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    Game capture software

    TL;DR - need a game capture program that doesn't write temp files to c: drive.

    I'd been using the recording software (whose name escapes me) that is in with the AMD drivers when I had a Vega card. This was perfect as it wrote directly to an AV HDD that isn't my OS drive. However, I switched to a 1070 and am a bit stuck finding similar software that I can use to capture instant replays (i.e. writes/records all the time and then one can record the last minute or so), and also starts automatically when a game is launched.

    I've tried using the Geforce software. Although the recording/capture location can be changed to the other HDD, it still writes the temp files to the OS drive (under users/appdata) and then writes the recorded bit to the HDD when the capture buttons are pressed (I know that by the fact I can't hear the HDD until such event occurs, unlike the AMD software where the HDD was running all the time). I don't want this as the OS drive is an nvme. Likewise for the inbuilt Windows game bar/recording suite - I can change the end location to the HDD, but it always writes to the nvme OS drive.

    So, any suggestions for such a program that doesn't write to appdata along with launching itself alongside games? Other option is setting up a junction in appdata, but pretty sure that will just end up writing to both drives.

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    Re: Game capture software

    "So, any suggestions for such a program that doesn't write to appdata along with launching itself alongside games? Other option is setting up a junction in appdata, but pretty sure that will just end up writing to both drives."

    My first thought was whether or not you could do a symbolic link so that the actual folder is on the HDD. I thought that might do the job.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1622...dows-or-linux/

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    Re: Game capture software

    Do you not still have the AMD software? ISTR it was some third party thing that they bundled, so might work for Nvidia cards as well (speaking from a position of always trying not to install such stuff so I could be quite wrong).

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    Re: Game capture software

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanoe View Post
    "So, any suggestions for such a program that doesn't write to appdata along with launching itself alongside games? Other option is setting up a junction in appdata, but pretty sure that will just end up writing to both drives."

    My first thought was whether or not you could do a symbolic link so that the actual folder is on the HDD. I thought that might do the job.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1622...dows-or-linux/
    Yeah, same here. I think that would end up writing to both though - easy to hear if it's writing to the hdd but hard to tell if it's writing to the nvme without minutely tracking the usage (plus, the disk usage % in task manager is pretty useless with multiple drives). I wanted to see if there's any software I've missed before I disappear down that rabbit hole.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Do you not still have the AMD software? ISTR it was some third party thing that they bundled, so might work for Nvidia cards as well (speaking from a position of always trying not to install such stuff so I could be quite wrong).
    Nah, it doesn't reinstall as it can't detect AMD graphics hardware. There are generic AMD drivers on the system though from the motherboard, but not the full catalyst suite.

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    Re: Game capture software

    Yeah, same here. I think that would end up writing to both though - easy to hear if it's writing to the hdd but hard to tell if it's writing to the nvme without minutely tracking the usage (plus, the disk usage % in task manager is pretty useless with multiple drives). I wanted to see if there's any software I've missed before I disappear down that rabbit hole.
    Well i thought the idea of the sim link was that it was pretty transparent to the system so not that it copied data from one location to another just that when the system goes to write to that folder it is essentially redirected to the drive where it actually is.

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    Re: Game capture software

    OBS Studio can be set up to work like Nvidia Shadowplay, & you can set the location for both temporary & recorded files. It works best if you have an Nvidia GPU and use the nvenc codec, but this requires Windows 10. I think there is a version of OBS which is optimised for AMD cards though.

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    Re: Game capture software

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim View Post
    OBS Studio can be set up to work like Nvidia Shadowplay, & you can set the location for both temporary & recorded files. It works best if you have an Nvidia GPU and use the nvenc codec, but this requires Windows 10. I think there is a version of OBS which is optimised for AMD cards though.
    Having a go with this, but what I don't see is how to get it to automatically start when games are launched, nor where it writes temp files (shows recording path, but don't see temp).

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