Disks whose platter
at 10,000 RPM, resulting in lower average access time
and faster data
Sure, they may be fast, but who can stand the noise? These disks belong in a machine room, not on your desk.
Case in point: A coworker has a Sun workstation with not one, not two, but FOUR 10,000 RPM Seagate Cheetahs in external enclosures on his desk. The damn things are so loud I can hear them out in the hall. What's the point of having really fast disks if you can't even think because of the continuous racket?
If you haven't experienced a 10,000 RPM drive and are planning on ordering one for an office environment, think. Think about your sanity after a full day of jet engine like whine. Think about your co-workers. Get a 5400 RPM or even a 7200 RPM drive instead. Leave the 10K RPM drives in the sealed off machine room where they belong. The world will thank you.