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Western Digital Velociraptor 150GB WD1500HLFS (NEW) - £123.36 Delivered. PRE-ORDER @ Dabs

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This is a single platter Velociraptor drive, the 300GB version has been out for 3 months ish and has 2 platters and is £70 more. This is the same speed as the 300gb version, possibly slightly faster d… Read More
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This is a single platter Velociraptor drive, the 300GB version has been out for 3 months ish and has 2 platters and is £70 more. This is the same speed as the 300gb version, possibly slightly faster due to not having to read between platters, possibly slightly quieter too and will use less power.

Remember dont vote cold because of price per GB as raptors arent meant for that, they are meant for speed. This is the cheapest i have found this on pre-order. Stock should be around 15th august according to overclockers.co.uk.

There is a new 74gb version too @ £94 ish, it also has a 150GB platter but is short-stroked (half of the platter disabled), but its still the same speed as the 150GB and the 300GB. The old 150gb raptor was discontinued around 2 weeks ago to make way for this new 150GB velociraptor.




Western Digital's Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts' favourite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever. Engineered for maximum speed, WD VelociRaptor combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache, to deliver performance that's up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive and are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments.

- Capacity: 150GB
- Cache: 16MB
- Interface: SATA-II
- Spin Speed: 10000RPM
- Seek Time: 4.2ms
- Warranty: 5 Years
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#1
Someone Call?
#2
Just out of interest why would you want a faster hard drive? Just how much faster is it from a 'normal' one? Can't be that significant can it?
#3
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-236-WD&utm_source=froogle

Same price. On pre-order :/ doesn't look like this is a 'special' price.

The velociraptor IS the fastest SATA drive in lots of tests. Some new drives like the samsung F1 and Western Digital WD6400AAKS will outperform the raptor in many practical aplications anyway.

Personally I would go for 2x Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640GB (RAID 0) for same price. Nearly 10x the sapce and much faster sustained transfer speeds, and much quieter, and will use less power (on idle anyway :) ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144339 )

If disk space is not an issue, why not go OCZ SSD, for maximup performance !
#4
cdm22
Just out of interest why would you want a faster hard drive? Just how much faster is it from a 'normal' one? Can't be that significant can it?


Faster loading times, makes a big difference. A "normal" one spins at 7,200rpm.
#5
As DJFluff mentioned, the Samsung F1 is amazing. It is "equally fast, costs half the price and stores three times as much data" - snippet from Custom PC there.

I voted hot though because its a good price but the product is definitely aimed at a specific market.
suspended#6
the samsung f1 drives are good but they are beaten in every single test by the velociraptor drives, they are just incredibly fast at everything. The OCZ SSD are untested really, some tests its great, some very poor, they only have 2yr warranty too and will drop dramatically in value if you want to sell just before the 2yrs are up, the velociraptors wont change too much in value. As the 15,000 rpm raptors arent going to be out for about 1yr and the 20,000rpm raptor about 2yrs or so.

djfluff, raid0 of wd 6400aaks is indeed nice but raid0 is unreliable and raid0 only helps in some scenarios, mainly loading like when installing windows or loading a game, lots of scenarios it makes 0% difference and they will still of course have much high seek times.

This isn't a special price but its the cheapest including delivery which is what this site is about.
#7
I was toying with getting a F1, but have seen so many complaints about faulty ones ...
suspended#8
djfluff, the 1TB f1 seems to be the drive that has a high failure rate, the 640gb and 320gb seem to be more reliable. The 640gb is often out of stock though and scan have removed it for some reason.
#9
hajj_3
djfluff, the 1TB f1 seems to be the drive that has a high failure rate, the 640gb and 320gb seem to be more reliable. The 640gb is often out of stock though and scan have removed it for some reason.


Yea, that's why i suggested the I 640Gb WD drive. It has 2x320Gb platters & is lightning fast and really quiet (I have built 2 systems with them now!0

Raid 0 in not unreliable, It is vunerable to failure, as you lose everything if you lose 1 drive. Raid 0 gives you faster read & write speeds, which is just about every scenario , when you are talking about hard-drives...

SSD is not untested. The new Macbooks use SSD drives, as do the new EEPC's.
All the reviews of the NEW OCZ drives I have seen have been favourable. (Make sure you are
looking at the 2nd Gen ones, I know the 1st gen has issues, 'specially with sustained transfer & write spped, but it looks like OCZ have sorted these issues (mostly).
suspended#10
raid0 is unreliable the failure rates are far greater, obviously if 1 drive dies you lose everything and if you change boards and the raid controller is different you lose everything.

Raid0 doesnt give faster read/write for everything, its only in certain scenarios, mainly loading of files, it will be faster in benchmarks but for alot of things it will give no performance increase.

