5400rpm vs. 7200rpm hard drives: worth $20 difference?

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  1. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    I'm comtemplating buying a data only hard drive (I've totally run out of run on my current 40GB HD), and mainly to store MP3s, jpgs, mpegs/videos.

    The price differential between the 5400rmp HDs and the 7200rpm HDs seems to be aroun $20. Will I regret not forking over the extra $$$ down the road if I stick with the 5400rpm HDs?
     
  2. Chris

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    If you are going to boot off of this drive, or store files of size, yes, you want to spend the extra $20 and get a 7,200 RPM drive.
     
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    $20 is such a little amount of money, that I would just spend it for the extra RPM. Even if you don't need it right now, in a couple of months you may have another use for the drive where the 7200RPM speed will come in handy.

    So, I'd say yes!... the $20 extra is totally worth it.
     
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    For data storage only, a 5400rpm drive will be plenty, IMO.
     
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    7200 rpm hard drives are faster, while 5400 rpm drives are quieter and run cooler.

    So if you have a "need for speed", get the 7200. If you want a quiet drive, go for 5400.

    KJP
     
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    I think there is a deal somewhere for a Maxtor 160GB drive with an ATA133 card, for $250. not bad at all.

    in the not too distant future, compressing audio and video will be not worth the time, as there will be loads of space.

    for now, either scrape the bottom by getting a really cheap 5400rpm drive, or get a good 7200 rpm drive. If you're only seeing a $20 difference you must not be looking in the right places. Probably one of the best drives out (for me) is the Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80GB, (7200 rpm) and it sells for $150.
     
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    go for the 7200 RPM drive.
     
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    Considering that the SLOWEST piece of hardware on your PC is the access rate off of the HDD, anything that's faster is a bonus. Next to RAM, a higher spin and seek HDD is the best bang for your buck. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd vote for the 7200 rpm drive. I just got one.

    -Andre F
     
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    Get the 7200rpm drive, hands down.
    If quiet is of utmost importance, get the Seagate. Fry's has the 40GB version going on sale to $99 every few weeks, and www.mwave.com has the OEM version selling for $94 (Barraccuda IV ATA100 7200rpm).
     
  11. Patrick Sun

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    I did noticed a 7200rpm 80GB Western Digital HD for $125 ($200 - $75 MIR) from CompUSA yesterday. I wonder if they have any more of them today (doubtful).

    Should I steer away from WD HDs? I've been using Maxtors for the last 4 HDs I've bought. Currently I run two 40GB 7200rpm HDs (I used to use one to ghost as a backup of the other, but lately, I've been needing way too much storage space to let one go to waste as a backup device).
     
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    A few years ago WD alienated a lot of the PC community by putting out faulty HDs. Since then they have apparently cleaned up their act. A site which may now be defunct that rated HDs now had WDs among the top.

    Myself, I've used WD, Maxtor, Quantum, IBM (who had their own fiasco with the 75GXP line) and Seagate.

    I swear by Seagates for their quality, performance, and quietness.
     
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  14. Patrick Sun

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    I went to CompUSA yesterday and got lucky in that they still had about 4 of the WD 80GB 7200rpm HD. Hopefully I'll get my rebate refund in a couple of months, but for the price its a pretty good deal.

    Unfortunately, instead of immediately ghosting my old HD onto the new HD, I was dawdling, and somehow caught some strange virus, so I have to do some virus stomping before I can make use of the larger HD.
     

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