5400RPM HDD is slow for Backup Loader?

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by cloudspear, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. cloudspear

    cloudspear Newbie

    Hello, is a WD Green HD with 5400RPM too slow for backup loader? Is there a noticeable different in the load speed between a 5400rpm and 7200rpm HD for wii backup loader?
  2. Covarr

    Covarr Sentient Cash Register

    Oct 21, 2005
    United States
    Far East of Eden
    It doesn't make a noticeable difference with external HDDs over USB 2.0, that's where the biggest bottleneck is.

    edit for clarity: Data transfer in any system is only as fast as its slowest component. Most 5400RPM HDDs can give a transfer rate of over 1000Mb/s, but USB 2.0 has a maximum transfer rate of 480Mb/s. It doesn't matter that a 7200RPM HDD is even faster than a 5400RPM, the fact that it's going through USB means that the most you'll ever get is 480Mb/s regardless of the HDD.
  3. Vattu

    Vattu GBAtemp Regular

    May 27, 2009
    I use a usb-powered 5400rpm drive. I think it's fast enough, though my guess it can be faster if you have a better harddrive. it would be nice to try a SSD [​IMG]
  4. WiiPower

    WiiPower GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 17, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Just copy a big file from the external HDD to an internal one on your pc and stop the time. Then compare your result with the ~8MB/s which is the theoretical maximum you can get with retail discs, and be happy.
  5. cloudspear

    cloudspear Newbie

    That make prefect sense. The WD Green is fast enough for Wii loader plus 5400rpm hdd will save me some money on my energy bill too. Thanks