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February 13, 2014 11:01:56 AM

Hello all, I have freshly built my first computer, so I am learning as I go. I have two 4TB Western Digital Caviar Blacks in my pc. I want my primary running games, and mostly all programs. I want to make my secondary as a "screen recorder/ video hard drive only." I intend on doing this because recorded video files take up so much space, so I figured it would make more sense.

Anyways my problem is my programs, such as fraps, from my secondary hard drive will not boot from the desktop icon. I figured maybe it was a fraps issue so I tried it with xsplit. Xsplit worked at first, but then the desktop icon turned white and was not usable anymore. Now it will not launch from the desktop.

I am not entirely sure why this is happening. I figured it would be easy to separate my programs between Primary and Secondary and still get them running smoothly. If anyone can help give me some tips as to how to fix this that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all.

Below is an error message I get from fraps when trying to launch from desktop icon.

"Could not locate FRAPS DLL."
a b G Storage
February 13, 2014 2:35:36 PM

How are you putting the applications onto the second Hard drive? If you are just clicking "next" through the entire installation procedure and then copying files over to the drive, this issue will be abundant. If you are selecting the second drive during installation as the drive to install to and are getting this error, it could be caused by corruption in the software or a failing drive. I'd try installing the software to the first drive and changing the save directory of the files created to the secondary drive to test the second to see if the issues stays.
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February 13, 2014 3:50:44 PM

xcrossroadsx said:
How are you putting the applications onto the second Hard drive? If you are just clicking "next" through the entire installation procedure and then copying files over to the drive, this issue will be abundant. If you are selecting the second drive during installation as the drive to install to and are getting this error, it could be caused by corruption in the software or a failing drive. I'd try installing the software to the first drive and changing the save directory of the files created to the secondary drive to test the second to see if the issues stays.


I am selecting the secondary hard drive to put the programs on. I can run these programs if I go into the secondary hard drive and boot from inside the file, that is not a problem. So I do not believe the hard drive is faulty. The problem is when I try to launch from a desktop icon, the program will not launch.

I got fraps to work by moving the "fraps32.dll" and "frapslcd.dll" file to the desktop. Typically this should not be the solution.
It seems to be the desktop icon is having trouble finding the rest of the files to continue to run the program.

Thank you for your response I will try that.

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February 13, 2014 7:30:02 PM



Just wanted to give an update.
I believe the problem was that xsplit and fraps are programs that need to be installed on the primary in order to run properly. You can change the fraps video destination folder to your secondary to reduce stress on your hard drive, but the main program itself needs to be on the C drive. I tried booting other programs from my secondary and it worked, for example I launched TeamSpeak3. I found this out by researching on Fraps forums.

Thanks again.
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a b G Storage
February 16, 2014 8:39:24 AM

The fact that it needed .dlls seems like you were trying to launch the actual .exe file on your desktop instead of a shortcut to the .exe in the correct area.
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February 16, 2014 11:59:03 PM

xcrossroadsx said:
The fact that it needed .dlls seems like you were trying to launch the actual .exe file on your desktop instead of a shortcut to the .exe in the correct area.


I believe you are correct. I ended up reinstalling xsplit and allowed it to create a desktop shortcut itself and it ended up working. Although I was reading that it is best to keep Fraps under the primary c drive. Once again I would like to thank you for your responses.

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