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Internal HD or External HD for Fraps?

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August 28, 2008 4:28:50 PM

I play quite a few games and I like to take fraps footage of games. The raw footage takes up alot of HD space so I'm looking at getting another HD just for storing media on. Will it make a difference if I use an external or internal drive? Also, will I need to install an OS on this 2nd drive if all I'm storing is media?
August 31, 2008 1:09:08 AM

It will be better to use an external drive because it will take stress off your system drive that the game is running on. No, you don't need to install an OS.
September 8, 2008 8:53:04 PM

Well external drives are usually slower.

I use Raptors Raid 0 For windows, games, and fraps.

It usually works really nice.

I think it would work a lot worse if I tried using my external drive to record my games.

However, I have two 10,000 RPM drives working together. If your windows, your games, and your fraps is on one 5400-7200 RPM, maybe you should test your external theory. However be careful not to waste money on it if you can't test before you buy.
September 11, 2008 8:09:17 PM

Agreed, it will perform better on two 10,000 rpm drives. However, I don't think it's worth it to spend at least $300 on two 10,000 rpm drives, and on top of that, reinstall windows on that drive (just to have better recording in fraps). If you have the extra money, go for it, but it's much more cost-effective to buy an external hard drive.
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