- By Chris G. @Nov 10, 2008
Engineered for maximum speed! WD VelociRaptor, the newest member of our unique class of 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives, combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache, to deliver performance that’s up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother.
Killer Speed - Built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance. Not only are they 35 percent faster than the previous generation WD Raptor drives, but they also beat out all other competitors in the field.
Rock-solid Reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.
Double the Capacity - State-of-the-art technology packs twice the capacity per disk compared to its older brother WD Raptor resulting in 300 GB of high-performance storage space in this enterprise-class 2.5-inch drive. (Not compatible with notebook computers)
IcePack™ Mounting Frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis. (This drive is not backplane compatible.)
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
SecurePark™ - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.
5-year limited warranty
Performance enthusiast systems, workstations, and low-end servers
SATA interface connector on motherboard or SATA host controller*
Available 3.5-inch internal drive bay
*Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
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Fast forward to April 2008, when the fourth generation Raptor is announced. Titled the VelociRaptor, this new drive increases its maximum capacity to 300GB using two 150GB platters, reduces its form factor from 3.5? to 2.5?, and includes a 3.5? mounting bracket that doubles as a massive heatsink. We
Another review from the kings of silent computing - SilentPCReview.
They crown the WD Velociraptor at the triple crown winner for acoustics, power usage, and speed. That is, when you remove it from the bulky, useless heatsink.
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I bought this because SSD is not ready yet. This drive replaces a noisy 150GB Raptor X. The performance is slightly better but the additional capacity is a nice welcome. It should be noted that 7,200 RPM drives such as the Caviar Black are almost as fast as this baby for a much smaller price and larger capacity.
This is the fastest consumer mechanical hard drive you can get on the market today. Awesome transfer rates, very fast seek times. Performance wise, for normal operations just as fast as a much more expensive SAS drive (even exceeds performance in certain desktop operations), though it lags behind in raw sequential transfer rates and large volumes of IO requests. One of the best upgrades you can do to get a more responsive system (such as when starting applications, editing multimedia files, etc).
I bought this drive because I wanted the fastest I can get without going to expensive SSD drives. 300GB was enough space for me. I'm happy with the speed of the drive, but I find it noisy when seeking. My old drive was a Hitachi and you could'nt hear a thing from it, so I'm really struggling to accept the Raptor. Still a good buy.
WOW, this is a whole new experience fo me! I just couldn't stand my rattling TB drive anymore and pure frustration made me buy this baby. I thought I was going to need a special enclosure to keep it quiet, but this is one silent speed monster! I'm impressed and I do not even look at 7200 drives anymore. (maybe just for storage)
Simply the best hard drive the money can purchase at the moment. I migrated my vista partition from an old Raptor X because the space on it was getting way too short. 300gb is great and will keep my vista partition happy forever. Incredibly fast too. Buy this if you want the creme de la creme of hard drives.
Really fast, before i had a Raid0 array with 2 Raptor 150g and i must say that i don't feel any slow down from my previous setup, this one is quiter then the 150g and it's cooler. Very impressive drive, maybe i'll go back to Raid0 for Christmas with an other one !
I didn't think the previous generation raptors were worth spending the money on but the new v-raptors really are worth it. They are nearly silent and use less power. So if your near capacity with your power supply you need not worry
about upgrading your power supply. Also very fast. Hands down the best drive for personal computers in my mind.
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