5400rpm vs 7200rpm external hdd w/ firewire800

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

  1. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You're never going to get 800 mbits/sec anyways, so why worry?
  3. chuckflip53 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    I'm not worrying, and judging by your response, I should opt for the 5400rpm hdd then?
  4. pismobrat macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007

    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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