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How much faster is a 7200 RPM drive than a 5400 RPM drive

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August 15, 2013 9:09:25 PM

Going to buy a Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM hdd soon. Operating system is Windows 7. How much faster do you think I could load up my games,OS, etc.
August 15, 2013 9:17:52 PM

Not that much, expect a few seconds faster in game loading. Others such as OS would be quite marginal.
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August 15, 2013 9:36:40 PM

5400 rpm drives are as slow as dirt.i think you will notice a definite difference.
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August 16, 2013 5:13:38 AM

I'd says the 7200 rpm drive is about 1800rpm faster. :lol:  I wouldn't use a 5400rpm drive for gaming or programs. However, they are good for storage drives.
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August 16, 2013 7:27:57 AM

As Hawkeye has said above, a 5,400 rpm hard drive is going to be just fine for storing files long term, but they are pretty slow even when compared with 7,200 rpm hard drives. Your primary storage is the slowest part of your whole computer, so the faster you can get that the faster and more efficient overall your entire computer system will operate.
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August 16, 2013 7:48:46 AM

From my experience, platter density seems to make a bigger difference than 5400rpm vs. 7200rpm.
August 16, 2013 11:05:55 AM

fzabkar said:
Be aware that the 2TB Seagate drive comes in two versions. The faster one has 2 platters, while the slower one has 3.

Thanks for the heads up! Any idea on how I could get the faster one with 2 platters? Or do I simply have to pick one and hope I get the faster version.

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August 16, 2013 11:38:21 AM

It's a long thread, but it explains what to look for, namely the serial numbers and the depression in the cover.