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post #21 of 29
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Oh, I didn't realize there were some good deals on 7200 RPM. I guess it would be stupid to get a 5400 with such a nominal price jump (if any) for the 7200 RPM.

Thanks for the help all!
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post #22 of 29
Look into a samsung F3 1TB. Newegg has em
great drive at a good price
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post #23 of 29
I've used 5,400, 7,200 and 10,000. All three of them had similar transfer rates, but access time was vastly different. 7.2k seems to be the sweet spot, not to mention power usage and noise is barely noticeable over low-power drives. As far as I can tell, you should only consider 5.4k drives for situations where noise, cost/GB and ventilation are concerns.
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post #24 of 29
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That Samsung F3 on NewEgg looks like a winner. Thanks 10halec
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post #25 of 29
Depends what drives you are talking about.

I used a 20GB 5400RPM Seagate hard drive from the 90s and it took around 3 minutes to boot into Windows 7, and then I had to wait another minute or two to be able to do anything, and then I had to wait maybe 10 seconds to open even My Computer.

I started to use a 120GB 2.5" Hitachi drive from a laptop I had lying around just for booting and I noticed a massive increase, maybe of about 2 and a half minutes, even though it's a 5400RPM drive.

I have to say though... neither of them can even nearly compare to my 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 drive, so much faster in every way.

I wish I could use my RAID0 drives for booting, but I can't. So I'll have to wait until I have the money for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.


As a side note, if you're low on money, get either a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drive (or two), or get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. Don't listen to what people say about Seagate being unreliable, that was with the 7200.11 drives - 7200.12 are perfectly reliable and are by far the best drives for price/performance out right now - unbeatable. They are almost as fast as a Spinpoint F3 and they only cost about $35 for 500GB.
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post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by WaterMelnKidd View Post
I wish I could use my RAID0 drives for booting, but I can't. So I'll have to wait until I have the money for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.
When you RAID your drives, you increase data transfer performance at the cost of access time. So, if you had RAID-0 set up you'd actually see an increase in boot times.
    
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np
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post #28 of 29
yes
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post #29 of 29
i am kind of a crack head with drives so i would say yes go for the 7200 or just be like me get a couple of ssds, then raid 0 two F3Rs for storage and steam lol
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