Is 5400RPM better than 7200RPM? (Regarding the lifespan)

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by arsie, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. arsie

    arsie New Member

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    Ok, my friend tells me that 7200RPM, although faster, is not a wise decision.

    He says that since it is spinning so fast, it is more likely to malfunction in the future and has a much shorter lifespan than the 5400RPM.

    Is this true?

    From my experience, all I can say is that my 3 hard drives which were 7200RPM have all failed me after a year or two of use. I ended up with clicking noises at first, and then they slowly died.

    However, I have had a 5400RPM drive for about 3 or 4 years now and its still working beautifully?

    Can anyone clarify this for me?
     
  2. dave597

    dave597 VIP Member

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    im not sure. if this is the case then why do people buy raptors? hard drives normally have quite a long mtbf, longer than 1/2 years i think. because 7200 are built after 5400 drives this means they are built using better technology and less likely to fail?
     
  3. Yeti

    Yeti VIP Member

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    Well, if that were the case then the sub-5000 rpm drives would be even better. I don't know if there's any true correlation between the higher the speed and the longer the life. I've had both 5400 and 7200 rpm drives die on me. I think its more of a brand/quality/technology issue. As the drives get faster, the bearing technology usually advances lessening the strain the drive motor sees. I know there's been some advances in the read/write head technology too, but I don't remember them off the top of my head. Basically to sum up - you can use a 5400 rpm drive if you feel safer and don't mind the slower speed, but its probably not necessary since all drives run a risk of dying at inopportune times.
     
  4. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    No because:
    1. The 5400rpm drive is most likely older and any 'advantage' it has is nullified by the fact that it is already old and you'd be comparing to a relatively new 7200 rpm drive
    2. The mechanics and design have improved since the 5400rpm days .... 7200rpm drives last quite long :)
     
  5. Bobo

    Bobo banned

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    I'm still using a couple of hdds from mid-'90s, they work just fine
     
  6. Gew

    Gew New Member

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    Any news on this? I Google'd this question and landed on this thread. Sorry for a quite old rebump, but it's still a much up to date question. I don't know how many 7200RPM drives I've managed to break the last couple of years. Now consideringen a 5400RPM drive, eg. from Samsung's "EcoGreen" line. Ideas? Wildcard? 5400RPM vs 7200RPM in regards of lifespan? Truly?
     
  7. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 The Chicken Master Staff Member

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    My god six year thread bump? Really?

    The 5400RPM drives are cheaper and more "eco-friendly" by using slightly less power. As far as lifespan, they're the same as 7200RPM drives.
     

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