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Okay so currently I fraps to a WD Velociraptor 300gb which isn't exactly the largest amount of space, especially when running at 1920x1200 (and I don't think I can record much higher resolution on it)

The other day while FRAPSing I ran out of space (unsure of how many hours of video it was, I was in the middle of doing a Let's Play run, and didn't notice that the FRAPS recording indicator had went from recording to stopped)

I'm thinking about upgrading to 2 600gb Velociraptor's in Raid 0 so that when I move to 5760x1200 resolution I can still fraps if I want to, and not run out of space instantaneously.

Anyways, heres my list of options, what do you think would work best:

1.) Keep my 300gb drive and grab 2 2tb green drives for Raid0, record to the 300gb drive and have a script pull completed 4.7gb chunks from the velociraptor and move them to the 4tb array, since fraps only writes and does not read this should not affect recording throughput.

2.) Same as option one, but also aquire a second 300gb velociraptor... I think I might need it for 5760x1200 ><

3.) Ditch Velociraptors all together and grab 2 (to 4 depending on the funding) 2tb Caviar blacks and just record straight to that.

Which of the above would work the best?

Keep in mind I do plan to start recording at 5760x1200 (if possible) in addition to normal 1920x1200 gaming.

My current hard disk setup is like so:

60gb ssd 1 : Operating System
60gb ssd 2 : Hard Disk Intensive apps/games
300gb VR: FRAPS ONLY
2x 1tb Greens: Storage/non-HDD-intensive games

If I went the Caviar Black route I would probably put them on the LSi Raid card with the Greens (or move the greens to the motherboard) and I would probably move the 300gb VR over to my itx machine.
    
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Just a random question. But why would you want to record something at 5760x1200?
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Besides having an insane file size, ditch the Velociraptors and grab two 2Tb Blacks in RAID 0. And if you really have a storage problem, could you tab out and move files manually if you start to run out of space, then tab back in and continue recording?
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Thanks for the confirmation, I had an inkling that the increased speed from the 10k rpm drives wouldn't justify the reduced storage and increased price... I can get 3 blacks for the same price as 2 600gb VRs.
As for the question of why would I want to record in 5760x1200? Because I can, and thats what I would prefer to game in. All the better that Flash has support up to 4k resolution now, and youtube allows you to upload "Native" resolution videos, now 3 screen users can view some footage of other games in surround setups.
Also, this is OCN, its overkill so I don't need a reason ;-)

Completely offtopic:
Unfortunately I have a vram bottleneck... 16x ansiotropic filtering on PS2 game textures that are being upscaled to 6144x6144 (or higher) eats a lot of vram it turns out. I had to turn down the scaling from 6x to 4x to maintain 60fps ><
    
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Where Raptors/Velociraptors excel is random seeks, I noticed it going from a Barracuda to my current OS drive. But they don't have a throughput advantage unfortunately, so for FRAPS, a good 7.2k will match/outperform it for much less (and with more space). I'd love to see some good 4k footage
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Which frame rate are you planning to use? With 60 fps, recording in 5760x1200 should require about 200-300 MB/s if there aren't other bottlenecks. Even 2 drives in raid0 might not be fast enough for that.
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Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB, I use mine as my fraps drive and it works great, I woundn't fraps anything above 1920x1200 though.
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Where Raptors/Velociraptors excel is random seeks, I noticed it going from a Barracuda to my current OS drive. But they don't have a throughput advantage unfortunately, so for FRAPS, a good 7.2k will match/outperform it for much less (and with more space). I'd love to see some good 4k footage
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Which frame rate are you planning to use? With 60 fps, recording in 5760x1200 should require about 200-300 MB/s if there aren't other bottlenecks. Even 2 drives in raid0 might not be fast enough for that.
Two-drive RAID-0 might not be. But he could always put three or four drives together.
     
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