5400 vs 7200

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by maldoror, May 3, 2011.

  1. maldoror macrumors regular

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    looking for a 3TB hdd for a dual owc enclosure.
    it will be for music and films etc. it will be on with the only app accessing it constantly being transmission for torrents.
    only occasionally i will be watching movies from it.
    is there any reason i will regret buying a 5400rpm hdd rather than a 7200?
    i will save $40 with the slower drive.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    5400 isn't always slower than 7200. The density of the drive is a contributing factor, as well as the specific model. Some higher-density 5400 drives are faster than some 7200 drives. Ultimately, you probably won't see much difference between the two. For larger file transfers, a Firewire 800 connection will be 2-4 times faster than a USB 2.0 connection.
     
  3. Surely Guest

    Surely

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    I upgraded my MBP's HD from the stock 5400 rpm HD to a 7200 rpm HD. The difference in speed is very noticeable to me.
     
  4. maldoror thread starter macrumors regular

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