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#1 bruinator

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:51 PM

IF 2 hd were 500GB in size. One of them RPM's is listed as 7200 RPM 16MB Cache and the other is listed as 5400 to 7200 RPM 16MB Cache, would I even notice the difference in RPM? Please let me know. Here is a write up.

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=532&pgno=0

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:02 PM

Well...I would notice :thumbsup:.

As one who has had PATA 5400 and 7200 drives employed at the same time, doing file transfers...the transfer will be a bit slower than if you had 2 7200 drives.

I used to buy 5400 drives all the time because they were significantly cheaper and served the storage function well...but there's no reason to even consider a 5400 drive today, unless it's a laptop.

In fact, if I were buying a hard drive this moment...it would be a SATA drive of some sort. If I didn't have SATA capability on my motherboard, I would simply buy a SATA controller card and throw it in a PCI slot...and use SATA hard drives.

How To Choose A Hard Drive, http://www.directron.com/howtochoosha.html

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FWIW: The drive in your link is a SATA drive. Depending on your motherboard or system, you may not be able to directly connect such to your motherboard. Someone could give you a good answer...if you provided that info (system/motherboard manufacturer and model of same).

Edited by hamluis, 02 March 2009 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:11 PM

Mobo is an intel D945GTP.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:02 PM

Intel data on board: http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/d945gtp/index.htm

You have 4 SATA and 1 PATA/IDE connector, same as my board on my other system.

You have SATA connection capability and that drive would have no problem installing, as long as you have the proper power supply connectors and the connecting cable.

There is one thing about SATA that I should mention and that's the fact that there are two specs floating around right now. Both SATA l and SATA II drives are faster than IDE/PATA drives...but SATA IIs are faster than SATA Is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

If I were buying today, I would try to get SATA II capability...users have to look closely at the description of what drive they are buying these days.

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