7200rpm or 5400rpm for referenced library

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

  1. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    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/

    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!
  2. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    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.
  3. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
  4. And1ss thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Most likely eSata, but occasionally fw800. I intend it to use almost 95% for Aperture masters to free up space on my internal.
  5. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    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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