Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM 3.5" Hard Disk Drive £99.97 @ PC World (PCworld) - HotUKDeals
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I just saw the Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10,000 RPM HDD at PC World Aylesbury (Unit 2C Broadfields Retail Park, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8BU). There was one left there at £99.97 reduced on Clearance by around £80, I am not sure if it is a nationwide clearance, but should be if it is part of the clearance sale. The specs for the VelociRaptor are:

Killer speed - built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives deliver mind-bending performance
Ultra-cool operation - consumes 35 % less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor
IcePack mounting frame - enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - optimises operation and performance
NoTouch ramp load technology - the recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear
Technical Details

Drive Interface: Serial ATA/300
Disk Size: 3.5 inches
Disk Capacity: 300 Gb
Disk Speed: 10000 rpm
Data Buffer/RAM: 16 Mb
Bytes per Sector: 512
Average Seek Time: 4.2 ms (Read), 4.7 ms (Write)
Seek Time (Track to Track): 0.7 ms
Average Latency: 3 ms
Power Requirement Idle (Ready): 4.53 W
Acoustics (Seek Mode): 36 dB
Acoustics (Idle Mode): 29 dB
Operating Temperature: 5 to 55°C
Non Operating Temperature: -40 to 70°C
Relative Humidity: 5 to 95%
Form Factor: 3.5 inch Hard Disk Drive
Enclosure type: Internal
Dimensions (WxDxH): 101.6 x 147 x 26.1 mm
Weight : 0.489 Kg
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#1
I thought the newer generation of 1Tb SATA's were very near as fast as the velociraptor's now?
#2
Do you have a link please? I can't find it on the site!
#3
Sorry, I forgot to say it was instore only, I thought that as I put it as an instore deal when i made the thread that it would show up on here.
2 Likes #4
Uridium
I thought the newer generation of 1Tb SATA's were very near as fast as the velociraptor's now?


Velociraptor beats them on random access, but I'd still go for an SSD and standard drive combination instead (I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and 1tb Samsung F3 in my setup).
#5
MBeeching
Uridium
I thought the newer generation of 1Tb SATA's were very near as fast as the velociraptor's now?


Velociraptor beats them on random access, but I'd still go for an SSD and standard drive combination instead (I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and 1tb Samsung F3 in my setup).

This 8)
banned#6
this could potentially be a wild goosechase!

i've always wanted this drive tho!
#7
There were also many Belkin N150 and N300 Routers on sale at £59.99 there, I was only there 2 and a half hours ago, so there should be a couple left.
#8
store specific, all .97 prices are managers offer, don't waste your time looking in other stores
#9
qfel
store specific, all .97 prices are managers offer, don't waste your time looking in other stores


No, .97 means discontinued.
#10
A good price for this drive, but anyone with some common sense wouldn't pay this much for a conventional drive with such a low capacity. I'd have to check but I imagine even a hybrid WD 500GB would beat this drive and it's about £15 less.
1 Like #11
aymanhd
There were also many Belkin N150 and N300 Routers on sale at £59.99 there, I was only there 2 and a half hours ago, so there should be a couple left.


Wouldn't be suprised if there's some left. Personally I'd leave them on the shelf.
4 Likes #12
Horrible unreliable drives. I work on a site with thousands of HP XW6400's/XW4600's/XW6600's/Z400's/dc7700's/7800's/7900's, which all have Raptors/VelociRaptors.
These things fail at an unbelievable rate (in fact the newest ones with the sticker with the yellow top are the worst of all), but they keep me in a job 8) (I log around 15 - 20 faulty HDD's a week with HP, they know me well. Even their own helpdesk say these drives have an extremely high failure rate).
I wouldn't use them in my PC's, that's for sure.

Anyway, as has already been mentioned, the ONLY bonus with these is random access times, everything else it is beaten on by the likes of the Sammy F3 (and probably others by now).


Edited By: jukkie on Jan 07, 2011 15:10: .
#13
I was after the Linksys by Cisco ADSL Routers, I have not had much trouble with Belkin over the years but I would also not purchase them, but most PC world clientèle do not know much about the products they are buying, I only go in there to look for deals and cheap bargain bucket style stuff.
#14
i nipped to pcworld just to pick up a usb cable. Looked for this HDD, its £94.97 @ the merry hill currys/pc world. So this could be nationwide. Only 1 there though, i dont need but hot. I still use 2 old 36gig raptors which are going strong!! Heat added
#15
MBeeching
Uridium
I thought the newer generation of 1Tb SATA's were very near as fast as the velociraptor's now?


