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

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.
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  1. Not that much, expect a few seconds faster in game loading. Others such as OS would be quite marginal.
  2. 5400 rpm drives are as slow as dirt.i think you will notice a definite difference.
  3. Be aware that the 2TB Seagate drive comes in two versions. The faster one has 2 platters, while the slower one has 3.

    http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/crawl_message?board.id=ata_drives&message.id=28513
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. From my experience, platter density seems to make a bigger difference than 5400rpm vs. 7200rpm.
  7. 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.

    http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/crawl_message?board.id=ata_drives&message.id=28513


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