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Would I notice a difference in speed between 5400RPM vs 7200RPM using USB 2.0 in an external exclosure? I wouldn't think so, since both would be limited speed wise by USB 2.0. Reason I ask is because the difference in price in laptop HDDs (2.5) between 7.2K and 5.4K is about $80 with the same storage space.

I want 2.5, not 3.5, for size.
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yes the 7200 will be faster.. the usb 2.0 can handle i the speeds of both drives at top performance .. most drives 7200 pop ave transfers at about 33100KB and the usb 2.0 is 480mbs


http://www.everythingusb.com/usb2/faq.htm
http://www.realworldtech.com/page.cf...1801032003&p=2
    
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yes the 7200 will be faster.. the usb 2.0 can handle i the speeds of both drives at top performance .. most drives 7200 pop ave transfers at about 33100KB and the usb 2.0 is 480mbs


http://www.everythingusb.com/usb2/faq.htm
http://www.realworldtech.com/page.cf...1801032003&p=2
Only 32MB/s for ATA100? :***:

BTW- the only thing it'll be used for is music/pictures/movies/etc for the X360 and backups for things that I don't have hard copies for on CD and such.
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Only 32MB/s for ATA100? :***:

BTW- the only thing it'll be used for is music/pictures/movies/etc for the X360 and backups for things that I don't have hard copies for on CD and such.
then i would go with the 5400 save the cash.. its not like your gaming off of it.. or running the os.. you would be able to use a 5400 comfortably with your system like that
    
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True. Then again, I don't think I could even be able to afford a 7200RPM 2.5 HD thats at least 60GB.

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actually ata 100 is 100 MBS at least thats its top speed.. and ata 133 is will 133 MBS .. but most drives dont even touch those speeds.. i should of noticed that site i used was a little dated.. but again the performance of the 5400 wont be bad..
    
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actually ata 100 is 100 MBS at least thats its top speed.. and ata 133 is will 133 MBS .. but most drives dont even touch those speeds.. i should of noticed that site i used was a little dated.. but again the performance of the 5400 wont be bad..
Yah, but if you work out the numbers they get, it turns to 33MB/s.
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right.. thats true
    
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