OCZ SSD is untested which is what i said, not SSD in general. There are about 4 very basic reviews mainly with theoretical benchmarks, none with extracting files with winrar, photoshop, xvid encoding etc. 2yr warranty for a drive that will decrease in value so dramatically when 250mb/s read and 100mb/s write drives are out in a few months by micron and intel and only 32gb means in 2yrs time it will be worth hardly anything at all. 32GB is barely enough to dual boot vista 64 + xp pro sp3 nevermind install any games. the 64GB is £180 ish.
#11
Voted cold as this is the standard price everywhere.
suspended#12
not including delivery is isnt charlie12, its the cheapest, hence you shouldn't have voted cold.
#13
Raid0 doesnt give faster read/write for everything, its only in certain scenarios, mainly loading of files

:) As opposed to ............?
#14
hajj_3
not including delivery is isnt charlie12, its the cheapest, hence you shouldn't have voted cold.


Scan and Ebuyer etc will have it for this price with free del by the time it's out and Dabs starts shipping out.
suspended#15
seek times are a big factor djfluff, if you are opening .doc files, moving files from desktop to program files etc then seek times are the big factor for small files. If you are transferring a 4.4gb .iso then yeah read/write in raid0 will be alot faster but for normal things like windows startup and general tasks windows files are small which are read into memory.

@ charlie, we dont know that, scan charged about £20 ontop for the 300gb velociraptor when it came out, they dont have these up yet, you cant vote cold for a possibly cheaper price in the future, this is the cheapest at time of posting if you wanted to vote cold you should wait until somewhere cheaper adds it and then vote cold.
#16
Fair point hajj_3 :thumbsup: My bad.
#17
charlie12
Scan and Ebuyer etc will have it for this price with free del by the time it's out and Dabs starts shipping out.


You still shouldn't vote cold as Ebuyer and Scam aren't actually offering what you speak of! :roll:
#18
simate
You still shouldn't vote cold as Ebuyer and Scam aren't actually offering what you speak of! :roll:


Yes I realised that hence my post #17.
#19
I would use this for pro audio recording where the speed would be useful but not just for storage.
#20
Raptors are GREAT for use as an OS drive

I have a 150gb previous version, at one point changed to 2x500gb SATA II drives (fastest onest I could buy) in RAID 0 .. setup did not last long

I went back to the 150gb single drive + storage drives within about 2 weeks - the seek times of the 150gb drive made windows etc feel far snappier :)
#21
Basically as fast as SCSI, These will be LOUD! Don't think I would be able to compromise with that. My ultra quiet shuttle with a quiet samsung spinpoint 7200 is more than enough for me. For a PC you dont need anything more, you will be limited by other things anyway. At those sort of speeds unreliability will come into play and if you are not using RAID its no point in having single drive.
#22
i dont see why anyone would want a 74gb 10k rpm drive if you was to get a hdd that size and wanted speed then surely youd be best of getting a solid state hard drive.
#23
I've got a 10,000 standard raptor (36GB) with my windows installation on it. It's noticably faster, especially when you're doing things like unpacking some rar files. But it is very loud. I recommend getting a fast drive if you're interested in performance. Personally though I'm waiting for SSDs to fall to around this price, that's my next HDD upgrade.
#24
cullet16
i dont see why anyone would want a 74gb 10k rpm drive if you was to get a hdd that size and wanted speed then surely youd be best of getting a solid state hard drive.


Yeah find me a SSD for the same price.

I have one of these, boot up times and program loading times are noticeably faster. As already said it makes a great OS drive. Extremely noisy though.
#25
Kaprikawn;2699827
I've got a 10,000 standard raptor (36GB) with my windows installation on it. It's noticably faster, especially when you're doing things like unpacking some rar files. But it is very loud. I recommend getting a fast drive if you're interested in performance. Personally though I'm waiting for SSDs to fall to around this price, that's my next HDD upgrade.

I'm with that line of thinking. This Raptor drive is a performance piece of kit, but the SSDs are the future.
#26
I've had two WD drives, and they both failed on me. I wouldn't have a WD drive again if it was free. I haven't voted.
#27
DarthBlingBling
Yeah find me a SSD for the same price.

I have one of these, boot up times and program loading times are noticeably faster. As already said it makes a great OS drive. Extremely noisy though.


Yes i know they are more expensive but i dont think it will be too long before the prices drop and if your gna get a faster drive why not go full out aye :thumbsup:
#28
TeddyT;2699602
Basically as fast as SCSI, These will be LOUD! Don't think I would be able to compromise with that. My ultra quiet shuttle with a quiet samsung spinpoint 7200 is more than enough for me. For a PC you dont need anything more, you will be limited by other things anyway. At those sort of speeds unreliability will come into play and if you are not using RAID its no point in having single drive.

They're not loud at all. I have an old 36gb raptor before they went to fluid bearings and it's still quit quiet. SCSI drives are in a totally different league to these in terms of noise.

You are so talking out your **** it's not funny. Your hard drive will ALWAYS be the slowest part of your PC. Having a raptor even on it's own not in RAID will speed your PC up. My 36gb raptor has been on 24/7 most of the time for the last 4 and a half years and is absolutely fine so don't give me rubbish about 10k drives being unreliable..... if speed make drives unreliable 15k SCSI drives would be failing all the time which they don't
#29
djfluff
Yea, that's why i suggested the I 640Gb WD drive. It has 2x320Gb platters & is lightning fast and really quiet (I have built 2 systems with them now!0

Raid 0 in not unreliable, It is vunerable to failure, as you lose everything if you lose 1 drive. Raid 0 gives you faster read & write speeds, which is just about every scenario , when you are talking about hard-drives...

