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 How does a 5400rpm hard drive compare to a USB flash drive in terms of read speed. Forum Solved5400RPM vs 7200RPM HDD for OS Drive Forum SolvedExternal 3.0 usb Hard drive Forum SolvedWhich hard drive is faster? (5400rpm SSHD vs 7200 rpm SSHD) Forum Solved7200rpm HDD vs 5400rpm HDD With 128GB Os Drive Forum SolvedHOW DO I FORMAT MY Seagate 3.5 inch External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 3TB TO NTFS Forum Solvedwhat is the fastest external hard drive with usb 3.0 port? Forum SolvedToshiba 500GB External 3.0 USB drive. I cannot get it to show as a drive under my computer. Forum Solved1TB @ 7200RPM (sata III - 6GB/s) thermal performance vs 1TB 5400RPM (sata III - 3GB/s) Forum SolvedExternal Usb 3.0 Hard drive not recognized on start up Forum Gigabyte Z97 not powering up my external usb 3.0 seagate drive upon restart/boot up. 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 2.5 inch laptop 5400rpm vs pata usb Forum SATA1 HDD vs External HDD on PCI-e/USB 3.0 Forum Western Digital external USB 3.0-3.0 TB-Drive came with Smartware, which I refer to as hellware, as it is the most annoying t Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !