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Windows 7: The Truth About Hard Drive RPM (Rotations Per Minute)

19 Feb 2010   #1
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 
The Truth About Hard Drive RPM (Rotations Per Minute)

I recently read this: How higher RPM hard drives rip you off | George Ou | ZDNet.com

This is what I found after doing a quick google search on Hard Drive RPM when I was customizing a Dell laptop that I was interested in buying....

My question is, is what that guy's saying is true? Or even to a degree? Like would I have any less storage space with a higher RPM than a lower one?

Is there ANY disadvantages to having a higher RPM other than slightly having to pay more?

Thanks.


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19 Feb 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
Is there ANY disadvantages to having a higher RPM other than slightly having to pay more?
Heat, noise, case vibrations.
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19 Feb 2010   #3
madtownidiot

 

If you ignore the obvious slant of the article and pay attention, the useful information that can be gleaned from it is that a boost in performance can be gained by having a smaller partition for the OS and games, and a 2nd partition for media and larger files, something I've already found to be true on the laptop in my specs. On a 500GB HDD, the 1st partition is 80GB and contains windows 7 and all my programs and games, the 2nd partition is 40 GB for windows XP and some older apps that don't work as well in 7, the 3rd partition (247 GB) is for media and is 80% full, plus there is a logical partition which I use for linux
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20 Feb 2010   #4
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

So does this mean that i should just get the 5400 RPM seagate momentus instead of the 7200. It will be 500 GB, and i planned on partitioning it into prolly a 100, 20, 200, and the rest.
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20 Feb 2010   #5
madtownidiot

 

The 7200 rpm drive is significantly faster, but the 5400 rpm drive will last longer. I believe there has been a history of premature failure with the seagate momentus 7200.4 drives, although I'm using one and and haven't had any sign of problems. It is very fast.. cold startup on my machine is roughly 32 seconds, 17 seconds to desktop.
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20 Feb 2010   #6
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
I recently read this: How higher RPM hard drives rip you off | George Ou | ZDNet.com

This is what I found after doing a quick google search on Hard Drive RPM when I was customizing a Dell laptop that I was interested in buying....

My question is, is what that guy's saying is true? Or even to a degree? Like would I have any less storage space with a higher RPM than a lower one?

Is there ANY disadvantages to having a higher RPM other than slightly having to pay more?

Thanks.
He's an idiot. He's comparing enterprise level drives to desktop drives and tosses a lot of numbers at you.
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20 Feb 2010   #7
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post

He's an idiot. He's comparing enterprise level drives to desktop drives and tosses a lot of numbers at you.
Kind of what I was trying to say, but more subtly
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20 Feb 2010   #8
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
The 7200 rpm drive is significantly faster, but the 5400 rpm drive will last longer. I believe there has been a history of premature failure with the seagate momentus 7200.4 drives, although I'm using one and and haven't had any sign of problems. It is very fast.. cold startup on my machine is roughly 32 seconds, 17 seconds to desktop.
5400RPM will last longer in a laptop and also use less power, which is a major concern in a laptop. It should also run cooler.
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21 Feb 2010   #9
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post

5400RPM will last longer in a laptop and also use less power, which is a major concern in a laptop. It should also run cooler.
Another good point. Some laptops don't get rid of heat very efficiently, and probably shouldn't have a 7200 rpm installed, even though it would work. I got rid of a Compaq 6930p for that reason. As the article listed by OP could have stated if it's author hadn't been such a jacka**, you can get better performance from a HDD by partitioning the OS and programs separately from all idle data, such as media files. If you try it, you will notice a significant decrease in start up/shutdown times and increased overall responsiveness of your computer with a 60GB OS partition vs letting windows scatter its system files all over an entire 500GB HDD
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21 Feb 2010   #10
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
Another good point. Some laptops don't get rid of heat very efficiently, and probably shouldn't have a 7200 rpm installed, even though it would work. I got rid of a Compaq 6930p for that reason. As the article listed by OP could have stated if it's author hadn't been such a jacka**, you can get better performance from a HDD by partitioning the OS and programs separately from all idle data, such as media files. If you try it, you will notice a significant decrease in start up/shutdown times and increased overall responsiveness of your computer with a 60GB OS partition vs letting windows scatter its system files all over an entire 500GB HDD
Good point there. My main drive is a 1TB Samsung F1 but my OS/application partition is only 300GB in size. The last thing I want is for OS/application files to be spread over 1TB of space.
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