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I've read so many topics about fraps working better at different situations, and results showing (in most cases), using fraps/external hd to improve FPS etc. - can i believe this?

I'm quite confused on the situation so I'll list the scenario's;

1. The game you want to play + Fraps on the same HD (primary) - this is what I use to do.

2. The game you want to play (primay hd) and Fraps/footage recording onto external hd (eSATA external)

3. The game you want to play and fraps on on the external hd (??) (eSATA external)

Can someone explain this me which is the right situation to do and also (for those who know alot), does this actually help? (the 'correct' method)

A fast and helpful reponse would be great, afterall, I'm looking for the best performance/recording in gaming wise.

my laptop is fairly decent for gaming which is a dell xps 15 2.67ghz GT 420m (not a gaming laptop exactly, but its good enough) but i just want to get the best results out of fraps).

Thanks.
Edited by liqt - 2/24/11 at 12:24am
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I doubt you're going to notice a difference.
    
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The best results in your case would be to have the game installed on your laptop, and set FRAPS to record to the external.

(edit) @ post above: I think he would notice, laptop hard drives tend to be slow.
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that would still mean Fraps + Game to be installed on the laptop but, set the file location to the external HD? (eSATA)
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Yes, that is what I would do. That way you could use a different external later without much issue.
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Game installed on laptop. Record to external.
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its worth a try, but isn't still that using fraps on the primary hd or am I missing something?

edit; aaa sorry for the small questions - I just want to make sure before I purchase an eSATA HD (this is why i'm seeking help before buying one, just to make sure..)
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After you install FRAPS you open it and go the the Movies tab. Change the "folder to save movies in" to your external, and it will be recording to the external drive.
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well.. let me explain the scenario

i was looking for an eSATA external hdd, unfortunately the local shop didn't have one, so they offered me an hdd(500gb) and a caddy for it, with 7200rpm (similiar to what i was going to purchase on amazon, but i wanted to get one on the same day). anyways I bought this just to test to see any good results.

Anyways, are these the same? interms of how they work.

One small problem now is... the box didn't contain a eSATA cable, yet it came with a USB cable instead.

I then tested it.

Originally I was getting 60 fps when doing nothing, fraps was on primary HD (game is capped at 60 fps anyways).

Now, with this new external HD (using USB) and fraps on the EXTERNAL HDD, i get 45 fps when doing nothing.

Is there something wrong with this or, is this relating to the USB 2.0 cable?

I complained about it being USB because I wanted an eSATA in the first place.. and they didn't have eSATA cables in stock, so they'll have to order some (whih is so lame).

I then ordered this off amazon because I can't bother to wait for the shop to get in stock nor cannot bother go into town and buy one (after making heaps of travelling)

[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/eSATA2-Professional-Quality-connect-external/dp/B00441VB68/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1298560105&sr=8-4"]1m eSATA to eSATA II / eSATA2 Lead / Wire: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics[/ame]

Would this product be okay? and also solve the fps issue? or someone might want to explain the fps issue that happened anyways?

Thanks for the response if anyone can help me out, sigh.. what a bad day
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IF the bandwidth of USB was the limitation, the eSata should fix it.
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