Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300Gb 10000RPM SATA 16MB Cache OEM was £237 NOW £139.99+Del £5.75 @ Big Pockets - HotUKDeals
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Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300Gb 10000RPM SATA 16MB Cache OEM was £237 NOW £139.99+Del £5.75

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.

Killer speed - Built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor®, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance. Not only are they 35% faster than the previous generation WD Raptor drives, but they also beat out all other competitors in the field.

Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.

Double the capacity - State-of-the-art technology packs twice the capacity per disk compared to its older brother WD Raptor resulting in up to 300 GB of high-performance storage space in this enterprise-class 2.5-inch drive.

Ultra-cool operation - WD VelociRaptor consumes 35% less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor.

IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
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#1
H & R added - it's going to get a bit warm in here I think......
#2
I realise this is for servers, but as it's a 2.5" drive... can it go in a laptop?
:):)
#3
kev_gordon
I realise this is for servers, but as it's a 2.5" drive... can it go in a laptop?
:):)


No Its to tall. Besides it runs hot which is why it has a heatsink.
#4
Excellent drives, more refined I find that the original drives also... I have had a 74GB for years now and loved it, the 300gb drive set me back 200 quid about 4 months ago and worth every penny.

Alex.
#5
I don't really see the point in these anymore, when a good SSD can be had for about the same price. Having used both a Velociraptor and an SSD as my boot drive, I'd take the latter every time.
#6
DrRamtop
I don't really see the point in these anymore, when a good SSD can be had for about the same price. Having used both a Velociraptor and an SSD as my boot drive, I'd take the latter every time.


please show me where i can get a 300gb ssd drive for £146.

ssd's are still pretty expensive... this is a good alternative if you are after a fast boot drive with decent capacity .
#7
Frankenstein
ssd's are still pretty expensive... this is a good alternative if you are after a fast boot drive with decent capacity .

Why buy a Velociraptor? Serious question. If it's for speed, an SSD will blow it away completely with the added benefits of no noise, lower power consumption, less heat, etc. It can't even begin to match an SSD as a boot drive (and yes, SSDs are available at this kind of price).

If capacity is is more important than absolute speed, again why a VR? One of the new 2TB 7200rpm WD drives will give over six times the capacity and in most situations performs similarly to the Velociraptor. £139 is a great price for a VR, but the reason the price is coming down is the same reason WD has abandoned 10,000rpm consumer drives - they're obsolete.
#8
DrRamtop
Why buy a Velociraptor? Serious question. If it's for speed, an SSD will blow it away completely with the added benefits of no noise, lower power consumption, less heat, etc. It can't even begin to match an SSD as a boot drive (and yes, SSDs are available at this kind of price).

If capacity is is more important than absolute speed, again why a VR? One of the new 2TB 7200rpm WD drives will give over six times the capacity and in most situations performs similarly to the Velociraptor. £139 is a great price for a VR, but the reason the price is coming down is the same reason WD has abandoned 10,000rpm consumer drives - they're obsolete.



because... its the closest you can get to a budget boot drive with both good speed and good capacity.

how can a 2tb 7200rpm drive preform the same as a 10000rpm raptor?

The ssd you linked to is 80gb.. compared to 300gb. These days 80gb is just not sufficient for a decent boot drive... agreed if its JUST speed you are after then get an ssd.. and if its just capacity your after get a wd caviar or something.. but for me this is ideal.. as i get a bit of both. Its the best performance boot drive (capacity and speed) avaliable for a man on a budget.
#9
im sure this is a good price for one, but raptor's are a rip off in terms of the tiny extra performance you get out of one. in fact, modern drives like the Sammy F3's perform just as well as raptors overall.
#10
It's a 300GB conventional hard drive and it's expensive, it might be fast but a decent SSD outstrips it in performance. Buy a 128GB SSD and be done with it if you want performance.

Technology is of course getting better all the time, have a look at this fella :

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/superspeed-usb-3.0-raiddrive-supertalent,news-32191.html
#11
Good deal, but like DrRamtop says new 2TB 7200rpm HDs are getting very fast now, and the speed increase of Velociraports is becoming less and less noticeable, maybe a couple seconds in most HD intensive tasks.

