View Full Version : 7200rpm or 5400rpm for referenced library

Aug 9, 2011, 09:05 PM
Hey guys,

For those of you who are Aperture 3 (or 2) referenced library users, do you suggest getting an external hdd (portable, trying to pack light for a trip) that is 750gb 5400rpm 8mb cache or 500gb 7200rpm 16mb cache to host master files for aperture 3?

Space-wise, I could go either 500gb or 750gb. Obviously, the more the merrier, but looking for speed and performance.

The two drives I'm looking at are from OWC:

5400rpm: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEQM7500GB16/


The esata benchmarks are almost the same (~10mb difference read/write) while fw800, there is a significant difference in write speed.

What do you think? Thanks!

Aug 9, 2011, 09:17 PM
I'm no expert, but from everything i've read on this forum the 7200 rpm drive should perform faster. I installed one in my MBP last week and noticed that programs were responding faster.

Laird Knox
Aug 9, 2011, 09:20 PM
What interface will you be using?

Aug 9, 2011, 09:24 PM
What interface will you be using?

Most likely eSata, but occasionally fw800. I intend it to use almost 95% for Aperture masters to free up space on my internal.

Laird Knox
Aug 9, 2011, 09:30 PM
Well if you have access to eSATA and FireWire then I would go for the 7200. If you were limited to USB it would be more of a toss up.