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WD Introduces Fastest Ever VelociRaptors HDDs

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Not ready to go SSD? Then these could fill your need for speed.

Need some serious storage to deliver your data in a hurry but you can't afford to tap into solid state drives yet? Western Digital announced today that it is now shipping VelociRaptor 450GB and 600GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives.

The WD VelociRaptor hard drive packs 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor; but it is also available in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink.

The new drives run on a SATA 6 Gb/s interface and with a 32MB cache, which WD claims will give it a 15 percent performance boost over previous generation.

MSRP for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD.

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    afciscoguy , 7 April 2010 12:39

    Wait for it, honestly I just picked up an 80 gig IBM drive and it is BY FAR the biggest performance gain I've seen since DOS turned into Windows...

    Besides, use an SSD for your main drive and have a media raid, best setup for most gamer/home users IMO.
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    bobsnail , 7 April 2010 18:10
    there was a performance gains from DOS to windows? I dont remember it that way at all. I remember running all sorts of apps from the dos prompt and changing config and autoexec files for years after windows was introduced. Even when Windows 3.11 came along the demanding stuff ran from DOS.

    Any improvements you may have seen were from the hardware improvements (faster processor/more ram/Video cards that could handle a graphical GUI..and yes faster storage of course)

    I remember using windows 2.0 and being most unimpressed.. witha sort of red theme going on..and everyone thinking it was only for businesses and not releveant to the home user..
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    jamac666 , 7 April 2010 18:41
    These look EPIC!
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    chriscornell , 7 April 2010 23:55
    I have a Patriot Warp V.2 system disk and a Western Digital 500gb Caviar disk for: games, pr0n, schoolwork, movies etc. I'm going to swap both with a 600Gb Velociraptor very soon. Not that my system isn't fast, but this would just ease my Windows 7 use. Right now I have had to disable: windows search, indexing, prefetch, readyboost, swapfile and more, to avoid too much writing on the SSD-drive. Yeah I'm overly protective, but I'd like the disk to last as long as possible. With A velociraptor as main disk, I could use the SSD-drive for Photoshop and programs like that.
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    sanphire , 9 April 2010 03:26
    I have two of the original 36Gb Raptors coupled into RAID 0 and with out a doubt they were the greatest performance boost I have ever shoved into my rig. They let an aging Athlon XP 2000+ run Vista smoothly. Now I want these puppies, having spent four years keeping my boot drive to 72Gb I could jump to SSD, but twin 450Gb drives to make up just under a Tb that is still blisteringly fast :o  can't be ignored - for the next couple of years atleast - these are the smart performance choice!