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Author Topic: HD speed for Audio/Visual  (Read 2134 times)


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HD speed for Audio/Visual
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:35 AM »
Would a 5400 RPM drive be adequate to use for storing movies that I will watch on the local computer? I don't want to buy more features than I need and I'm thinking that the 5400 rpm will suffice and use less power.


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Re: HD speed for Audio/Visual
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 09:47 AM »
laptops tend to have 5400 rpm drives and they seem to play HD content okay. or, at least, windows 7 plays the "HD" file that comes as an example okay on my netbook.

someone else might be able to give you a case that wasn't successful...


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Re: HD speed for Audio/Visual
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 11:17 AM »
For playing movies, pretty much any recent harddrive should suffice - according to wikipedia, BlueRay movies have a max data transfer rate of 54Mbps, or ~6MB/s. Even several-year-old 5400rpm drives deliver well beyond that, and lower seek-times than that of optical media.

As long as you aren't going to record High-Def content, you should be fine :)
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