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jmke 23rd July 2008 09:11

Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Disk Drive
Trying to conquer new heights, Western Digital engineers built their new solution with smaller-diameter platters, so that on the one hand, the drive form-factor got down to 2.5-inch, while on the other, its pre-platter data density increased. However, we are going to talk about the technical specifications later in this article. As a tease, we will mention that the new drives retained their 10,000RPM spindle rotation speed and became considerably more capacious: up to 300GB.

I doubt anyone will argue that Western Digital VelociRaptor is a unique Serial ATA hard drive for enthusiasts. It is extremely fast, but quiet and not hot at all, i.e. combines all the best features of a hard drive. The developers managed to put together this brilliant combination of features by using 2.5-inch form-factor and increasing the HDD spindle rotation speed to 10,000RPM. However, there is another side to this approach: not very high storage capacity of this hard drive that is limited to 300GB with two platters. However, it will hardly stop real enthusiasts, just like the high price of the new drive, because the new WD VelociRaptor doesn’t have any competitors among contemporary Serial ATA hard drives.

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