It appears you have not yet registered with our community. To register please click here...

Go Back [M] > Madshrimps > WebNews
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS
Thread Tools
Old 27th August 2008, 20:23   #1
jmke's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: 7090/Belgium
Posts: 79,020
jmke has disabled reputation
Default Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS

The majority of today's desktop machines still expect standard 3.5" drives. While some users seeking the ultimate in acoustic and thermal performance have taken to mounting notebook-oriented 2.5" designs into their home rigs, the consumer world remains a 3.5" landscape. Many readers have found out that desktop cases, 2.5" drives, and rails that convert such units to 3.5" form factors don't always get along. Screw holes frequently fail to line up and necessitate custom solutions such as drilling to get everything aligned.

WD has addressed the issue by outfitting initial shipments of the VelociRaptor in a custom 2.5" to 3.5" converter. Dubbed IcePAK, this aluminum chassis permits the drive to be mounted in any standard 3.5" bay. Though it's somewhat stylishly cut with heatsink-like fins, IcePAK's purpose is primarily form factor conversion, not heat distribution. It should be noted that an IcePAK-mounted VelociRaptor does not perfectly mimic a true 3.5" drive when it comes to rear-connection alignment; IcePAK drives won't work with the standard SATA/SAS backplanes found in many rack-mounted servers. Standard SATA cables, of course, work just fine. For enterprise use, the firm plans to ship VelociRaptors sans the 3.5" chassis.

The VelociRaptor's 2.5" design, as one would expect, incorporates two reduced-diameter platters packing 150 gigabytes each. The narrowed span leads to a manufacturer-claimed seek time of just 4.2 milliseconds, a 12% improvement over that of the WD1500ADFD.

Though a roomy 32-megabyte buffer accompanies some of today's terabyte drives, WD has chosen to stick with a more conservative 16 MB cache. In contrast to the 1.5 Gb/sec-equipped WD1500ADFD, the VelociRaptor represents the first iteration of the family to ship with a 3 Gb/sec SATA interface. Reflecting the series' continued enterprise-orientation, the WD3000BFLS ships with a claimed MTBF of 1.4 million hours and a 5-year warranty.
jmke is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Western Digital, Seagate and Samsung 640Gb HDDs Compared jmke WebNews 1 8th March 2009 00:29
Western Digital VelociRaptor Raid 0 jmke WebNews 0 19th December 2008 11:02
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS Hard Drive Review jmke WebNews 0 18th July 2008 20:55
Western Digital RaptorX WD1500AHFD 150GB Clear Top SATA Hard Drive Review jmke WebNews 0 5th September 2007 11:31
Western Digital Announces New Eco-Friendly Hard Drives jmke WebNews 0 24th July 2007 09:49
Western Digital Raptor X hard drive Reviewed jmke WebNews 0 9th February 2006 18:47
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KD 400GB SATA Hard Drive Sidney WebNews 0 11th November 2005 22:01
Western Digital ready to start shipping 6GB 1-inch Hard Drives in 2nd Q 2005 jmke WebNews 0 20th January 2005 22:44
Western Digital Answers Customer Call With Entry Into Fast-growing Mobile Hard Drive jmke WebNews 0 6th October 2004 11:10
Western Digital Launches External HDD with Card Reader and USB 2.0 Hub jmke WebNews 0 13th January 2004 13:00

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 21:06.

Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO