When deciding to get a new internal hard drive, there are many things to consider. It’s cache, capacity, warranty and also spindle speed or mechanical disk rotation speed. Nowadays the new standard is 7200 rpm hard drives that feature higher data transfer speed than conventional 5400 rpm drives.
We have created a list of top 8 best internal hard drives money can buy. They all feature top level performance and will fit great in their dedicated applications.
Our Top 8 7200 RPM Hard Drive picks:
As most of us are looking for a decent drive that offers the best price/performance ratio, we had to place a Seagate Barracuda at the top of our list. This drive is very affordable, comes with 64MB cache and capacities ranging up to 10TB. Performance is also up to level. This is a simple well made hard drive that offers it all and is great for just about everyone.
One of the best possible choices for a hard drive from Western Digital is WD Black. WD Black series are made for performance orientated consumers. When compared to WD Blue drives, they are about 15% faster. They are also a bit more expensive. Available in six capacities ranging from 1TB up to 6TB and with a five-year warranty, this is definitely one of our most favorite internal hard drives.
If you can’t afford SSD to store all your games on, but still want a very fast hard drive, take a look at Seagate 2TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD. This is one of the fastest hard drives you can get. We measured an average read speed of 216MB/s and write speed of 209MB/s. This is a lot for a mechanical hard drive. Firecuda features caches of 64GB, and as it is an SSHD, it has 8GB of flash type memory. We advise this drive to anyone who cares about performance. It will work great as a primary as well as secondary drive.
Western Digital Blue 1TB hard drive is the only one drive from WD blue family that you can get with a spindle speed of 7200rpm. There are some capacities that also offer 7200rpm but they are less than 1TB, so they are not worth mentioning. If you want something more spacious than 1TB, you have to get a 5400rpm version. But let’s face it, most of us will do just fine with the 1TB internal hard drive. WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm is very respectable from a performance standpoint and is one of the best internal hard drives you can get.
Toshiba P300 3TB is a very good hard drive for average users. It sits in the sweet spot of performance and price and competes with Western Digital Blue. This drive features standard 64MB cache and read/write speeds of around 150MB/s. That’s not bad at all when compared with the competition. One of it’s strongest sides is what you get for the money, although you only get a two-year warranty. This will be a great secondary drive for basically all PC systems.
6. Seagate SkyHawk 10TB
When it comes to surveillance, we definitely want to have a very reliable drive that’s energy efficient can run 24/7. Seagate has made such drive called Seagate SkyHawk. This drive is made exactly for surveillance and video recording. This drive has up to 3x the workload rating of desktop drives, and it can work in RAID and multi-drive systems. If you are serious about surveillance, we strongly advise you to get the 10TB version which can hold for up to 10,000 hours of HD videos. SkyHawk is also more superior when compared to WD Purple as WD only offers their drives with 5400rpm spindle speed where SkyHawk has 7200 rpm.
If you have decided to get a solid NAS drive, the Seagate 6TB IronWolf NAS is a great choice. It comes in seven capacities ranging from 1TB of storage up to 10TB. One thing to keep in mind is that only versions with capacities of 6TB, 8TB and 10TB feature 7200rpm spindle speed. And this is where Seagate is step ahead of Western Digital. WD Red only offers NAS drives that feature 5400rpm spindle speed ever for a 10TB version. This drive is designed to run 24/7 and has a Multi-User technology to increase workload rate. In our opinion, this is the best NAS drive available on the market today.
8. WD Black 1TB 2.5-inch
This is one and only 2.5-inch hard drive on this list. Why? Because of laptop hard drives feature 5400 rpm spindle speed. This drive comes in six capacities: 1TB, 750GB, 500GB, another 500GB, 320GB and 250GB. All of them feature spindle speed of 7200 rpm. All capacity versions have 32MB of cache except the 750GB version and one 500GB version. Western Digital Black stands for performance. We advise you to get this drive if fast data transfer speed matter to you and you will run heavy load applications like PC games and video editing software. At last but not the least, this drive comes with a whopping five-year warranty.
The 7200rpm hard drive is definitely the way to go if you will use it for daily basis – store information on it that will always be in use like software, games and so on. If the only thing you want to do is store huge amounts of data that you rarely use, a wiser idea would be getting a 5400 rpm hard drive for improved power efficiency and lower price.
If you want a solid 7200 rpm hard drive, you can’t go wrong with any of our picks. The only question left to answer is “What for you will use your hard drive?.” Depending on the answer you can choose between more mainstream drives and performance drives as well as ones that are made for special applications like surveillance or NAS.