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So Im thinkning of getting the 600GB Western Digital WD6000HLHX VelociRaptor drive.

Its £160 and the WD Green 3TB is £139.

I want a fast drive (not SSD) to install games on and large work files and other stuff I need snappier access to.

Is it worth going for it? Would you?
    
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Personally I'd just raid two 1Tb drives together so I don't have to listen to that 10k rpm hum. But yes, it will still be very fast smile.gif

Edit: Saying that, its been a couple years since I last heard a 10k drive so they might be quieter than the few I was working with
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Except 2 1TB drives are around £100 each so this is not what I want to do.
    
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http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327277030&sr=8-1

I'd just grab one of these, or raid 2x 1TB. It's not AS fast, but it's pretty close and much bigger.. Mechanical is still mechanical neither will come close to a good SSD. Make sure you grab the WD2002FAEX version of the Black. I benchmarked my old 2TB black vs the new model and it was about 10-15% faster across the board.

I bought 2 of the 1TB models for $70 each before the HD price issues... I would wait for prices to drop some more.. they seem to be dropping about $10/week or so as Western Digital is finally catching back up.
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Except 2 1TB drives are around £100 each so this is not what I want to do.

£40 more for 2x 1TB in Raid 0. You get 1400GB more space, and it would be faster. 10k RPM vs 7.2k RPM is not a very big difference anymore, hard drives have came along way and 7.2k RPM is much faster than it use to be. The VelociRaptor is dated, and many 7.2k RPM drives are beating them.

If you can't afford that I would wait for the hard drive market to fix itself, or get a single 2TB Black since it seems to be cheaper with current hard drive prices.
Edited by Murlocke - 1/22/12 at 4:17pm
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bought 2 of the 1TB models for $70 each before the HD price issues... I would wait for prices to drop some more.. they seem to be dropping about $10/week or so as Western Digital is finally catching back up.
£40 more for 2x 1TB in Raid 0. You get 1400GB more space, and it would be faster. No brainer in my opinion? 10k RPM vs 7.2k RPM is not a very big difference anymore, hard drives have came along way and 7.2k RPM is much faster than it use to be. The VelociRaptor is dated, and many 7.2k RPM drives are beating them.

Well this is an updated version of the WD VRaptor drive. No 7200rpm drives beats it.

But i hear what you're saying. The only problem here is I want to reduce the number of drives I have too many hdds and would like to get 3TBs for storage now. So 2 1TBs for raid im not keen on.

I am willing to get 1 small capacity drive for snappy access and load times. And from now on only 3TB hdds for me.
    
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Well this is an updated version of the WD VRaptor drive. No 7200rpm drives beats it.
But i hear what you're saying. The only problem here is I want to reduce the number of drives I have too many hdds and would like to get 3TBs for storage now. So 2 1TBs for raid im not keen on.
I am willing to get 1 small capacity drive for snappy access and load times. And from now on only 3TB hdds for me.

Ah, wasn't aware they refreshed the VRaptor.

If you just want a snappy drive for games/performance I think you'd have a very hard time telling the difference between a single 2TB black (FAEX version) and the VRaptor. You also have to remember that 600GB fills easy, and the more full the drive is the slower it's going to be. The VRaptor might beat the black when both drives are empty, but if you put 500GB on the VRaptor and 500GB on the black, the black will likely start pulling ahead.

If you want the storage to be snappy, do not grab a 3TB green. My home server has 21 green drives in it, and while they are plenty for streaming movies over the local network.. I wouldn't consider them snappy and definitely wouldn't install games on them.

If you want to reduce the number of drives the best solution in my opinion is:
1x 80+ GB SSD for OS/Apps
1x 2TB Black (FAEX) for Storage/Games
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Yep the raptor is 2.5" drive inside a 'ice-box' heat sink

So there is a 1.5TB version WD1502FAEX, its £111 where as the 1TB is £109 and 2TB is £167. So 1.5TB is best value.

Any good? Mite just got for than instead of the raptor..

EDIT - just seen this for £107 - Seagate 2TB ST2000DM001 SATA III Hard Drive 7200rpm
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Go with 7200rpm. Honestly, Velociraptor is dead. 7200rpm drives are win. I'm pretty sure a Hitachi 7K1000.D (single platter 1TB drive. Platter density ftw) can perform just as well, if not better. You won't notice a difference. It's not like HDD to hybrid HDD or HDD to SSD jumps.
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Go with 7200rpm. Honestly, Velociraptor is dead. 7200rpm drives are win. I'm pretty sure a Hitachi 7K1000.D (single platter 1TB drive. Platter density ftw) can perform just as well, if not better. You won't notice a difference. It's not like HDD to hybrid HDD or HDD to SSD jumps.

These raptors are new 2.5" drives, very fast, no where near SSD speeds, but still very fast.

Im getting M4 for os/apps but will need a bigger drive for games and large work files
    
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Well you are asking about the raptor drive, and whilst everyone is recommending you stick to a 1Tb single platter drive or similar, you are defending the raptor. Sounds like you've already decided thumb.gif
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These raptors are new 2.5" drives, very fast, no where near SSD speeds, but still very fast.

Where are you getting the idea these are very fast from? They are very fast... until you load 400-500gb of data on there. Then its similar to a 1Tb performance, only 400gb shorter of space, and noisier. I thought people were generally buying the 300Gb drive a year or two ago for OS drives, until SSD's were released.

As I said, its been a while since I used the raptor, but I wouldn't buy one over a 1Tb drive.
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