7200 or 5400 RPM

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7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby kylepaddock » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:58 am

Yes I know the answer. Duu 7200RPM is faster. I am getting a External HD for college. Here are some I have in mind:
5400RPM USB 3.0 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148666
5400RPM USB 3.0 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822149236
7200RPM USB 3.0 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822145518
I was thinking of the Segate because of the 16MB Cache. One question is am I wasting the ability of USB 3.0 with 5400RPM will that limit the USB speeds?

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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:14 am

might as well go for speed if you going for USB 3.0
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby kylepaddock » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:28 am

Is the Cache not much of a deal? I've never used Hitachi so I don't know if they are any good. How are they in reliability?
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:38 pm

kylepaddock wrote:Is the Cache not much of a deal? I've never used Hitachi so I don't know if they are any good. How are they in reliability?


They are pretty good... I've got a few here and all are okay. All drives fail and the failure rate is pretty even these days between all brands.

For a backup drive I don't see cache being a big deal at all. If you plan on running programs from that drive maybe, but not for storing.
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby kylepaddock » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:03 pm

what about for like accessing Videos. I will keep most of my data on it. Docs, Photos, Videos. Etc.
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby Apoptosis » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:03 am

kylepaddock wrote:what about for like accessing Videos. I will keep most of my data on it. Docs, Photos, Videos. Etc.



I don't think you'll ever know the difference to be honest. If 5400 RPM or small cache sizes on hard drives cause issues with video playback you'd see people complaining and being upset on forums as most notebooks over the years came with 5400 RPM drives as they used less power and made less noise.

We have a review of the HITACHI Touro Mobile Pro 500G being posted next week though.
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby kylepaddock » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:55 am

Sweet, I will keep an eye out for it.
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Re: 7200 or 5400 RPM

Postby MikeBiker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:59 pm

Seagate has a 5900 RPM drive. I've been using the 2TB version for awhile and it seems to be quite fast for a non 7200 RPM drive. There is a review at http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_barracuda_green_2tb_review_st2000dl003.


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