Personally I'd get a big 7200rpm HD and hold out for SSDs to get a little cheaper.
#12
good deal for a raptor HOT HOT!

had my 74gig raptor from few years backa nd its going out now.. so tempting but was also going to wait for SSD's to get cheaper hmmmmm!
#13
I have one of these and its bloody quick!
#14
SSDs are not that reliable actually. If you look more into it. They are great when completely blank but speed decreases as they fill up and files get deleted etc. Novatech have had lots of returns due to the drives not living up to expectations.

http://anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3631

makes an interesting read.
#15
These drives are noisey due to the spin speed.

If you want a slient (quiet) PC, then go fro the added cost of a SSD.


Shima
#16
I still reckon 120GB or so is fine for a boot drive, not many people have more apps and OS installed than that, do they? The only one which eats into it is games in my experience, but I am only ever really playing 2-4 games regularly at any one time. I would feel foolish paying £140 for 300GB to put docs, films, photos, etc on when for about £100 you can have 1TB of RAID0 storage.
banned#17
Reality is not an ownership [of the knowledge] issue, it is an experiential issue. Have you experienced it yet within your own circumstance. When matters descend onto Bigpockets' [oka the techno grim-reaper] arena, you know the end is within sight.

Most are here to proclaim their privilege balanced by a couple of wise suggestions but unless one's disposable income matches it, these drives allow for WD to push the envelope whilst it mattered. These disposables should cost £70 nowadays, not twice that.
#18
fishmaster
It's a 300GB conventional hard drive and it's expensive, it might be fast but a decent SSD outstrips it in performance. Buy a 128GB SSD and be done with it if you want performance.

Technology is of course getting better all the time, have a look at this fella :

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/superspeed-usb-3.0-raiddrive-supertalent,news-32191.html

Expensive? And you're going on about SSDs? Really, why even post?
#19
Frankenstein
because... its the closest you can get to a budget boot drive with both good speed and good capacity.

how can a 2tb 7200rpm drive preform the same as a 10000rpm raptor?

The ssd you linked to is 80gb.. compared to 300gb. These days 80gb is just not sufficient for a decent boot drive... agreed if its JUST speed you are after then get an ssd.. and if its just capacity your after get a wd caviar or something.. but for me this is ideal.. as i get a bit of both. Its the best performance boot drive (capacity and speed) avaliable for a man on a budget.


"[COLOR="Black"]These days 80gb is just not sufficient for a decent boot drive[/COLOR]" :w00t:
"how can a 2tb 7200rpm drive preform the same as a 10000rpm raptor?"
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3362/3196671424_70f7766063.jpg
#20
bibu
"[COLOR="Black"]These days 80gb is just not sufficient for a decent boot drive[/COLOR]" :w00t:
"how can a 2tb 7200rpm drive preform the same as a 10000rpm raptor?"
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3362/3196671424_70f7766063.jpg




well tbh by the time i install windows + lets say :
world of warcraft and my steam games 5 or 6 of them ...


the ssd is full. i have 2x 300 veloci. and tbh there not that noisey and they are fast and dont require firmware updates all the time and to be flashed and cleaned every few months to keep preformance + disk drives have a better life expectancy than a ssd ,, but i only paid 390 per drive i wouldt pay more ...and for a DECENT 120gb ssd ur talking £300 ish for a ocz
#21
We have a few 74GB Raptors at work and you can really notice the speed difference over the bog standard HDDs. Awesome as a boot drive with a large 7200RPM as a data drive.
#22
hell, depending on the comp and the config, vista alone can eat up 25 / 30 GB, and thats before you start putting the most basic extras on there..

face it naysayers, SSD's are not a viable alternative to a good mechanical drive atm.
they just plain cost too much more.
fine if you have the money to splurge, not so good for normal everyday poor people like me.
#23
welshd1k
well tbh by the time i install windows + lets say :
world of warcraft and my steam games 5 or 6 of them ...


the ssd is full. i have 2x 300 veloci. and tbh there not that noisey and they are fast and dont require firmware updates all the time and to be flashed and cleaned every few months to keep preformance + disk drives have a better life expectancy than a ssd ,, but i only paid 390 per drive i wouldt pay more ...and for a DECENT 120gb ssd ur talking £300 ish for a ocz


BOOT DRIVE only for windows and may be other OS :thumbsup:
Always Install games and programs on different drive
#24
bibu
"[COLOR="Black"]These days 80gb is just not sufficient for a decent boot drive[/COLOR]" :w00t:
"how can a 2tb 7200rpm drive preform the same as a 10000rpm raptor?"
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3362/3196671424_70f7766063.jpg


they say that a picture can save you a thousand words....

really is not the case here.... a cow having a poo on a beach? lol..

i stand by what i said.

