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There's still plenty of life left in the hard drive industry and although SSDs have become the hot ticket, not everyone can afford the large capacity drives. Nor is everyone sold on the reliability of SSDs. The VelociRaptors aren't what most are going to consider low cost but are certainly much more in the budget range for most consumers and this is mature technology that people seem to trust more. Likely, as these come to market and supply increases, the price will come down more which will make them even more attractive.

I guess WD is still profiting off the Velociraptor line. I had thought that people had long migrated to SSDs

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I find it odd that drives like this can compete now that SSD's are rapidly becoming affordable. Apparently people still buy Velociraptors.
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We're awhile before SSD's replace everyones daily drives. I'm not talking a 80GB OS drive, either.
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I find it odd that drives like this can compete now that SSD's are rapidly becoming affordable. Apparently people still buy Velociraptors.

Not everyone wants to have two drives. Also, these are hella popular for Data Centers
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I can't afford an SSD and I don't like to go backwards in terms of HDD space.
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my company still uses these and It have already order 10 of them frown.gif i tried to say ssds were the way to go or revo drives but they like teh HDD's its jsut a trusted tech and these drives are supposed to last a while so meh.
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I love my Raptor HDD's. In Raid 0 they even beat my SSD now if I had a newer SSD that would be a different case but the Cost/speed/storage ratio is perfect for me. I really use them for jsut steam games, music and videos so I will most likely be upgrading to 2 of these and ditching my 320gb's.
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I find it odd that drives like this can compete now that SSD's are rapidly becoming affordable. Apparently people still buy Velociraptors.

While you don't get SSD performance with these drives you get something close to them (bar random read/write) and you get massive storage. This is an excellent drive for someone on a tighter budget.

Unfortunately even these are beyond what I can afford, as I am about to move again and I am waiting for Trinity before I decide whether I need to upgrade my CPU, motherboard and memory and those three things are far more important than a super fast, small capacity SSD.
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These could be fantastic in RAID-0 biggrin.gif
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Not everyone wants to have two drives. Also, these are hella popular for Data Centers
Why would data centers being using consumer HDDs? Hitachi (being bought by WD) are the big players in enterprise storage.
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I love my Raptor HDD's. In Raid 0 they even beat my SSD now if I had a newer SSD that would be a different case but the Cost/speed/storage ratio is perfect for me. I really use them for jsut steam games, music and videos so I will most likely be upgrading to 2 of these and ditching my 320gb's.

....that's only in sequential performance. However, most disk operations are random (90%+) and SSDs are 5-80 times faster.


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While you don't get SSD performance with these drives you get something close to them (bar random read/write) and you get massive storage. This is an excellent drive for someone on a tighter budget.
SSDs are still providing 2-3x times faster in sequential and still a lot faster in random. A hybrid solution with caching probably is better for consumer workloads at the same pricing point.

If someone is on a tight budget, they probably should not be spending extra on performance storage.
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