Is there currently a 2 TB or greater laptop HDD that can attain 7200 RPM or more? If there's more than one, which of them would be the fastest or most reliable?

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    This is normally where your use-case would recommend an SSD. Is there a reason you're not looking into that option?
    – CDove
    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:38
  • @CDove - I already have several SSDs in my laptop, as well as a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. I'm looking to upgrade the HDD.
    – Obie 2.0
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:12
  • HDD is old technology and is being replaced by SSD. While expensive, 1-2 TB SSD are available, perform better, and physically last longer than HDD. If it's within your budget, I'd do that. The only alternative I can think of is an SAS drive (i.e. Quantum Fireball) that can run at 15000RPM, but those stop at about 600GB because SSD have effectively replaced them and SAS is uncommon and probably not in your laptop.
    – CDove
    Jun 6, 2018 at 11:33
  • @CDove - I already have plenty of solid state storage in my laptop. Currently I have 3 TB, which I might upgrade by 1 TB soon. I also have a 1 TB HDD in there, and I'd rather not buy a 1 TB+ SSD to replace it with at the moment.
    – Obie 2.0
    Jun 7, 2018 at 23:33
  • The faster it spins the more damage will be done when you accidentally sit on it or drop. If I had $1 for ever user that said it would never happen to them and it did I would be retiring today.
    – cybernard
    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:15

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Yes, but don't get one if you can avoid it.

There are only two HDDs that fit the requirements you have: the Seagate ST2000NX0253 and the ST2000NX0303. At ~$300 each, these things are ridiculously expensive; you're looking at SSD tier pricing for a spinning drive.

My recommendation would be to instead get a cheaper 5400RPM drive–my recommendation goes to the Seagate ST2000LM015 (currently $71.99) because of the reasonably large cache and Seagate's relatively solid reputation–and then set aside some SSD space as a cache, depending on the write endurance of your drive and OS/platform.

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