SSD is not untested. The new Macbooks use SSD drives, as do the new EEPC's.
All the reviews of the NEW OCZ drives I have seen have been favourable. (Make sure you are
looking at the 2nd Gen ones, I know the 1st gen has issues, 'specially with sustained transfer & write spped, but it looks like OCZ have sorted these issues (mostly).


I totally agree with you - I would defiantely plump for the 2x640gbs over this raptor. If reliability is an issue, run intel matrix raid - have your OS on the raid-0 section and your more precious files on raid-1. Therefore you get max performance plus the benefit of redundancy!

(For those who haven't heard of intel matrix raid, it's amazing technology which basically lets you have raid-0 on one partition of your 2 hard drives and raid-1 on the other!)
#30
306maxi
They're not loud at all. I have an old 36gb raptor before they went to fluid bearings and it's still quit quiet. SCSI drives are in a totally different league to these in terms of noise.

You are so talking out your **** it's not funny. Your hard drive will ALWAYS be the slowest part of your PC. Having a raptor even on it's own not in RAID will speed your PC up. My 36gb raptor has been on 24/7 most of the time for the last 5 and a half years and is absolutely fine so don't give me rubbish about 10k drives being unreliable..... if speed make drives unreliable 15k SCSI drives would be failing all the time which they don't


Yep, most enterprise drives are 15K and required to be on 24/7 so faster drives should defiantely not be more unreliable!
Hard drives (as well as flash drives) will always be unreliable whatever the make, whatever the cost as they are bound to fail at some stage. Yes, flash drives too - they might not break mechanically but they can still break, just like CPU's and RAM which are all solid state. If reliability is required, go for raid!
#31
I've got the 300GB version of this and it's great. Not loud at all, yeah the clicks are audible but not enough to bother me for everyday use. If I was sleeping in the same room as it then I maay reconsider a quieter harddrive.

Quite tempted to switch to two of these in raid 0, hmmmmmm.....
#32
Bit overkill if you ask me. Joe Average won't notice a huge difference, and it's not "really" necessary for a home pc unless you're a real enthusiast, or building something when read/write access has to be optimum.

I'd rather spend the extra cash on more memory, or a slighter faster cpu, or a second cheap monitor etc...

As mentioned the F1 is a great drive. I've read about failures too, but never had a problem with mine in my NAS box. Quiet and cool they run. You get more GB for your money.
#33
love these drives super fast on my quadcore.
#34
wolfman;2700396
Bit overkill if you ask me. Joe Average won't notice a huge difference, and it's not "really" necessary for a home pc unless you're a real enthusiast, or building something when read/write access has to be optimum.

I'd rather spend the extra cash on more memory, or a slighter faster cpu, or a second cheap monitor etc...

True. But it does help.

I've got an E8400, 2gb of Dominator 8500, an X1950XT 512 and a 36gb raptor and without exception I'm almost always the first person to get into servers when I'm playing games online. Every little bit helps. 4 years ago when I bought the hard drive the difference was even bigger. A lot of hard drives 4 years ago were only 5400 rpm and were slow as. Even now it's still a bloody fast drive
#35
I have a couple of the 150gb raptors in my machine and they are BADASS. :thumbsup:

They make my three-year-old-pc fly with Vista.
#36
I have my OS on a 74GB raptor and have done for a couple of years and had no problems whatsoever, VERY fast and not at all noisy. Just my tupence
#37
Guys please do some research before you put across something as "facts".

This is not the old Raptor, this is the VelociRaptor, this is FASTER, QUIETER, and LOWER POWER than most 3.5" hard drives on the market.

No it is not a typo, this really is quieter and lower power. It has pretty much nothing to do with the old Raptor, so don't use the experience of the old Raptor to judge this.

EDIT: Good review of the 300GB model - http://www.storagereview.com/WD3000BLFS.sr
#38
cdm22
Just out of interest why would you want a faster hard drive? Just how much faster is it from a 'normal' one? Can't be that significant can it?


Very, very, very significant. This isn't even in the same league as normal hard drives.
#40
wywywywy
Guys please do some research before you put across something as "facts".

This is not the old Raptor, this is the VelociRaptor, this is FASTER, QUIETER, and LOWER POWER than most 3.5" hard drives on the market.

No it is not a typo, this really is quieter and lower power. It has pretty much nothing to do with the old Raptor, so don't use the experience of the old Raptor to judge this.

EDIT: Good review of the 300GB model - http://www.storagereview.com/WD3000BLFS.sr


How about you calm down and accept that maybe people aren't as thick as you're making out and realise this is the new model :? and that actually past experience on the previous version (i.e. using a 10000rpm drive) may be relevant. Chill bill

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