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Windows 7: HDD for system partition


06 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
HDD for system partition

Hy there, i need to buy a hard disk for windows partition, is 5400RPM Seagates Green enough? I don't need a high performance HDD but I need a long life span HDD. already had HDD failure with Seagates black 7200RPM HDD




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06 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I've had Seagate, WD, Samsung, you name it HDD fail.
I've also had Seagate, WD, Every other drive you can name last for a long time.
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06 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Recently, I read somewhere that studies of HDD longevity show they die either in their first two months or after a couple of years. That's the times of highest failure rate. Of course, there are drives that will last many, many years. I have some very old drives that are measured in MBytes that still work just fine, albeit basically useless to me.

Like any mechanical device, their failure is inevitable and unpredictable.
Thinking that a slower drive will last longer is an error in judgment. It just doesn't work that way.
Backups are your friends.

Personally, I would like to see my Operating System on a fast drive and a 5400rpm drive simply doesn't qualify.

Windows reads/writes to the HDD many times per second. The HDD is generally the bottle-neck in any computer, hence, speed is of the essence if you want a responsive system.

A 7200rpm drive is what I'd be looking at; or, if it's in your budget, go for an SSD. (I have two of them now and I'm not looking back. How does a ~10-second boot time strike you?)

I've never owned a 10,000rpm HDD because I've heard they are noisy. And I don't like noise.

Just some thoughts,
Richard
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06 Apr 2011   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Most people would say you should buy a 7200 rpm boot drive, but the 5400 will work fine if you are OK with the somewhat slower operation. I have a WD green as a backup drive and am happy with it. Runs very cool and is quiet.
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