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Laptop drives: Seagate Firecuda SSHD vs 7200RPm HDD

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I need a 2.5 inch drive that is minimum 1TB to replace the extremely slow 5400RPM one I currently have. I can't use a SDD because they are just far too expensive for 1TB.

Then I was told about these Seagate Firecuda drives, and looked into them, the 2TB model was pretty cheap..... suspiciously so. I looked into them and noticed that they for some crazy reason were 5400RPM.

I looked at mechanical 2TB drives, but noticed that all of them are 5400RPM, the 7200RPM models only exist in enterprise-level drives that cost more than a SSD would, so that is out of the question.

So going back the 1TB drives, plenty of them exist in the 2.5 form factor at 7200RPM, but again, the Firecuda 1TB drives seemed to be 5400RPM....

Are there any 7200RPM models of the 1TB Firecudas? Several sites seem to list them as being 7200RPM, but Seagate themselves seem to purposely hide that spec (which makes it seem very suspiciously likely that they are 5400) and several people have insisted that they are just simply 5400.

Which would even perform better in this instance then if I am using it exclusively for gaming, a 5400RPM SSHD, or a 7200RPM HDD? They are about the same price anyway.
Edited by Cyber Akuma - 12/30/16 at 6:19pm
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I have a Firecuda for my game drive. Mostly steam games and it is faster then the 3.5 inch WD Black it replaced. I switched to the Firecuda because it was a 2.5 inch. 5400RPM vs 7200rpm doesn't really matter all that much for 2.5inch drives. hard drives with larger caches are normally faster. The Firecuda has a 128mb cache.

 

However the WD black 2.5inch drives are pretty good as well. Which are 7200 rpm.

 

They both have a 5 year warranty. 


Edited by ozlay - 12/30/16 at 6:36pm
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Hmm, in the cases of the 2TB SSHDs, there seems to be some more confusing information...

There seem to be two models of the 2TB SSHD model, ST2000DX001 and ST2000DX002. Neither of these are listed on the official Samsung spec sheets, for some reason the sheets don't seem to cover the 2TB models, only 1TB and smaller.

Now, common sense would tell you that the ST2000DX002 one is the newer model.... but according to Amazon, the ST2000DX002 came out last July, while the ST2000DX001 came out last October:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IEKG2HM/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1NHCZT

So then does this mean the ST2000DX001 is actually the newer model? Where can I even find out what the difference, if any, between the two models is since Samsung doesn't have a spec sheet for those models? And random tech sites I try to use to find into on them seem to list incorrect specs, such as half of them claiming they are 7200RPM instead of 5400RPM.
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I would stay away from the the thin 2TB 2.5" drives. They are rare but every single one of the ones I have seen come in have not been recoverable.

Personally, if I was going to go with a 7200 RPM drive I would go with a Hitachi or HGST drive. Coming from a guy who does data recovery for a living they are tanks. Pretty quick too.

Though, if you can get by with a 1TB of space why not just get an SSD? You can get one for about $150 more.

Also, from what I have seen and experienced, the SSHDs don't really give that much of a performance boost. It only caches reguarlly used files and not anything else.

Edit: the ST2000DX002 is a newer model/revision.
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