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The only drawback we found is the inability to drop the VelociRaptor into existing 3.5" hot swap bays, because the SATA and power connectors of the VelociRaptor aren’t located at the standardized position, which would be necessary for seamless upgrades. Despite providing best-of-class performance, WD has abandoned the important 3.5" entry-level enterprise storage market. But at the same time the product is ready for the era of 2.5" enterprise storage, where chances are much better now than they were years ago when WD failed at conquering the enterprise storage market.

So what are the mounting options for a 2.5" hdd?
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I wonder how two of these in Raid-0 would run.
Twice as fast?
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post #33 of 103
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That's what I'm thinking. 3x36gb in raid 0
Too bad the seagate 7200.11's are just as fast afaik.


Mehh, overpriced crap like usual, if the price goes down to AU$150, I'll think about it.
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post #34 of 103
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So what about noise during reading? I'm never making the mistake of buying a Raptor drive again because I happen to live in the same room as my computer. If they can't lower the noise levels I'm not interested.

Bring on the lower priced 100GB SSDs.
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...According to the data sheet, the idle and operating noise hasn’t changed: WD stated 29 dB(A) in idle and 36 dB(A) when the drive constantly seeks data. In any case, noise levels have become more than acceptable in recent years, making almost all 7,200 RPM drives totally acceptable even in very quiet desktop environments. Once you quiet down your other components such as the power supply, CPU and graphics cooler you will hear the WD VelociRaptor working more than 7,200 RPM drives. In idle, we found it to be even quieter than 7,200 RPM drives.
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So what are the mounting options for a 2.5" hdd?
It comes with Cooler to fit into 3.5" Drive Bar ;o)

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That's what I'm thinking. 3x36gb in raid 0
2 x 150GB Raptors in RAID0 ftw (I wish)
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Can you use a 2.5 inch drive with desktop computers rather than laptops? Or is it for laptops only?
These (new raptor) drives aren't for laptops at all. Firstly, they are too thick for most laptops. Scondly, most 2.5' laptop drives run on +5v only, this one requires +12v as well. Thirdly, the heat output would be hard for a laptop to deal with.

Other 2.5 inch drives can be used just fine in a PC, even if they are made for notebooks, though some will require adaptors, and youll have to find a way to mount them.
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This is awesome, but I don't see why they decided to make the drive smaller... I'm fine with 3.5" drives :\\
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This is awesome, but I don't see why they decided to make the drive smaller... I'm fine with 3.5" drives :
If you would actually read the article, it states that making it smaller increased performance. And it comes with a heatsink to mount it in a 3.5 drive bay.
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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
Retail 74GB Raptors are $150 on newegg and OEM 74GB Raptors are $140.
Why would anyone want to pay $149.99 + $8 for Shipping for a Retail 74GB Raptor,(Unless they already had one, and needed to match it for an array)
You can buy a
150GB Raptor for $169.99 or spend the extra $5 and get
150GB RaptorX for only $174.99!
Only ~$20 for double the size or ~$25 for double the size and a cool window.
(Both with FREE shipping)
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