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I'm looking for a 2TB HDD for storage (movies, photos, files) and games so was wondering should I get a 5400RPM or 7200RPM drive?
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7200, games run like crap on 5400.
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I'm looking for a 2TB HDD for storage (movies, photos, files) and games so was wondering should I get a 5400RPM or 7200RPM drive?


Hi @Lither!

Basically it should be better to go with a higher RPM since 5400RPM is usually used for mass storage where the speed is not of any keen importance.

A 7200RPM HDD should give you faster loading times, but do have in mind that games rely on the storage's performance only for the loading times and autosaves - the FPS and graphics will stay completely unaffected. A few games need to load huge texture packs while in-game (usually open-world games and MMOs).

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have. smile.gif
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Performance wise (seek/random access) there is about 30% gap between 5400/5900 and 7200 rpms.

IMHO 5400/5900 today is piece of antiquated technology. Slower HDDs are not cheaper than 7200 rpm which is really no-brainer when deciding which one to pick. 5400/5900 is fairly decent for storing movies, but the moment you access it or move data, performance hit will be obvious. Especially if you want full size BR rips. The worst case scenario is using slow spinners for millions of small files (documents, photos), that's just pain. Pure and simple.
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i have 5400 and 7200 rpm WD blue, i strongly recommend u to pick 7200rpm HDD 5400 peaks 110mb/s only when tranfering files and if u start up game it will take longer and also when doing file transfer 7200rpm will be much faster
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