dealssamsung spinpoint 2tb 5400 rpm 32mb cache sata 3…

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Be aware, 5400 RPMs is a SLOW speed for data reading (standard is 7200). Depends on what you're reading off of it, but if it's memory intensive, this is probably not a good choice.

Fellow wooters, what can 2 terabytes at 5400 RPMs be useful for? Holding video, maybe?

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5400rpm is fine for most applications actually, unless you are doing video editing. Besides that, you need to check out the reviews of the faster units in the size range; they are horrible to say the least.

One thing about newegg reviews, when you have something that gets tons of positive reviews and little horrible reviews then you have a real gem. This drive has 512 review giving it 5 eggs @ 71% and 51 reviews giving it 1 egg @ 7%; it is the best 2TB drive on newegg today with over 300 reviews. How the Western Digital WD20EARS is ranked higher with only 45% 5 egg and 24% 1 egg reviews is beyond me. I am thinking of getting the HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 7200rpm 2TB drive as a boot drive, the reviews have been great on it but just not enough of them; I no longer am willing to be a guinea pig with hard drives, I want a good track record.

I have 5 of these in my computer right now, 4 are full of games, videos, music, etc. No issues and they run up to 30 degrees cooler than other drives.

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What you forget is that the difference in performance is nowhere near exponential. I get good read and write speeds, seek times stay nearly the same as that's dependent on how fast the r/w heads move.

They load windows fine, they load games fine, they run fast enough for most people as most performance issues are caused by random reads and writes and not the linear ones.

Now, if all of your files were very large multi gigabyte sized and completely defragged, then yes, you should expect to see more performance out of a 7200RPM drive.

For straight reads and writes, 5400 is only 25% slower than 7200. Most hard drives I've seen get about 90MBPS, yet this drive gets me about 75+MBPS on straight writes.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hard-drive-constellation,2630-6.html

As you can see, it's not a dramatic difference. There are lots of people still using ancient 250GB HDD's and older 500GB HDDs.

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The hard drive's density is high, so chances are, it's faster than a lot of other hard drives. 5400RPM matters if you're using this as a boot drive, which you probably won't if you're computer savvy enough to change hard drives. It's better suited as a data drive--to fill with your, erm, legally acquired movie files.

I have a few of these. They work well, but it seems that quality isn't as consistent as, say, Western Digitals. Some may make more seek noise than others. Some may also vibrate more than others. I have yet to have one fail on me, though. Still--YMMV.

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These drives are one of the best 2tb drives, as long as you update the firmware. If you don't want to update the firmware, you would be better off getting something else. Firmware update: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386

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these drives are great, i have a bunch and i have no problems with the speed at all, mostly used for watching videos.

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They are actually great for watching video. I upgraded all of my Tivos to spinpoints that were running at 5400 (which is what speed the factory drives all were at least in the old days) because they run cooler. The decrease in speed and therefore heat is way more beneficial in a DVR than the additional speed would offer. Going to 7200 offers absolutely zero benefit in a DVR situation in my experience.

I know others who put the 7200 drives in and had crash after crash and drives burning out like crazy. I've had spin points running for 4+ years constantly with ZERO problems. Granted they were the smaller sized drives, but the ones I used were nearly silent and were a terrific compromise in noise/heat/speed.

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Thanks, learned some things I didn't know before - when I was looking up things with one of my friends who does heavy video editing, I didn't let her down, at least!