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Thread: Saving money on rpms




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    I don't have the biggest budget and I want to save some money by getting a 5400 rpm 80 gb hdd instead of a 7200 rpm one. How will it really affect me in real life and is it worth it? :confused:

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    The biggest disadvantage that I see i doing that is waranty periods. 5400 rpm drives ocme with a 1 year warranty. a western digital se drive comes with a 3 year warranty.

    Data transfer is not really affected with the lower rpm drive, just seek time which means its gonna take longer to actually get to the data.

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    5400 is better suited for smaller drives IMO

    like VinnieVen said, it affects your seek time. on larger drives (like 80 GB) that have a good bit of data on them, it can be more noticeable.

    I think you may be a little better off getting two 40 GB drives instead
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    In my experience, there is a recognizable difference bettween 5400 and 7200rpm drives. I don't know where you live, but I keep seeing 7200rpm, 80gb drives for $80us after rebate at the retail stores. There is no way I would buy a 5400rpm drive for use as a primary drive.

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    Right, for a primary I'd say no way.... unless you're using it for the internet. If you plan to really 'do' anything with it, I wouldn't advise it. If it's just to as a seperate 'storage' drive, should be too bad.
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    Drive size (in GB) does not have a direct correlation with seek time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeradul
    Drive size (in GB) does not have a direct correlation with seek time.
    actually, it does, bigger drive size leads to denser plates, which improves seek time a bit. i think..

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    I see your point, and that is why the larger the drive (in GB) relates to higher read speeds, but for seek times, the data you need might still be one revolution away and the only thing that will increase the time it takes to 'come around' is faster spindle speed.
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