Does hard drive RPM matter all that much?

mikee

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I am thinking of buying a 4TB HDD because my 1.5 TB is getting full. My current HDD is a Seagate ST1500DM003-9YN16G 1500.3 GB or something which is 7200 rpm. This is for files and I have an SSD for my OS and programs. I am thinking of replacing that drive with this drive
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...459-3992b9367a0d&pf_rd_r=3M214RTA2MFJ5Y1274G8

Mostly I have files like music, games, Videos and VMs on this drive. I am wondering if there will be a significant degradation in performance going from 7200rpm to 5900RPM
 

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There will be a noticeable difference from what your used to now. Your talking almost a 20% speed loss. I would stick with 7200 drives myself.

Edit: If all your doing is playing media files and such from a 5900 drive, you will have a little lag time from opening the file to actual playing, but I would not put VM stuff or anything heavy like that on them.
 

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I would but so far I am not seeing too many 7200rpm hard drives over 2TB. On amazon as soon as I select the 4TB option the models available are 5400-5900 RPM. Do you have any suggestions?
 

mikee

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wow the price sure shoots up for the extra speed. Might look into the Seagate IronWolf one. It says that's a NAS drive and I intend to use it in my desktop. Is that going to give me any issues?
 

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You're looking at the older model. THe speed doesn't matter that much for files that mostly will just sit there. I wouldn't put VMs on a drive like this unless they don't get much use and aren't rebooted very often. The 4TB regular Ironwolf is 99 and 5900RPM. It's a NAS drive so it'll be able to handle more abuse than a regular desktop drive. Also, a slower spinning drive that isn't thrashed constantly will produce less heat than a 7200RPM drive. THe 256MB cache makes up for a lot of the speed loss.

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Iron...7200+rpm&qid=1561431027&s=gateway&sr=8-9&th=1
 

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For a desktop you definitely want a 7200 rpm drive for the added performance boost. On a laptop, the slower turning drive will use less power so will be less load on the battery which might be a good compromise. However, with the cost of an SSDs dropping, I'd opt for an SSD in a laptop over a 5400 or 5900 rpm spinner.
 
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The 4TB regular Ironwolf is 99 and 5900RPM. It's a NAS drive so it'll be able to handle more abuse than a regular desktop drive. Also, a slower spinning drive that isn't thrashed constantly will produce less heat than a 7200RPM drive. THe 256MB cache makes up for a lot of the speed loss.

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Iron...7200+rpm&qid=1561431027&s=gateway&sr=8-9&th=1

All their 5900rpm drives are 64MB cache only unfortunately

However, with the cost of an SSDs dropping, I'd opt for an SSD in a laptop over a 5400 or 5900 rpm spinner.

~$500 for a qvo 4TB is a little different from $90 for a 4TB spinner though :p
 
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