|06 Apr 2011||#3|
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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,
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