5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm external hard drive Tags: Hard Drives Connection External Hard Drive Usb3 Storage Last response: November 6, 2011 1:28 AM in Storage Share chasso November 5, 2011 4:15:40 PM I'm shopping for an external hard drive with a USB 3.0 connection. Will a 7200 rpm drive perform better than a 5400 rpm drive or is the USB 3.0 connection the limiting factor for throughput? More about : 5400 rpm 7200 rpm external hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Pyree November 6, 2011 1:28:32 AM The mechanical HDD is the bottleneck, not USB 3.0. 7200rpm will be faster than 5400rpm but nothing too major for external storage. It matters more if you use it as internal drive and boot and run program from it. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm external hard drive> Related ressources: Forum5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM ForumRAID 0 7200 RPM vs RAID 1 5400 RPM ForumSATA 5400RPM vs SATA 7200 RPM in a laptop Forum5400 rpm hard drive versus 7200 rpm performance Forum7200RPM vs 5400RPM ForumAdvice on 5400 vs 7200RPM ForumUSB 3.0 External 2.5" Enclosure ( 5400 or 7200 rpm ?) Forum5400 vs 7200 RPM Drives in RAID5 Forum7200rpm vs . 5400rpm laptop HDD question Forum5400 vs 7200 RPM Forum750GB 5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM Forum5400 rpm vs . 7200 rpm ForumI7 5400rpm vs 15 7200rpm ForumExternal drive - usb 3 vs 5400rpm Forum5400 vs 7200 rpm ... ForumIs it possible to install windows on a external hdd?????? ForumHow can i retrieve previous files from hard drives ForumI couldnt see my files in my external hard disc ForumHard Drive Displaying as BD-Rom ForumHard Drive format Issue More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !