150GB Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000rpm SATA2 Hard Drive £93.94 @ Eclipse Computers - HotUKDeals
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This is a very good price for a very quick hard drive.

The WD Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts favorite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever.Engineered for maximum speed! WD VelociRaptor, the newest member of our unique class of 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives, combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache to deliver performance thats up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother.
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#2
Why HOT ???????
You can get Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for £55-£60
and before you say .......... "there is no comparison"........ see below

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2009/10/06/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-review/9

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/6462/captureql.jpg


This is even older drive £150~GB ...................
#3
There is no comparison.....

http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/Q/224990/original/h2benchw_access_read.png

http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/R/224991/original/h2benchw_access_write.png

http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/V/224995/original/iometer_database.png

http://media.bestofmicro.com/M/1/225001/original/iometer_webserver.png

http://media.bestofmicro.com/M/2/225002/original/iometer_workstation.png
#4
Joker100
There is no comparison.....


Thanks Joker ....
But where is Spinpoint F3 1TB in your quoted bench marks
Spinpoint F3 1TB is different animal .....:thumbsup:

These Benchmarks are designed for marketing purpose only
This is to Justify charging £200 to £250 (at the start of product lifecycle)
These drives have finished their product life cycle.
If you have good budget spend on SSD ....
#5
Good price for the drive. Personally I wouldn't bother. I have a 1TB F3 in one of my PC's and it is very fast.
The graphs above are for the single platter 500MB F3, the 1TB F3 is faster.
In real world performance, you probably wouldn't really notice any major difference between the velociraptor and the 1GB F3, as shown in the bit-tech article.
If you REALLY want super disk performance, get an intel x-25M SSD.
#6
They probably don’t even have any stock and any company that uses the term below to describe stock levels are a joke:

[SIZE="3"]“Normally in Stock”[/SIZE]


Some quotes below from Google Products reviews.

No delivery after 1 week so called Eclipse computers to chase and told out of stock. I emailed to say that I would like to cancel order and for refund to be issued. After 3 weeks this still wasn't actioned

Pros: None...Cons: Everything Eclipse Computers are a waste of space tried paying on two differnet cards, Visa Debit and Visa Electron both not taken

Customer service is terrible. My experience with them for getting a refund was more like dealing with a puppet show.

A better name would be [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="2"]'Billy Smarts Computers' [/SIZE][/COLOR]Eclipse Computers are a [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="2"]bunch of clowns[/SIZE][/COLOR]

Rude sales team. Unprofessional. Stock not delivered in time stated on website. Don't expect delivery in 2-3 days from Eclipse Computers.

Just bought computer from Eclipse Computers and when i ordered the guy said 5 to 7 days delivery. Received calls from them as they hadnt got parts in stock
#7
I have to say I have never ordered from them, as their webiste looks dubious...
#8
bibu
Thanks Joker ....
But where is Spinpoint F3 1TB in your quoted bench marks
Spinpoint F3 1TB is different animal .....:thumbsup:

These Benchmarks are designed for marketing purpose only
This is to Justify charging £200 to £250 (at the start of product lifecycle)
These drives have finished their product life cycle.
If you have good budget spend on SSD ....



I know Bibu, I agree with you. Each to their own, I infact have both hard drives in my PC and think they are both great.

I just couldn't help saying "there is no comparison"

:p
#9
I have a pair of the earlier 74GB drives, very fast but also very hot and noisy. Excellent drives if your requirements fit, but for most uses I would go with the Sammy (I have plenty of those)
#10
Since getting my SSD's, I am no longer turned on by these RapDrives. But hot for the price.
#11
Ive only ever had bad experience with Eclipse Computers. Alright deal for the drive though, if you wanna risk it.
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IF you want performance get a seagate 1.5tb drive & read this:-

have a look here:- http://www.techwarelabs.com/seagate_1-5tb-mod/
HDD TWEAKING isn’t a common affair. Techware Labs has come up with a clever bit of editorial that explains how to turn your Seagate drive into something like a Velociraptor... for free and without any firmware flashing.


**info originally from inquirer.net
#13
Juice21
IF you want performance get a seagate 1.5tb drive & read this:-
have a look here:- http://www.techwarelabs.com/seagate_1-5tb-mod/
HDD TWEAKING isn’t a common affair. Techware Labs has come up with a clever bit of editorial that explains how to turn your Seagate drive into something like a Velociraptor... for free and without any firmware flashing.
**info originally from inquirer.net

They are just short stroking the drive which seems pointless! Am I missing something?
Just keep speed sensitive data on the fastest sections of the drive (separate partition) and use the rest for non critical stuff. It seems dumb to just hide the slowest part of the drive completely.
#14
No, you have missed the point, otherwise they would have just said just partition 300gb for the best performance......
#15
Juice21
No, you have missed the point, otherwise they would have just said just partition 300gb for the best performance......

But did they test and compare both methods to see if they offer different performance levels? If not it falls into the category of speculation.
#16
Agharta
But did they test and compare both methods to see if they offer different performance levels? If not it falls into the category of speculation.


Agreed, but having data on the other sider of the partition, if continually being used/read it would slow the whole drive down to the same as before -thus pointless.

But yes, I do see what you are getting at :)
#17
Juice21
Agreed, but having data on the other sider of the partition, if continually being used/read it would slow the whole drive down to the same as before -thus pointless.
But yes, I do see what you are getting at :)

I see what you mean also, you'd have to be careful how and when you accessed the data on the slower partition not to compromise performance.
#18
Juice21
No, you have missed the point, otherwise they would have just said just partition 300gb for the best performance......


if you make it 10GB through this method it will be fastest drive ever on earth ....:w00t:..NOT

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