I have a 16mb 500gb 7200rpm Samsung Hard drive. I was doing some video editing with AVCHD, and the previews were very choppy... after a bit of research, looks like my problem is the hard drive? Should I go for a RAID0 set up?
Also, I've been trying to use FRAPS. I've been advised to get a second drive because it frees up space for all the tasks needed? I was kind of unclear as to how that would work?
thank you so much in advance, you have a great community here.
RAID 0 would definately improve write performace, but you would have to carefully wiegh the pros/cons. There shouldn't be any reason why you can't do the stuff you are talking about without going to a RAID 0 solution (IMHO). Unless of course the issue is actually the CPU/Memory or maybe video card. Actualy I'm not sure how your hard drive would be the culprit, maybe you can explain why to me?
Whats the rest of the system? I currently use Nero 7 to do my video transcoding and the preview window for mine runs just fine. Converting a ~3hr .avi file to DVD takes just over an hour to convert and burn at 4x. (E6600 at stock with 4GBs of ram.) I have three different Seagate 7200.10 drives in my system of various sizes.
As for fraps, the issue there as I understand it is that if you are recording video to the same drive as your game is being played on your make your drive try to do too much and it won't have enough speed to do to both. (You can have this problem with your video editing as well.) The solution is to have a second drive. Your game drive has its read/write heads available to load new levels, etc, and your FRAPS drive has its free to record the game.
The need to do this isn't required for some games. I play TF2. I load the level, and its done. There is no more loading until the map is finished. As long as I don't record during the load phase there is no reason to have a second drive. And considering there is nothing going on during the load phase there is no reason to record. Other games might load during game play so this isn't a 100% truth. Check the game your playing for loads during game play.
Your selection of the seagate drive is good although I'll recommend the 7200.12 version.. Video getting choppy depends on software primarily rather than hard drive.. I use AVS for video conversion and it gives very good results.. I BTW have a single 5 year old 250 GB Hitachi hard drive..
If you are interested in the WD Green for purely storage purposes then sure, go for it.. Your system otherwise looks complete otherwise and you may like to save the bucks.. Adding another 4 GB of RAM will not aid in decreasing conversion timings..