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I am badly in need of a new drive for my game storage and my budget is only going to be about $50, so I have been looking at used drives here on the OCN marketplace. There is a 1TB 7200rpm drive I am interested in, but for only 10 bucks more someone has a 2TB 5400rpm drive (which also has about half of the power-on hours of the 1TB.)

Now, I am also going to get an SSD at the end of the month and plan to put games that already load slowly on that, such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and my heavily modded Skyrim. The rest of my games will be on whatever HDD I buy on the 18th when ebay finally unlocks the money from something I sold a few days ago.

Is there really that noticeable a difference between a modern 5400rpm drive and a modern 7200rpm drive? As in, are we talking a difference of 5-10 seconds added to loading times, or something more drastic? Keep in mind that what I am upgrading from is a 7,200 RPM laptop drive that has been heavily used for about 4 years.
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for starters, a used hdd isn't the best idea.. but if u must, find out the model number and google the specs, typicaly tho 5400 rpm drives do have a slower seek time.



Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM

59.99$ brand new on newegg.com (7200) free shipping



wait.. external? or internal?

cuz if external thru a usb port go with a 5400, ud likely not notice a difference.
Edited by GregoryD - 4/12/14 at 4:06pm
post #3 of 19
you could also just look up the specs for the current drive you are upgrading from and compare it to the new drives you are considering to determine if it will be faster or slower than what you have.
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Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM

59.99$ brand new on newegg.com (7200) free shipping

This, look for a WD 1TB Blue drive, sometimes you can find them on sale.


Not sure if shipping is included in the price.

56.99
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1018
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for starters, a used hdd isn't the best idea.. but if u must, find out the model number and google the specs, typicaly tho 5400 rpm drives do have a slower seek time.



Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM

59.99$ brand new on newegg.com (7200)

Yeah, I am aware of that drive, but on my current budget even the $50 for the 2TB is pushing it.

I have actually pretty much decided on the 2TB, assuming my assumptions are correct.
It is a HITACHI Cinema Star HGST 5K2000 2TB, the seller posted a screenshot of a HDD Health monitor shows about 18 months of power-on time, and it is a newer model that was unveiled at CES 2011.
Now.. my assumptions.. It was designed for use in surveillance systems and DVRs. In my mind that means that it was designed for 24/7 operation with constant reads and writes, so the fact that it has been operational for just about a year and a half, in my mind, means that it should be in pretty good working order, at least until I have the money to get what I really want, which is a 2TB SSHD.
Also I have a friend who had a hitachi drive that lasted him 7 years. I know about the "Deathstar" drive, but I figure a newer drive of a different model should be ok.

But also.. back to my main question.. I know the 5400rpm will be slower than 7200, but are we talking a matter of a few seconds or something more drastic?
Edited by DiaSin - 4/12/14 at 4:18pm
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looks like it is free shipping... however for the extra 3$ id rather deal with the all-stars at newegg if something goes wrong.
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honestly.. less than a few seconds
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and seeing that you are upgrading from a older 2.5 drive that's 7200, the new 5400 drive likely beats it in every way anyway.. is the 5400 a 3gbps or 6??
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and seeing that you are upgrading from a older 2.5 drive that's 7200, the new 5400 drive likely beats it in every way anyway.. is the 5400 a 3gbps or 6??

6gbps. Here is the spec sheet. http://www.span.com/product/Hitachi-HGST-CinemaStar-5K2000-HCS5C2020ALA632-0F13415-SATA-6Gb-2TB-5400rpm~33696
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my parents pc I built has a 5400 500gb 3gbps in it running windows 7 on a q6600 core2 quad, my livingroom htpc has a 7200 1tb 3gbps with a e6800 core2 duo... the slower 5400 boots faster than the faster drive with the slower cpu, so in my opinion, and from what ive seen the difference will be minimal
Edited by GregoryD - 4/12/14 at 4:30pm
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