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According to several sources close to the hard drive industry, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers.

We have spoken to a lot of people out here in Taipei about this industry’s direction and one thing is becoming clear: SSDs are going to be affordable in the next 12 to 18 months.

Because of this, hard drive manufacturers are starting to get a little worried about what marketshare SSDs might eventually take away from them—especially where performance is more of a concern than storage capacity.

And that’s exactly what Western Digital’s Raptor line is all about.

The new drive will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor, in that it’ll be a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing built around it. Details are incredibly light at this stage, given that the product is still in development, and we don’t even have a release timeframe at the moment.

However, our sources said that the drive will be ‘silent’ – that’s the last thing I would have expected from a drive with platters spinning at 20,000 RPM. Western Digital is apparently working on silencing the beast by improving the housing technology, which will now not just act as a heatsink, but also as a noise cancelling device. We’d also hope that the drive enclosure has some vibration dampening technology as well, because that’s also likely to be a problem given the high spindle speeds.


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20k! HOLY DUCK.
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20k...

Wow
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Erm.... this will please maxishine. Not.
 
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i am SO getting one!
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i am SO getting one!
1?

2 in RAID 0 ftw!
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i am SO getting one!
You say that until you see the pricetag lol.

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1?

2 in RAID 0 ftw!
I'd rather mirror a bunch of 250's myself; it would be faster more than likely..

And hold more.

And be more redundant.

And cost as much, if not less.
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and it would cost them how much in development costs to give us 15,000rpm Drives NOW? or even 6 months ago?
like NOTHING!
The Drives already exist(2.5" and 3.5") so why arent they already on the market?
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and it would cost them how much in development costs to give us 15,000rpm Drives NOW? or even 6 months ago?
like NOTHING!
The Drives already exist(2.5" and 3.5") so why arent they already on the market?
Go buy a SCSI card and buy the SCSI HD.. There ya go.
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and it would cost them how much in development costs to give us 15,000rpm Drives NOW? or even 6 months ago?
like NOTHING!
The Drives already exist(2.5" and 3.5") so why arent they already on the market?
That's a good point, plenty of 15k RPM drives have been available in servers for years and years now, whether its SCSI or SAS.

Shouldn't be too hard for them to change the interface?
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