[somewhat OT] 5400 rpm drives

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 08:01:51 MDT 2019


The last time I bought a hard drive was nearly 8 years ago now, and my
little storage server just had a failure so I was shopping for a couple
of new disks for it.  I've heard a lot of people really like the WD Red
drives, which are "designed for NAS," whatever that means.  I am hard
pressed to find any drives that are 4 TB or larger that are 7200 rpm.
Seems like everything is 5400 rpm.  Does this even matter?  With the
bigger drive sizes are they back to using multiple platters and heads
such that the seek and transfer time on a 5400 drive? is still better
than any older 7200 rpm drive?

Finally, for a desktop machine, would you go with a WD Blue drive?
Although with the price difference of a Red drive is just a few dollars,
would that be a good choice for a desktop computer?

thanks,
Michael


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