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Is there a noticable difference between 5900rpm and 7200rpm HDD?

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August 21, 2012 9:08:02 PM


I have a bit of extra cash at the moment and since my Win7 is dead, I will need to re-install it. I was wondering if I should get a 7200 rpm HDD for my programs. Now they are installed on a 5900 rpm HDD. Is there a noticable difference between a 5900rpm and a 7200rpm HDD? I do have an SSD but it's far too small for my programs. At the moment, I have 5 TBs of 5900 rpm HDD storage and 180 GBs of SSD memory. Is it worth buying a 500 GB 7200rpm HDD? Will it be noisy and emit a lot of heat? Should I save up for an SSD?

Thanks for your time!

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August 21, 2012 9:11:43 PM

And, of course I mean 5400 rpm - not 5900 rpm.

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August 22, 2012 12:08:13 PM

I'd expect seek times to be faster since the platter is spinning faster. Reading/writing should be faster too, but I wouldn't expect this to be a significant gain. If this is a gaming rig, I'd go with the 7200. You'll get a little more heat, but as long as your case has proper air flow, it will be fine.

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August 22, 2012 12:27:18 PM

Well, it's audio editing/gaming rig. So, I might benefit from an upgrade in both areas. Thanks for your input!
August 22, 2012 12:27:24 PM

Best answer selected by mon4ro.