[somewhat OT] 5400 rpm drives

James Alton jamesalton.ut at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 08:13:51 MDT 2019

Faster spinning drives = lower seek times. I'd also look at bulk throughput.
If you wanted low seek times (maybe for a database or accessing tiny
files?), you'd probably want SSD.
Slower spinning drives will *probably* mean less frequent drive failure.
(Heat tends to speed up failure, and more spinning = more heat.)

For picking specific drives though, I'd personally just go with what
Backblaze has tested:

James Alton

On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 8:02 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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