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recording and playing games on external hd

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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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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.

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

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WDC WD5000AADS-00M2B0 ATA Device
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Business Unit/Brand Desktop/WD Caviar
Heads 16
Cylinders 16,383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
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ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
Serial Number WD-WMAV50510755
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 1174 times
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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
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Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
Disk Letter C:
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Volume Serial Number 5E318B19
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SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
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).