7200rpm or 5400rpm for referenced library

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by And1ss, Aug 9, 2011.

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    And1ss

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    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 World Computing/MEQM7500GB16/

    7200rpm:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEQM5750GB8/

    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!
     
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    stevenlangley1

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    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.
     
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    And1ss

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

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