Western Digital boosts storage capacity of its VelociRaptor high-performance hard drives

Western Digital boosts storage capacity of its VelociRaptor high-performance hard drives

Summary: Most desktop users don't care a lick about such things as the rotational speed of their hard drives, but those who do know that the VelociRaptor from Western Digital is one of the best performing drives out there, thanks to its 10,000rpm speed, along with 32MB of cache and SATA 6Gbps support.The VelociRaptor's primary drawback has been its smaller capacities (300GB max) in a world full of terabyte (and more) drives.

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Most desktop users don't care a lick about such things as the rotational speed of their hard drives, but those who do know that the VelociRaptor from Western Digital is one of the best performing drives out there, thanks to its 10,000rpm speed, along with 32MB of cache and SATA 6Gbps support.

The VelociRaptor's primary drawback has been its smaller capacities (300GB max) in a world full of terabyte (and more) drives. Western Digital is making things a little better with the release of new drives with 450GB and 600GB of storage, which, according to the company, consume the same amount of power as older models while boosting performance 15 percent. As with previous VelociRaptors, the retail versions come with IcePack, an enclosure that fits into a 3.5-inch drive bay and includes a built-in heat sink.

While the VelociRaptor can't completely keep up with many solid-state drives, it provides superior performance and more storage than comparably priced SSDs. Still, if you're looking to upgrade your PC with one, it isn't cheap: the 450GB WD4500HLHX is $299 and the 600GB WD6000HLHX is priced at $329. Systems installed with the drives will be available this quarter.

Topics: CXO, Hardware, Storage

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  • Very cool...

    About time WD boosted their flagship drives capacity.
    Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Western Digital boosts storage capacity of its VelociRaptor high-performance hard drives

    performance, maybe. but definitely not reliability. My company staffs all our developers w/ PCs w/ RAID0 setups of these drives, and we've had well over a dozen of these things fail.
    bc3tech
  • Wringout out obsolete tech... * sigh *

    It never ceases to amaze or disappoint - companies wringing out the last possible dollar of 40 year old technology. Of course this phenomenon is not confined to IT - we see it everywhere. The real question is this: is it only greed that causes those in possession of true 21st-century tech to foist this old crap on us? Is there any genuine concern at the economic upheaval (e.g. massive job loss) that the "sudden" introduction of the ACTUAL tech in existence will bring? One thing's for sure: you and I are the ones funding massive corporations and the practice of painfully slow incremental "development". FYI, I confirmed through a reliable source who works inside the US defense establishment what we've all suspected for a long time: that we only see stuff "out in the open" long after it's in use by "them". Further, he confirmed that the IT stuff we see today is about 20 years (or thereabouts) "old" by the time we get our hands on it. Imagine that: in 1990, "they" were using multi-core technology with solid state drives & LCD screens, with wireless connectivity and gesture-related interfaces... while "we" were "buzzed" over 286's, 80MB hard drives, VGA CRTs (instead of green or amber screens), 14.4 modems & Windows 3.1
    naibeeru