Western Digital Resurrects VelociRaptor Hard Drive Line with Beastly 1TB Model

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OCFRED

My wife would buy this just because it's called "VelociRaptor", work well for all the fragmented files, photos and videos she does too. Runs cooler and faster than the Caviar Black with the same warranty, so unless running dated hardware this is a great storage volume for newer 64 bit machines.

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Athlonite

Yeah Really $320 for a 1TB 10K rpm HDD that's ridiculous

"The new VelociRaptor 1TB features a 10,000 RPM spindle speed that remains the fastest of any consumer level hard drive."

also consumer level is a relevant term I can buy 15000rpm Seagate cheaters online does that make them a consumer level HDD heck NO same thing with these they are not your average joe consumer level HDD

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kixofmyg0t

What sells it for me is the 5 year warranty.

Now the big question is if it outperforms my Caviar Black RE4 which also has a 5 year warranty. I don't think it is so much faster to justify the extra price.

I think Ill stick to my Crucial M4 boot/Patriot Wildfire programs/WD RE4 media setup.

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BlazePC

About time they made these big. The previous 600 GB release was nice but at 1 TB, WD finally hit a realistic enthusiast capacity point.

Now all we have to do is wait for the price to come down...

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Baer

I use an SSD for boot and key programs but most of my applications are on a pair of V-Raptors in RAID 0. I HATE green drives, they save enough money in electricity to buy a cup of coffee a year and the variable speeds cause some strange issues sometimes.
I am getting ready to build a new maxed out rig, an SSD and a pair of these new V-R's sounds like just the thing. ( now where is Ivy Bridge without internal graphics) :-)

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bpstone

RAM cache with a h.c. HDD.

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Ashton2091

They are a little late to the game with this one. Although...it is still attractive, but when I can get a 2TB from newegg at $119...hmm...it doesn't look as good anymore. It may be a slower green drive...but still. Had this come out a few years back...then sure. It wld be right on time. I'm not going to compare it to SSDs. That comparison doesn't make sense to me. SSDs come in smaller capacities, generally are used as primary drives, and are less reliable. 1TB and over are generally used as secondary drives for storage only or sometimes a dual boot. So it just doesnt make sense to compare anyting 1TB and up to a SSD. The selling point is not the same.

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NotYetRated

"SSDs come in smaller capacities, generally are used as primary drives, and are less reliable."

In what world are SSD's LESS reliable? You must be referring to the old, and fixed, sandforce issues. I have SSD's in all 3 of my rigs at home, in both of my work computers, and have had zero issues them.

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Ashton2091

I'm talking long term. SSDs have not yet been confirmed long term reliable since they have only been on the consumer level for a short time. I have a few hard drives that are over 10 years old, pulled from old compaqs and stuff (not sure why i still have them lol) but they are still kicking. I do get what you're saying. But since neither have been confirmed, then what I'm saying is speculation...but it is also speculation to think that they are reliable. Mechanical drives have been confirmed to be reliable. So, again...it makes no sense to compare the two at this time. Consumer level SSDs are still in their infant stage compared to Mechanical drives.

I would NEVER trust a SSD to hold data long term. At least right now. But that's just me.

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bling581

I personally can't justify spending that kind of money on a mechanical drive. I have an 80GB SSD for my OS and primary programs, and all my non-essential stuff goes on two 1TB Caviar Blacks. If I was looking for a single drive, say for a small form factor box, then maybe this would have a purpose.

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praetor_alpha

I hope that WD will update their Blue line (only tops out at 1 TB). If I want a 2 or 3 TB WD drive, it's either green (slow) or black (fast, but loud).

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whiskeymcclinton

hmmm...
32 cents per GB, plus server-grade speed, stability and reliablity. I leave my desktop on all the time, and don't need the amazing boot times an SSD provides, so this is actually tempting.

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MrPC2010

Well, mine is doing the job and it's bigger, cheaper and more reliable than SSD...

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biggiebob12345

Just raid 0 a pair of 7200 rpm drives. These velociraptors had their place back in the day because they'd give tiny bit improvements in otherwise atrocious (compared to SSD's) random seek times. But now with a combo SSD + 7200 rpm raid 0 there's nothing left for them to do.

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stradric

10k 2.5"? Wow, that's kind of impressive. I can't even find 7.2k laptop drives.

Still, the SSD is probably the way to go for the primary drive. As a secondary data drive, this would be a nice consideration.

I imagine the 10k RPM would mean additional power consumption in a laptop though.

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LatiosXT

It's larger than an actual 2.5K drive, so it won't fit in a laptop. In fact, that big brick of a heat sink is more or less permanently attached.

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AETAaAS

Have to agree with the comments on here, if you are someone who even THINKS about spindle speed, you are probably going to just plonk for a SSD. :p

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Morete

meh... I think 10K's are over-rated for gaming. Benchmarks look good for transferring large amounts of data, but from user experience, seek time performance isn't really noticeable over a good 7.2K.

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THE_REAL_MAVERICK

I ordered a Samsung 830 256GB for just $250 online. Its faster, cheaper and will last longer than the velociraptors. Not sure who would buy one.

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praetor_alpha

Have you considered failure rates of SSDs? No, I'm not talking about write cycles. Just one day, poof! Pretty much every one dies in 2 years, so I have read:

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2011/05/the-hot-crazy-solid-state-drive-scale.html

And with smaller fabrication processes, reliability gets worse. I'm pretty sure Velociraptors last longer than 2 years.

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NotYetRated

I have many SSD's in my personal systems, work systems, and have placed them in many friends systems. Have yet to have a single one die on me. So I am not quite sure where this SSD failure stuff comes from.

Could just be me, or the fact that I have bought all Intel so far.

Though you are spot on for the raptor reliability. I have 2 in my production rig at home which have been going strong 24/7 for... I dont actually know. 7 years? These are original 74gig drives haha.

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kevaskous

Being I've had mine for like 4 years now.....I don't see where you're coming from at all. And I dunno of anyone personally who's SSD has died on them.

further more I've seen many a Veloci's die quick deaths too, they run so hot that premature failure is fairly common.

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ocnier

I think this is dead in the water. SSD's are getting cheaper. Heck the deal of the day for today at newegg lists one 240gb for less than a dollar a gig ($199). If you raid 2 of these then your performance delta is better per gig in the long run though raw storage is not as massive but at approx 1/2 TB the storage is more than adequate for speed needs. I thought with the flooding Thailand the prices were staying up till 4th quarter but who knows. Now if this were a hybrid drive then the conversation might change.

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