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Did anybody see my link or is it just working for me?

It says I can upgrade to a 74GB VelociRaptor for $189.99, it will likely be cheaper whenever Newegg sells/stocks it.

See these also,

http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/insta...id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/spec....id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/kb.as...id=612&lang=en

74GB - Specs
150GB - Specs

So even though these aren't "Officially Announced" they sure are planning to announce them soon.

Edit: So basically here's proof of them revealing the other VelociRaptor's by accident.
Edited by Sonic - 6/19/08 at 1:38am
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Did anybody see my link or is it just working for me?

It says I can upgrade to a 74GB VelociRaptor for $189.99, it will likely be cheaper whenever Newegg sells/stocks it.

See these also,

http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/insta...id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/spec....id=612&lang=en
http://support.wdc.com/product/kb.as...id=612&lang=en

74GB - Specs
150GB - Specs

So even though these aren't "Officially Announced" they sure are planning to announce them soon.

Edit: So basically here's proof of them revealing the other VelociRaptor's by accident.
189$? And that's upgrade cost...wow.
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In the uk the 300GB is version is £200

so hopefully:

300GB = £200
150GB = £110?
75GB = £60?
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In the uk the 300GB is version is £200

so hopefully:

300GB = £200
150GB = £110?
75GB = £60?
If the 75gig version = 60 pounds, and its JUST as fast as the 300gig, then I'd buy 4 of them.
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even lower capacity...? O_o
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I doubt the reduced capacity drives will be as cheap as you hope. A lot of the hardware cost in raptors is in the high quality controller devices and such and not so much in the platters. At least that's my guess since 74gb raptors cost like 80% as much as 150gbs... the 300gb model will probably be the most cost effective.
No; see the 74GB raptor is 80% the price of the 150GB so you will BUY the 150 over the 74.. They make more money off the larger drives because the markup is the same.

Raptors have horrible price/GB.. The markups are huge. HD's dont take that much to make $$ wise.. I mean, 80GB new is like what; $40? Even if a Raptor is uses higher quality parts, it still doesnt take alot to make a drive.

All about markups.
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No; see the 74GB raptor is 80% the price of the 150GB so you will BUY the 150 over the 74.. They make more money off the larger drives because the markup is the same.

Raptors have horrible price/GB.. The markups are huge. HD's dont take that much to make $$ wise.. I mean, 80GB new is like what; $40? Even if a Raptor is uses higher quality parts, it still doesnt take alot to make a drive.

All about markups.
If that were true, why wouldn't most hard drives follow the same price pattern? They don't - they have a premium for the current biggest drive, and everything else scales down in price pretty quickly.

The raptor is more expensive per gb because it's more expensive to make. Having a drive that can read data at that speed/latency and generally have server-class features costs more than making a 7200 rpm mass storage drive. Most of the costs aren't in the platters, which is why there isn't that big a price difference between the different sized models.

I suspect the biggest one will be significantly more cost effective than smaller ones.
    
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