The main reason you would invest in something like an ssd/raptor, is for speed. You want your programs and games to load faster! So you need enough space on the drive to install all of them on it! Otherwise what is the point?
#25
Frankenstein
they say that a picture can save you a thousand words....

really is not the case here.... a cow having a poo on a beach? lol..

i stand by what i said.

The main reason you would invest in something like an ssd/raptor, is for speed. You want your programs and games to load faster! So you need enough space on the drive to install all of them on it! Otherwise what is the point?


Its not cow :w00t:
Its BULLS***ING.... :w00t:
LOL
#26
bibu
BOOT DRIVE only for windows and may be other OS :thumbsup:
Always Install games and programs on different drive


What would be the point of that then?! You'll be negating all the benefits of a fast drive such as faster app load times, game level load times, etc, by using a slower drive. The whole point of getting a fast drive is to speed up your whole PC, not just the boot time.
#27
bibu
Its not cow :w00t:
Its BULLS***ING.... :w00t:
you made my day


loool! :oops:..

But. you still have not said anything to justify your little picture... a little ironic :).
1 Like #28
PhoenixRising
What would be the point of that then?! You'll be negating all the benefits of a fast drive such as faster app load times, game level load times, etc, by using a slower drive. The whole point of getting a fast drive is to speed up your whole PC, not just the boot time.


exactly. :thumbsup:
#29
the fact of the matter is you can get a sammy f3 1tb for about £55 that performs almost identically to a raptor and you get more than 3x the storage.
#30
These drives over excellent performance per GB.

Sure people will go on about SSD, fast start up is not enough for everyone.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/09/08/review_wd_velociraptor_hdd/

Here is an older article that demonstrates that SSD do not have it all thier own way.

And yes when SSD fill up they slow down.

Value for money and performance, These drives win over a SSD.

If I had to choose between the current SSD and the raptor I would take the raptor.

P.S I run both in my system. SSD just for OS and 2x raptors for everything else. If had more issues with the SSD then raptors. So far win 7 has played the nicest with ssd.
#31
2 of these in RAID would be a nerds dream, wish i had the £££. Great price.
#32
I have a Seagate 164Gb SCSI as my OS drive. It spins up at 15000RPM. Only cost me £159 and is faster than the WD Raptor any day.
#33
Esox Lucius
I have a Seagate 164Gb SCSI as my OS drive. It spins up at 15000RPM. Only cost me £159 and is faster than the WD Raptor any day.


yeah and whines like a mofo and needs a scsi card .... which is extra cost again
#34
Frankenstein
loool! :oops:..

But. you still have not said anything to justify your little picture... a little ironic :).


+1 rep for this
#35
I'll keep my Seagate - mofo or not - until SSD's become more affordable
#36
Good price, heat given.

Nellster
the fact of the matter is you can get a sammy f3 1tb for about £55 that performs almost identically to a raptor and you get more than 3x the storage.


I was just waiting for a moronic, wittless comment about how a cheap "1TB drive does the same job for less".

Amateur.
#37
As for a SCSI card - it is optional. I haven't got one, Mr "WelshD1k!
#38
Esox Lucius
I'll keep my Seagate - mofo or not - until SSD's become more affordable


ur missing the point here the Wd is good for the ££ ur scsi requires a scsi card + they are so fing loud... lets face it the Wd drives are good for what they are .
#39
so how do u run a scsi drive of sata ...
1 Like #40
crazyal
Good price, heat given.



I was just waiting for a moronic, wittless comment about how a cheap "1TB drive does the same job for less".

Amateur.


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

No he is not ...You are Amateur :thumbsup:
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/6462/captureql.jpg

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