How To forum

Resolved Question

Which is better a 5400 rpm or a 7200 rpm hard drive and why?

by tedmathews / August 2, 2011 3:44 PM PDT

I'm ready to upgrade but both speed drives are offered as thou they are the same - which is better in the long haul with 2TB's or better?

tedmathews has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Which is better a 5400 rpm or a 7200 rpm hard drive and why?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Which is better a 5400 rpm or a 7200 rpm hard drive and why?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by tedmathews

Collapse -
by tubaloth / August 3, 2011 3:09 AM PDT

5400 is slower (doesn't read and write as fast) but uses less power

Collapse -
by tedmathews / August 3, 2011 3:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Depends

Either seems to work - thanks for the help.

Collapse -
You have to decide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2011 12:33 AM PDT

If the 7200 speed is worth it. No one can tell you if you think that's better or the slightly less speedy 5400 with it's less heat and noise (usually) makes it the better choice.

You have to define "better."

Collapse -
by tedmathews / August 3, 2011 3:55 PM PDT
In reply to: You have to decide.

Either seems to work - thanks for the help.Ted

Collapse -
Which is better?
by Fi0S-Dave / August 6, 2011 1:31 AM PDT

Depends on your usage.
If you are using it as a shotput, the 5400 rpm drive is a bit lighter, so it
will probably travel further.
If you are aiming at a target, the 7400 rpm drive will do more damage.

All kidding aside, you probably won't notice a speed difference.
For a laptop, the 5400 RPM drive will consume less power.
If you use your laptop as a desktop, it won't matter, so if there is
a small price difference, I would go for the 7200 RPM drive.
That may also improve your chances of selling the laptop, later on.


Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.