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Old February 10, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Do you think two of these drives in raid 0 would be suitable for recording FRAPS videos at 1080p? would three make a difference?

Western Digital WD1001FALS 1TB Hard Drive 7200RPM 32mb! on eBay.ca (item 310287365632 end time 10-Feb-11 16:19:48 EST)

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Old February 10, 2011, 08:30 AM
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I could be mistaken, but I think Western Digital drives don't play nice with RAID. They want you to buy their RAID-Edition drives instead.

Personally I think you'd be better off with a SSD, but that's probably too expensive for you.
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I have a better idea. Have your programs installed on one drive and have FRAPs record to the other drive and save the movie files to that drive (unless you upload videos at the same time you record, that might degrade performance).

The RAID 0 with 7200 RPM drives isn't as beneficial as just having FRAPs record to a dedicated drive that doesn't have your games on it.
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I could be mistaken, but I think Western Digital drives don't play nice with RAID. They want you to buy their RAID-Edition drives instead.

Personally I think you'd be better off with a SSD, but that's probably too expensive for you.
I've heard of this gripe before, but I have 150GB Raptors in RAID 0 and they're awesome. This problem may only affect the consumer class drives, I'm unsure though.

RAID 0 also has no redundancy, I hope you back the video files up if you do decide to go this route OP
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WD drives issues are more parity raid oriented, IE not raid 0 or 1. I got 2 1TB blacks in raid 0, they're working great.
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WD consumer drives are fine for all RAID types.

If you've got a really spiffy hardware raid controller card, and if your controller is one of the rare sort that freaks out when a drive has a physical error and goes into retry, and if your controller error timeouts cannot be adjusted, then unfortunately WD wants you to pay double for a RE drive with slightly different config settings in the drive firmware that prevents those controllers from freaking out. WD thinks it sucks to be you. For everyone else, just buy the regular drives and don't worry about it.

I don't have any experience w/FRAPS at 1080p, but as others have said, I'd start with a single drive, dedicated just to writing. Put it on a real SATA port, not USB.
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