[somewhat OT] 5400 rpm drives

Grant Shipley gshipley at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 08:12:27 MDT 2019

Depends on what you are using your NAS for.  I mainly use mine for media
and document storage so I use the green drives.

For a desktop, I honestly wouldn't consider a spinning disk any longer and
would just add another ssd.


On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 10:02 AM Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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