WD Introduces Fastest Ever VelociRaptors HDDs

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

    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.
  • bobsnail
    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..
  • jamac666
    These look EPIC!