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Dxtory & Fraps - Recording to Main OS Drive - SSD Killer?

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December 17, 2013 4:06:04 PM

I'm going to be using either Dxtory or Fraps for my recordings, but I can't decide to either use my Main OS drive (SSD), or my 1 TB HDD for recording. I use a Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD as my main drive, and have an 1 TB HDD, but I get write speeds averaging from 70-80 mb/s read and write with the HDD. On the other hand, I have the SSD, with 500+ mb/s read and write, and when I enable the RAPID mode, I sometimes even reach 1000 mb/s. Clearly my SSD is faster, but if I were to use my main drive (SDD) to record on, would that cause problems or damage anything? Or even cause any kind of lag? Also, I heard that recording to your main drive can slow things down, and because it's an SSD it will hurt it's performance and lifespan, is this true?

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a b G Storage
December 17, 2013 4:58:12 PM

Flash memory cells have a certain number of times they can be written on before they die. With average usage for the 250gb evo this is estimated at like 20+ years. Recording won't slow things down, lag or hurt its performance, that mostly only applies to hdds as they only have 1 head to read/write from 1 location and could cause lower fps having to jump around reading files that are running and recording at the same time, not to mention hitting the bandwidth limit. Ssds can read/write at multiple places at once and of course is faster as well. Depending on the codec and res of the recordings, your hdd may be fast enough but if it's not then use the ssd.
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December 17, 2013 5:15:17 PM

k1114 said:
Flash memory cells have a certain number of times they can be written on before they die. With average usage for the 250gb evo this is estimated at like 20+ years. Recording won't slow things down, lag or hurt its performance, that mostly only applies to hdds as they only have 1 head to read/write from 1 location and could cause lower fps having to jump around reading files that are running and recording at the same time, not to mention hitting the bandwidth limit. Ssds can read/write at multiple places at once and of course is faster as well. Depending on the codec and res of the recordings, your hdd may be fast enough but if it's not then use the ssd.


Thank you so much! So if I do record to my main drive, no side effects should occur? I was just wondering if recording at the same drive would make things load slower (such as games) while recording, because it's reading and writing at the same time, and the everything is on it, like the OS, games, recording software ect.
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a b G Storage
December 17, 2013 8:47:56 PM

Those tasks hardly take any bandwidth which is why is doesn't affect it.
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December 18, 2013 10:24:26 AM

k1114 said:
Those tasks hardly take any bandwidth which is why is doesn't affect it.


Thanks, so I'll start using my SSD. I would use my hard drive, but I think it's too slow, because I only get 70-80mb/s read and write. Would it be worth it to spend the money to upgrade to a faster hard drive for recording or keep recording on the SSD? And would I get less FPS if I recorded on the hard drive?
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a b G Storage
December 18, 2013 10:40:07 AM

You should try the hdd first. If you get less fps or any issues then use the ssd. Don't worry about buying anything til you try them.
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December 18, 2013 10:41:59 AM

k1114 said:
You should try the hdd first. If you get less fps or any issues then use the ssd. Don't worry about buying anything til you try them.


True. I did see this post with someone saying that the games do take up a lot of bandwith, but I'm not sure if that's really what he's saying. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1644519/recordin...
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a b G Storage
December 18, 2013 11:17:52 AM

Recording does take up a good amount but that's a concern for hdds not ssds.
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