Velociraptor beats them on random access, but I'd still go for an SSD and standard drive combination instead (I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and 1tb Samsung F3 in my setup).

I'd love too, but still a little expensive to do this effectively as far as I can see.
I'm a little out of touch with this, but my understanding is that its a good price for the Raptor, but for the slight drop in speed (and less than half price) would probably be better just going for the F3.

Still, if you desperately want this then it's a good price - so hot.
1 Like #16
Personally capacity is a lot more important to me, good deal if you want speed though I suppose, but I could get 3-4tb for this price.

MrGBrown
i nipped to pcworld just to pick up a usb cable

Was that cable the same price as this drive? :D
#17
Seriously, just go for a SSD for main and standard magneto for the second.

Far less hassle. Maybe Try out the Seagate Momentous X1's (sp?), some new fangled "Hybrid" SSD/Spinning technology.
#18
300GB isn't a lot. Voted cold.
#19
MBeeching
Velociraptor beats them on random access, but I'd still go for an SSD and standard drive combination instead (I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and 1tb Samsung F3 in my setup).


I've got a 500GB Samsung F3, and it's an amazingly fast drive, and extremely quiet.

We managed to hold of a few VelociRaptors at work, put one in my machine and took it out before the OS had finished installing. Couldn't suffer the noise!
#20
DoktorMesmer
300GB isn't a lot. Voted cold.


It's more than enough for me. 300GB is perfect for an OS and applications.

(I've got a 1TB NAS and around 1TB of external drives to back it up to)
#21
Sorry, cold. If you're seriously after improving your boot speed, SSD all the way. if you're just after storage, a 7200RPM is good enough - you can pick up a decent 2TB for around £70.
#22
Personally, I wouldn't go for this drive, as I know it can be very loud, but I don't know why people are voting cold for when this is the cheapest you can get it, unless you resort to going to ebay. I have 2 256GB SSDs as the main OS and applications drive and 4TB of storage, where can you get 3-4tb for under £100?
#23
qfel
store specific, all .97 prices are managers offer, don't waste your time looking in other stores


Wrong, as said if it ends in a '7' its company clearance. If the OP gives a product code i'll look up what stock is left. (6 numbers on your receipt)
#24
this is on the front page for being hot but is in the minus figures. Odd!
#25
thecresta
MBeeching
Velociraptor beats them on random access, but I'd still go for an SSD and standard drive combination instead (I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and 1tb Samsung F3 in my setup).


I've got a 500GB Samsung F3, and it's an amazingly fast drive, and extremely quiet.


I preferred my 500gb F3, definitely quieter than the 1tb model.
In all honesty I found the Vertex good but not great when you consider the price difference with an F3.
#26
abaxas
qfel
store specific, all .97 prices are managers offer, don't waste your time looking in other stores

No, .97 means discontinued.

actually it's clearance, so the product isn't necesarily discontinued
#27
While they used to be the pinnacle of performance in home PCs, unfortunately these are a dying breed now with SSDs appearing on the scene and its days are numbered.
#28
neoboy
While they used to be the pinnacle of performance in home PCs, unfortunately these are a dying breed now with SSDs appearing on the scene and its days are numbered.


This is true, but you cannot get a 300gb ssd drive for anywhere near this price.
It is a good price for the drive and that is what this site is supposed to be about, so heat added.
#29
Certainly can't get SSD of this size for the money and while currently it still has a small gap to serve in the market between the traditional drives and SSDs as price of the latter fall it will make less and less financial sense not to mention facing competition from those SSD/SATA hybrid drives. Now that these are in decline I find it kind of ironic that it has a dinosaur inspired name :p
1 Like #30
Heat added, I have an SSD as a OS drive & a VelociRaptor dedicated as my games drive, wickedly fast. Noisy? No. The 1st gen raptors (74Gb) were horrendous for noise, but these are as quiet as a mouse, as for fail rates, I know ~15 people that have had them for about 2 years with no issues.

