A hard disk drive (HDD) uses magnetic disks (or platters) to store data. An arm sits on top of these platters and reads and writes data as the disks spin at speeds of thousands of RPM (revolutions per minute). The speed that these platters spin, among other factors, will affect how well your hard drive performs.
While an SSD is faster than an HDD, a traditional hard disk drive is cheaper and lasts longer. So, it all depends on what you want to use them for. It is best to use an HDD to back up all of your documents, movies, photos, and other files. Then you can use an SSD to run your operating system and programs as fast as possible.
With the SSD season slowing down, we finally get to break free and spend some time on other storage technology. The mechanical hard drive world has made some advances in recent months. Some of the biggest news has come from companies like Western Digital increasing the platter density on their disks. The 1TB mark for the 2.5\" form factor was hit over a year ago, but all of the early drives used 15mm drive heights with three spinning platters. Western Digital was the first with a 1TB 15mm drive and they are also one of the first with a standard notebook size 1TB drive as well.
The SATA power and data connectors are also where they should be. With all of the hardware positioned as it should, you won't have any problems installing the Scorpio Blue in your notebook or drive sled.
AIDA64 offers several different benchmarks for testing and optimizing your system or network. The Random Access test is one of very few if not only that will measure hard drives random access times in hundredths of milliseconds as oppose to tens of milliseconds.
FutureMark has developed a good set of hard disk tests for their PCMark Vantage Suite. Windows users can count on Vantage to show them how a drive will perform in normal day to day usage scenarios. For most users these are the tests that matter since many of the old hat ways to measure performance have become ineffective to measure true Windows performance.
Many users complain that I/O Meter is too complicated of a benchmark to replicate results so my quest to find an alternative was started. Passmark has added several multi-user tests that measure a hard drives ability to operate in a multi-user environment.
Although 7200 RPM hard drives are faster than 5400 RPM drives, 5400 RPM drives offer an average of 100 MB/s read and write speeds, while 7200 RPM drives deliver an average of 120 MB/s read and write speeds. If you are trying to choose, consider that both drives are virtually identical, but with the difference that a 7200 RPM drive is around 20 percent faster than a 5400 RPM drive.
This guide is focused on traditional rotating platter hard drives as the focus here is on drives to store a large amount of data. Of course, hybrid drives and Solid State Drives (SSD) offer better performance, but they do not provide as much capacity and are still quite expensive.
All new computers should be shipping with solid state drives (SSDs). Solid state drives have no moving parts. There is a startling difference in performance between a computer with an SSD and a computer with a traditional spinning hard drive. If you get a solid state drive, a new computer will work the way you expect it to. Click on a program and the program starts. Switch between programs and the programs run at full speed without noticeable delays.
Spinning hard drives spin at two different speeds, 7200 RPM and 5400 RPM. There is a noticeable difference in performance between the two, when the drives are running the operating system and opening programs.
But if your new computer has a 5400 RPM hard drive . . . well, picture a golf cart going up that freeway onramp. It will get to the freeway. Eventually. It will get to the destination. Eventually. No one involved is going to enjoy the experience.
Too many all-in-ones are built with fine components, except for the slow hard drive. The Dell Inspiron 24 3000, for example, can be purchased with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8Gb of RAM and a touchscreen for $799, but performance will be miserable with the 5400 RPM hard drive. Dell does not offer an SSD or faster drive as an option.
I was sorta hoping for some facts to back up your claims. While your assertion is true that 7200RPM drives are faster than 5400RPM drives, I was looking for data that would suggest how much faster, and whether that made any difference given a particular motherboard, processor, and so on.
I built a new pc . It has two hdd ,one new 7200rpm 2gb and one 5400rpm 500gb old hddOs and programs are installed in new hddOld hdd used to store only movies songs files etcBut the pc tends to takr more time to load files in new drive
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Now the confusing part: Most new drives are 7200 RPM, as opposed to good old 5400 RPM. 7200 RPM used to mean extra heat, but suddenly it's almost impossible to find a 5400 RPM in 2.5\". What did I miss
If you bought a SSD I'd suggest you take the old HDD out and use it as an external hard drive to store personal files or media content. Generally, you won't be using that stuff as often and the convenience of being able to take them with you without hauling your computer around is worth it.
Use the SSD mainly for the operating system and applications. Having all of your personal files or media content on your computer's hard drive leave them at risk of corruption or loss if your system becomes infected or the drive goes bad. Plus, as the capacity increases the price goes way up.
One last thing. Before you make your final decision about buying a specific drive look and see what the reviews on Newegg say about it. For hardware reviews, Newegg has the best reviews you'll find anywhere coming from highly-skilled and highly-technical people. Even if you don't buy from there, check out what people are saying about the particular model on their site and I guarantee, you'll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.
Actually I personally have not noticed that 5400 RPM drives are any less available now. Here is a link to a comparison at diskcompare.com. It seems to be mostly a marketing site so don't trust it blindly. But if you approach it just as a site with possibly useful info then I have found it helpful.
A major factor behind the change in hard drives over the last few years has been increased platter bit density. The increased bit density is also why even the 5400 RPM drives are faster now. Yes, 7200 RPM should give you better performance. But the difference between 5400 & 7200 for a casual user is often not as pronounced as it was just a few years ago.
IMO a large portion of the cost of a hard drive is fixed: the cost of the platters, casing, integrated electronics. So in some sense you usually get the worst deal with lower capacity drives because the price can't go low enough to match the GB/$ ratio's you'll see for the larger drives.
Internal transfer rate is important, because it defines the internal connection type. If you had a 66/100MB/s connection before, you had a PATA hard drive. 150MB/s is SATA I, 300MB/s is SATA II, 600MB/s is SATA III. Generally speaking - the SATAs are all backwards compatible with each other, but if your laptop takes a PATA hard drive, you cannot use a SATA hard drive. I would consult the spec sheet from your notebook, which is probably somewhere on the manufacturer website, for this info.
Comment Western Digital has pipped Seagate in the small form factor (SFF) areal density hard disk drive stakes with today's 1TB Scorpio Blue, which, in My Passport Essential SE form, compares to Seagate's 640GB FreeAgent Go. However the Seagate product is a two-platter one, meaning 320GB/platter, whereas WD's has three.
WD's faster Scorpio Black notebook drives spin at 7200rpm and hold up to 320GB. Seagate has a Momentus 7200.4 7200rpm drive offering 500GB. It's a two-platter, 250GB/platter model fitting the 9.5mm depth requirement. It also has the Momentus 5400.6 drive spinning at 5400rpm and offering up to 500GB.
The 320GB/platter drive is, we suspect, or will be a Momentus 5400.7. Stifel Nicolais analyst Aaron Rakers says: \"Seagate had announced that it has delivered its 320GB/platter, two-platter 2.5-inch solution to its US retail partners and a ramp is anticipated in the September quarter.\"
So the second intuitively obvious development would be for Seagate to move to the next level of SFF perpendicular recording technology and attain an areal density of... what exactly WD bumped up its 250GB/platter Scorpio Blue areal density by a third to get to 333GB/platter, If Seagate applied a 33 per cent areal density uplift to its 320GB/platter technology it would arrive at 425GB/platter. This would give it an 850GB/2-platter drive spinning at 5400rpm.
That would produce a 1TB, 5400rpm, 2.5-inch drive. Ramp that down to acceptable read and write rates at 7,200rpm and it would have WD beat at both 5400rpm and 7200rpm capacity levels, at the internal notebook drive 2-platter product level, and in the retail shelf SFF drive capacity stakes. 153554b96e