5400RPM WD Harddrive question

macguy93

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Jul 30, 2012
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Hello everyone,

Very simple question today..

I just picked up a Western Digital 1.5TB internal hard drive. My main intentions for it is just keeping all of my video files on there (using it as a scratch disk) I got it for a good deal so thought nothing of the rotation speed at the time. but i just installed it and realized that it might be too slow.. If i use it with my video editing software (meaning, thats the location where i will keep my render files, actual video files etc.) Is that 5400 speed going to slow down how fast the video plays back in my editor? (FCPX, Adobe Premiere pro, After effects) Or should i just return it and buy a 7200RPM drive and call it a day?

Thanks in advance!
 

CaptainChunk

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Apr 16, 2008
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Phoenix, AZ
Hello everyone,

Very simple question today..

I just picked up a Western Digital 1.5TB internal hard drive. My main intentions for it is just keeping all of my video files on there (using it as a scratch disk) I got it for a good deal so thought nothing of the rotation speed at the time. but i just installed it and realized that it might be too slow.. If i use it with my video editing software (meaning, thats the location where i will keep my render files, actual video files etc.) Is that 5400 speed going to slow down how fast the video plays back in my editor? (FCPX, Adobe Premiere pro, After effects) Or should i just return it and buy a 7200RPM drive and call it a day?

Thanks in advance!
You probably picked up a Caviar Green. They're energy-saving drives that dynamically adjust rotation speed to save power.

If you want to stick with WD, I'd suggest exchanging for a Caviar Black. Those are 7,200 rpm and they're much better suited to frequent disk access applications like video editing. I usually only recommend using Greens for archival purposes, where the data doesn't have to be accessed constantly.
 

macguy93

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Jul 30, 2012
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Thanks for your reply!

Yes it's a caviar green drive

So essentially that drive will slow down my performance in video editing?
 

theSeb

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Aug 10, 2010
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Poole, England
Thanks for your reply!

Yes it's a caviar green drive

So essentially that drive will slow down my performance in video editing?
Yes... at the simplest level without considering all other performance variables and the quality/resolution of the video you're editing.
 

macguy93

macrumors regular
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Jul 30, 2012
149
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Okay thanks for your guys help!

I will just rerun it and buy a 7200rpm
 

TomTomTuning

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Oct 21, 2010
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Central PA
You probably picked up a Caviar Green. They're energy-saving drives that dynamically adjust rotation speed to save power.

If you want to stick with WD, I'd suggest exchanging for a Caviar Black. Those are 7,200 rpm and they're much better suited to frequent disk access applications like video editing. I usually only recommend using Greens for archival purposes, where the data doesn't have to be accessed constantly.
Plus a 5 year warrenty. ;)

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