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Ive been trying to get my commentary to be unlaggy. Is my 5400RPM hard drive making the videos look laggy? And are 5400RPMs too much of a bottleneck?
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Using your main drive as a fraps drive is creating the lag.

I use a WD Green "intellespeed" which is kinda like 5400rpm as a fraps drive, and have no lag. But the game that is running is on a different drive.

The drive has problems trying to create files as well as reading the game files that are in two different locations.
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is there any way you can bench your hdd and see what your writes are? i doubt its it but it could be an issue.

use hd tune and see what your actual reads and writes are, then we will go from there
    
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Well i am not an expert by any means, but it is the "lowest end" part in your PC. I think i read somewhere that the drive speed only affects you when the drive is almost full, but I would take that with a fair few grains of salt. Are you viewing the videos before you edit them? I know that premier pro at least does stutter a lot in the preview, because it has to render on the fly. Try to just watch your videos in say VLC or something and check if the problem persists. Personally, I don't think it is the HDD, as I can still get stutter free DVD quality stuff over wifi, and I can watch my friends 1080p bf3 vids from a USB in VLC with no lag.
    
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Well I just save videos and view them in windows movie maker. I'll give an hdtune result tomorrow.
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is there any way you can bench your hdd and see what your writes are? i doubt its it but it could be an issue.
use hd tune and see what your actual reads and writes are, then we will go from there

The problem isnt that its a 5400RPM drive, a 7200 might be better, but it wont completely alleviate the issue.

The problem is that the single drive cant both read and write in different locations on one drive at a fast enough rate to not have lag.

The way to fix it would obviously to have two drives, one just for fraps, and your main drive for everything else (OS and games). Fraps at full frame 1080 is around 66MB/s, which is nearly enough to saturate a 5400rpm drive (~90MB/s), but around half the write speed of a 7200. (~120MB/s). But the increased speed wont help, since the drive still needs to move the head around a lot to do both reading AND writing for fraps AND the game. so the actual write speed the drive is capable of while playing the game is waaaay lower, creating the lag.


EDIT: oh wow I read the OP wrong, I thought you meant lag while recording, not post-editing.
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Hmmm....so another hard drive to take the pressure off the main is the fix? How about I tell fraps to save the videos to a flashdrive?
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Hmmm....so another hard drive to take the pressure off the main is the fix? How about I tell fraps to save the videos to a flashdrive?

For the actual recording a second drive may help. A flashdrive might be too small, and deffinately isnt fast enough unless its possibly USB3?
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16gb Sandisk. I'll test tomorrow.
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the "S" in SATA stands for SERIAL, it can't read and write at the same time. when you are playing a game, the software reads the hard drive information, so when you try to write datas (by using fraps) at the same drive and at the same time, it will lag. thats why its always advised to use a separate drive for fraps recording
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