5400rpm vs 7200rpm external hdd w/ firewire800

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chuckflip53, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

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    I'm currently looking for a portable external HDD with firewire800 capabilities - was just wondering if the 800mbits/sec data transfer rate would be affected by the diff rpm rates of these hdd's?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You're never going to get 800 mbits/sec anyways, so why worry?
     
  3. chuckflip53 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not worrying, and judging by your response, I should opt for the 5400rpm hdd then?
     
  4. pismobrat macrumors regular

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    Hi

    Get 7200RPM.

    And despite the the comment above you can max out Firewire800. I can do that with a single 1TB 72000 Seagate Drive.

    7200RPM gives that extra zip for access time. But if your just streaming movies and the drive is a better price you will be fine.
     

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