete, you will now need to defrag the free space on the drive using the same program and this will take roughly 6 minutes depending on the size of the HCSD you utilize.
If you have an Interface UI file you want to add, by all means do so.
~~WARNING!!: You MUST compress the files! This reduces the "search" and Read/Write times your PC will utilize to play the game!~~
You can now launch Fiesta and enjoy a HIGH FPS and VERY ENJOYABLE ping with literally zero system hang (depending on all what you have running).
Once you have everything up and running and you've successfully got fiesta up and running, let it sit for a bit, close the game, and load up Smart Defrag again. go to game optimization, and type in Fiesta.bin, and let the program do its magic. Close everything and start your gaming spree! Enjoy!
**IMPORTANT** DO NOT attempt to create a desktop icon! You MUST launch the game from the removable media or the client will attempt to save EVERYTHING to your Desktop. You can rename the icon used to launch fiesta (FiestaOnline) to anything you see fit to have it above all individual files and directly below the folders. I just named mine _FiestaOnline and hey, everything works wonderfully.**
What I enjoy about using USB Stick/Memory Card
1. Reduced system usage (RAM, HDD R/W utilization, String/Thread Usage Drastically Reduced)
2. EXTREMELY QUICK Map loads and switching
3. Literally Zero to Minimal GPU Lag on heavily populated maps like Uruga for example.
4. MINIMAL disconnections, and can vend up to 48+ hours before having to "refresh" the game.
iObit Programs I utilized and Use
Advanced System Care
iObit Smart Defrag 6
iObit Uninstaller 8