Should I get a 10,000 RPM hard drive or a 7,200 RPM drive if I am looking for speed?

by on December 18, 2009

Q: Wondering if someone could tell me my best option between two hard drives. Looking for speed not size.

Would it be better to go with this 1.5gbs WD raptor WD740GD-00FLA1 10,000 RPM drive or an average 3gbs 7200 RPM drive such as this WD2502ABYS-01B7A0.

3 Responses to “Should I get a 10,000 RPM hard drive or a 7,200 RPM drive if I am looking for speed?”

    If speed is your #1 concern, consider going with a solid state drive (SSD). It will blow everything else out of the water.

    Here are a few reviews to get you started: has a big database of benchmarks as well.


    Agreed, but that is kind of out of my price range. If price wasn’t a factor I wouldn’t be asking this question about this older 1.5gps drive. So I’m looking for the best for speed at the cheapest price between these two options. So can you make a recommendation based on the two options I listed?


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    I really wouldn’t suggest either of these. The 10,000 RPM will help with random seek time, but the other dated parts will slow you down for data transfer. The 700rpm drive you mention is really overpriced for what it is.

    I’d suggest the 640GB Caviar Black, WD6401AALS. I’m running this drive at home and it’s a great performer. If you want even more speed, buy two and run them in RAID-0.