For me 300Gb is a perfect size for a games drive (damn you steam sales). To give you an idea performance wise, I installed BFBC2 on the SSD (Corsair Force 120Gb) & it loads into a map, ready to play only 5 seconds faster than with the VelociRaptor. The Seagate F3 takes ~15secs longer. Make up your own mind if this drive is 'past it'. For a two year old drive it still holds its own.

FWIW The seagate momentus being bandied as a replacement isn't. The 'ssd' side of the momentus looks at your daily habits & moves commonly used files to the 'ssd' side for quicker access. Crucially you cannot control what's loaded to the ssd side & therefore your speed gains will be for things which happen on every boot, eg OS files, browser, some game files, programs loading on startup, device drivers etc. It will not speed 'everything' up.

Edited By: northernlights on Jan 07, 2011 17:18
#31
northernlights
Heat added, I have an SSD as a OS drive & a VelociRaptor dedicated as my games drive, wickedly fast. Noisy? No. The 1st gen raptors (74Gb) were horrendous for noise, but these are as quiet as a mouse, as for fail rates, I know ~15 people that have had them for about 2 years with no issues.

For me 300Gb is a perfect size for a games drive (damn you steam sales). To give you an idea performance wise, I installed BFBC2 on the SSD (Corsair Force 120Gb) & it loads into a map, ready to play only 5 seconds faster than with the VelociRaptor. The Seagate F3 takes ~15secs longer. Make up your own mind if this drive is 'past it'. For a two year old drive it still holds its own.

FWIW The seagate momentus being bandied as a replacement isn't. The 'ssd' side of the momentus looks at your daily habits & moves commonly used files to the 'ssd' side for quicker access. Crucially you cannot control what's loaded to the ssd side & therefore your speed gains will be for things which happen on every boot, eg OS files, browser, some game files, programs loading on startup, device drivers etc. It will not speed 'everything' up.

Agree 100% :)

Heat added for the deal.
1 Like #32
Not worth it for a 300gb hard drive even if 10,000 rpm COLD!
1 Like #33
Nice offer.. and on the plus side, if you have any sense at all you can run rings around the novices at PCW when returning your product xD

I do think though that SSD's are in the right price range now, and unless its an exceptional offer I wouldnt even consider mechanical drives anymore.

Try slinging some SSD's in a raid0.. you dont look back :)
1 Like #34
just as well get a 500GB storage drive for ~£26 then spend £74 on an SSD, shud be able to get a 64GB kingston for that price!
much better combination and more storage and less power hungry and probably quieter!
good if u want a velociraptor but i dont know why anybody would these days!
#35
I think it's a shame this has gone so cold!

If you need fast access times and only only have a limited budget but need something bigger than 40GB(!!) at the same time then this is perfect. I wouldn't want some 3rd rate, old Kingston SSD either.

I have a 40GB Cricual C300 and have no problem keeping my OS and installs well under 30GB but it doesn't mean I have to put this down.

Edited By: PoisonJam on Jan 07, 2011 21:42
#36
Actually, these are supposed to be really quiet when taken out of the "icepack" enclosure they're in - voids the warranty of course. Remember they're 2.5 inch drives and fairly low power, too. I'm tempted to get one at this price, take it out of that enclose and run it as a storage drive with awesome access times :3

I don't need 2TB to keep illegal downloads and porn on ;)

Edited By: PoisonJam on Jan 07, 2011 21:47
#37
PoisonJam
Actually, these are supposed to be really quiet when taken out of the "icepack" enclosure they're in - voids the warranty of course.
And knowing the failure rate of these drives, that would be a huge mistake.

I've handled these drives on a daily basis for a long, long time, so I doubt anyone else here knows these drives as well as me.
They are high risk, and should be avoided like the plague.

Edited By: jukkie on Jan 08, 2011 15:40
#38
It's still there in the Aylesbury Store at the same price.
#39
I have just been there today and is now £79.99 which I would say is a very hot price for this drive.
#40
thecresta
DoktorMesmer
300GB isn't a lot. Voted cold.

It's more than enough for me. 300GB is perfect for an OS and applications.
(I've got a 1TB NAS and around 1TB of external drives to back it up to)


It might be enough for you but you don't need to pay £100 for it!

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