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recording and playing games on external hd

Discussion in 'Storage' started by u2konline, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. u2konline

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    Just wondering is it safe to play a few games on a external hd and record gameplay footage using fraps?
    really just curious are external hd's just as stable like internal ones/last as long.
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    I think there's no much difference of a internal or external HDD (if there are any...).

    So, I think yes. You can use it to play, record games on it without problems.
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    yes of course, that will work fine. loading times will be slower though.
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    quick question, how do i get 3.0 speed for my internal hard drive?
    i plan to upgrade soon and want to add 2 internal hard drives but i want them the same speed as 3.0 for my external .

    only from best buy btw, thanks.
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    USB 3.0? Or SATA3? Regular sata is already way faster than usb 3.0
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    Well how come my usb 3.0 drive hook up to my pcie 3.0 speed card seems faster over my internal hd. it seems faster because things load up quicker and i can record better on it
    this is my internal

    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    WDC WD5000AADS-00M2B0 ATA Device
    Manufacturer Western Digital
    Form Factor GB/3.5-inch
    Business Unit/Brand Desktop/WD Caviar
    Heads 16
    Cylinders 16,383
    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    Device type Fixed
    ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
    Serial Number WD-WMAV50510755
    LBA Size 48-bit LBA
    Power On Count 1174 times
    Power On Time 1123.5 days
    Features S.M.A.R.T., AAM, NCQ
    Transfer Mode SATA II
    Interface SATA
    Capacity 466 GB
    Real size 500,107,862,016 bytes
    RAID Type None
    S.M.A.R.T
    01 Read Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    03 Spin-Up Time 109 (104) Data 0000001D75
    04 Start/Stop Count 099 (099) Data 00000004CA
    05 Reallocated Sectors Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    07 Seek Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    09 Power-On Hours (POH) 064 (064) Data 0000006954
    0A Spin Retry Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
    0B Recalibration Retries 100 (100) Data 0000000000
    0C Device Power Cycle Count 099 (099) Data 0000000496
    C0 Power-off Retract Count 200 (200) Data 00000000CD
    C1 Load/Unload Cycle Count 088 (088) Data 00000526E6
    C2 Temperature 110 (086) Data 0000000025
    C4 Reallocation Event Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C5 Current Pending Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C8 Write Error Rate / Multi-Zone Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    Temperature 37 °C
    Temperature Range ok (less than 50 °C)
    Status Good
    Partition 0
    Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #0
    Size 100 MB
    Partition 1
    Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
    Disk Letter C:
    File System NTFS
    Volume Serial Number 5E318B19
    Size 466 GB
    Used Space 327 GB (71%)
    Free Space 139 GB (29%)
  9. Blue-Knight

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    Sure, USB 3.0 devices can be faster.

    So, I think your USB 3.0 HDD achieve speeds faster than that SATA 3Gbps HDD. If connected to a USB 3.0 port, of course.
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    if y'all are talking about mechanical drives for desktop computer, then you can only max them out to 200MB/s with the best drives. Whereas the SATA 3Gbps has a maximum of 384MB/s and USB 3.0 is 5.0Gbps for a maximum of 640MB/s. Either way if you get an internal or external drive they will still run less than the available speed of the connection you plug it into. However if you want faster speeds look into SSD, SSHD and hard drive caching(e.g. smart respose).

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