External drive- usb 3 vs 5400rpm Tags: Hard Drives External Drive USB3 Storage Last response: November 15, 2012 11:24 PM in Storage Share jimlau November 15, 2012 11:07:28 PM which is faster - a usb 3.0 5400rpm drive, or usb 2.0 7200rpm drive? cost is a factor, or i'd get usb 3 with 7200 rpm. thanks. More about : external drive usb 5400rpm tomatthe a b G Storage November 15, 2012 11:24:52 PM The usb 3.0 drive should perform faster. The usb 2 drive is going to run about 25 to 30 MBps max which is much slower than the drive could offer, with the usb 2.0 connection being the limitation. The 5400 rpm drive should be a decent bit quicker than the 25 to 30MBps usb 2.0 could offer, and you would be able to use that speed over the usb 3.0 connection. If you posted what you planned to use the drives for that is always helpful. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources USB 3.0 external HDD vs. internal 7200 RPM drive for movies/games? Forum eSATA external hard drive speeds vs USB 3.0 Forum SolvedWhich hard drive is faster? (5400rpm SSHD vs 7200 rpm SSHD) Forum Solved7200rpm HDD vs 5400rpm HDD With 128GB Os Drive Forum Solved1TB @ 7200RPM (sata III - 6GB/s) thermal performance vs 1TB 5400RPM (sata III - 3GB/s) Forum 5400RPM vs 7200RPM HDD for OS Drive Forum SolvedExternal USB 3.0 Hard Drive - MBR Gone? Forum SolvedBoot failure when external USB 3.0 drive connected Forum SolvedUSB 3.0 won't recognize 4TB External Hard drive Forum SolvedExternal Hard Drive USB 3.0 slow speed Forum SolvedWD External Hard Drive Usb 3.0 randomly disconnecting and very slow transfer rate Forum SolvedUSB 3.0 External Hard Drive, extremely slow transfer Forum usb powered external hard drive vs ac powered Forum HOW DO I FORMAT MY Seagate 3.5 inch External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 3TB TO NTFS Forum what is the fastest external hard drive with usb 3.0 port? Forum Toshiba 500GB External 3.0 USB drive. I cannot get it to show as a drive under my computer. Forum SolvedCloning an external Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini 250gb to a new faster USB 3.0 drive Forum Toshiba HDTB105EK3AA 500GB Stor.E Basics USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive Black: Not working Forum SolvedIomega eGo 1TB USB3 External Hard Drive Problems Forum Solved2.5" 7200rpm vs 3.5" 5400rpm Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !