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Windows 7: 5400 or 7200 RPM for storing large files?

08 Apr 2011   #1
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 
5400 or 7200 RPM for storing large files?

I'm thinking of picking up another hard to be used as a storage drive. I'm just curious whether I should get a 5400 RPM or a 7200 RPM?

Most of the files I'm dealing with are roughly 1 GB each or if I plan on making 1080p gaming videos with Fraps I think they are split into 4 GB per file. I would like to stick with Western Digital since I've had some issues with Seagate in recent years.


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08 Apr 2011   #2
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

With prices being extremely low on hard drives there's really no reason not to get a 7200 RPM drive. In short I would go for the faster drives.

Good luck
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08 Apr 2011   #3
Kipper

 

For Data storage I doubt you will notice any difference.

The 5400 will run cooler and quieter if those are considerations for you. My next storage drive will be a 3TB
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08 Apr 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
For Data storage I doubt you will notice any difference.

The 5400 will run cooler and quieter if those are considerations for you. My next storage drive will be a 3TB
I would also argue that you're not going to see/hear a whole lot of difference between with regards to noise and heat on a 7200 RPM drive. Especially if you're strictly using it as storage. You will however notice the transfer speeds, thus the faster drive.

I have 3 Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM drives in my system as backup/data drives - one being my game drive and my system is whisper quiet. The temps on the drives are also very low....

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Again, the faster drive would be more benificial as they aren't that much noiser, or hotter. Also, if "noise" is a concern.... get a WD Caviar Blue

I will however say the Greens don't look bad either.... such as the one Kipper pointed to. However if you do opt for a 3TB, you need to make sure your MB can support such a large drive. This is where a BIOS update may be in order.

My two cents


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08 Apr 2011   #5
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Okay thanks. I'll look into it.
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