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[Tom's hardware] The New WD Raptor is a Bird of Prey

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In case you didn't know, WD is launching a new Raptor-like HDD: VelociRaptor.

Specs: 10000RPM, 2.5" (yes it's small) and 300GB for around 300$.

It's small, cool, fast and relatively quiet, a first hands-on preview at Tom's Hardware
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Awesome
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Those look nice. For $300 though, I'll wait for the prices to drop. A lot.
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i want some times and data rate tests !
success or failure?
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why a 2.5" form factor?!
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Whodie View Post
why a 2.5" form factor?!
Better performance.

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Platter diameter is another important aspect to look at: The larger the platter gets, the more data you can store on it. However, larger platters will require more head movement; hence increasing access times. And larger platters cause more noise and more friction, hence emitting more heat. This is the main reason why 5.25" hard drives died out: Their access time was too slow, and manufacturers were able to increase capacity significantly even when using smaller form factors.
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Maybe the old Raptors prices will drop more?
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Me want
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post #9 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sistum Id View Post
Maybe the old Raptors prices will drop more?
That's what I'm thinking. 3x36gb in raid 0
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At my work, weve sold 1000`s of 2.5" 10K drives, 100`s of 15K drives too.
I hope they dont `overcharge` us for some newfangled technology that they `Just` invented.. These drives have been going into servers for AGES now.
The Raptor drives are nothing more than a server drive with the bus changed from SCSI/SAS to SATA. This new drive will be EXACTLY the same!

Nice drive but they sell 10000`s of 2.5" drives, as in no excuse to overcharge us!!
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