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HDD RPM for Backup / Restore

I have a choice between a HDD with 5400rpm vs 7200 for NAS, will it make any difference in the backup speed or restore?
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  1. yes , i have the same question , my ext hdd can't be used by my ps for playing games , is that a 5400rpm problem ? thank you
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    For an offline backup I would get a 7200rpm drive. It'll make your backups and restores faster. For a live backup particularly in a NAS box I would go with a NAS drive typically these are 5900rpm and specifically made to operate in RAID arrays. Not blazing fast but faster than 5400 drives. And more eco/electric/money friendly for always online operation than faster 7200rpm drives. But eco or 5400rpm drives are fine for these tasks as well. Just a little slower.

    I don't know about PS (playstation?) external drives. I know that you can use just about any type of drive for xbox external storage. The internal drive in an xbox is a 5400rpm drive. I suspect it's the same for PS. PS may have a special formatting that is preventing your drive from working.
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  3. grimfox said:
    For an offline backup I would get a 7200rpm drive. It'll make your backups and restores faster. For a live backup particularly in a NAS box I would go with a NAS drive typically these are 5900rpm and specifically made to operate in RAID arrays. Not blazing fast but faster than 5400 drives. And more eco/electric/money friendly for always online operation than faster 7200rpm drives. But eco or 5400rpm drives are fine for these tasks as well. Just a little slower.

    I don't know about PS (playstation?) external drives. I know that you can use just about any type of drive for xbox external storage. The internal drive in an xbox is a 5400rpm drive. I suspect it's the same for PS. PS may have a special formatting that is preventing your drive from working.



    So from what I understood, there's an HDD exclusively made for NAS @ 5900rpm.. There is not much of a difference between 7200rpm and 5900rpm, am I getting this right? in online cases i mean
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  4. There is a difference. NAS drives at 5900 rpm are closer in performance to 5400rpm drives. but they try to strike a balance between performance and energy use. There's also some internal magic and coding that makes them better suited to work in an array. I have 4x2tb WD red drives in a raid5 in a WD nas box. The raid array also improves write and read performance over a single drive. It would be faster with 4 WD black drive (7200rpm) but it would also use a lot more power.
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  5. neoxmel02 said:


    So from what I understood, there's an HDD exclusively made for NAS @ 5900rpm.. There is not much of a difference between 7200rpm and 5900rpm, am I getting this right? in online cases i mean


    I have 4 x 4TB Seagate Ironwolf drive in my NAS box.
    Those are specifically for NAS use. WD Red are the same.

    Don't stress on the RPM so much...look to the intended use.
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  6. Thank you so much for the answers. My concern has been clarified.
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