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 Pyree a b G Storage 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. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedWhich hard drive is faster? (5400rpm SSHD vs 7200 rpm SSHD) Forum Solved7200 RPM DUAL HARD DRIVE vs 5400 RPM HYBRID - Which is better? Forum SolvedUsb 3.0 on 7200 rpm drive vs sata 5400 rpm Forum Solved5400RPM Or 7200RPM Hard Drive Forum Solved7200rpm HDD vs 5400rpm HDD With 128GB Os Drive Forum 5400RPM vs 7200RPM HDD for OS Drive Forum 5400-7200 RPM Hard Drive Upgrade Forum WILL A 7200 RPM HARD DRIVE DRIVE WORK IN PLACE OF 5400 Forum Can i use a 5400 rpm and a 7200 rpm hard drive at the same time in my notebook Forum 7200rpm + 5400rpm Hard drives, PC running slowly! Forum Solved1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive vs 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive? Forum External drive- usb 3 vs 5400rpm Forum Anyone know a USB 3.0 1 TB 7200 rpm external hard drive? Forum USB 3.0 external HDD vs. internal 7200 RPM drive for movies/games? Forum Rate this drive vs a regular 5400 RPM hard drive for gaming Forum Solved5400rpm vs 7200rpm HDD for laptop Forum Solved1TB @ 7200RPM (sata III - 6GB/s) thermal performance vs 1TB 5400RPM (sata III - 3GB/s) Forum SolvedHow much faster is a 7200 RPM drive than a 5400 RPM drive Forum Solved5400rpm vs 7200 Forum SolvedWD Blue 1TB @7200 RPM vs Green 2TB @5400 RPM Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !