WD 300GB Velociraptor Hard Drive - £97.48 + 3.99 Delivery - Best Buy
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WD 300GB Velociraptor Hard Drive - £97.48 + 3.99 Delivery - Best Buy

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Found 30th Nov 2011
Use the code BBY to claim the discount on this item. One of the best items remaining in best buys big closing down sale. With HDD prices at an all time high due to floods in Thailand i think this is a great deal for a reasonably sized but very fast hdd. Bought one myself to complement my ssd.

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Voted cold, seems a lot just to be able to move your files a bit quicker. I'd rather have 3-4tb of storage space for this price.

esclad

Voted cold, seems a lot just to be able to move your files a bit quicker. … Voted cold, seems a lot just to be able to move your files a bit quicker. I'd rather have 3-4tb of storage space for this price.



Way to miss the entire point of the hardware. The reason it's a higher price is because it's a performance part, you're paying extra for the increased speed over a standard HDD, which can boost a systems overall responsiveness and decrease general loading and boot times. Why vote cold on something you either don't understand or have no interest in? It only shows your ignorance on the matter.

Hot

I had a 160gb drive and didnt notice much in the way of speed increase. I have since swapped it for a larger drive.

SSDs are killing this market since nobody is going to put up with the increased heat and noise that these things put out, especially as they cannot compete with newer technology except on price per GB. Speed increases over decent standard drives, like the Samsung F3 1TBs are pretty marginal these days, anyway.

I have a 600gb Velociraptor in a PC I won. I have to say that it is significantly faster than the Samsung F3 1TB in my other PC. Quieter too.

In the end it's like comparing a Ferrari to a BMW. You don't *need* the extra speed but that's not the point...you *want* it!

I have several of the 150gb drives, and have to say, they are noisy, use more power, and create more heat. They don't perform any better than a modern 2tb disc would, really. The much increased data density on the modern drives means higher read speeds, and the higher capacity then means the larger discs make more sense.

They're good drives if you already have one, but I would not go out and purchase one these days. They do benefit from a higher MTBF usually, and being enterprise class drives they are very slightly better suited to RAID, because if one drive fails the rest respond more appropriately, however, most modern RAID solutions are not going to have any issues with normal 'domestic' drives. anyway.

If for some reason you were specifically after one of these drives, perhaps to replace a failed drive from a RAID, then this is a great price, but maybe it's time to move on.
Edited by: "Hearnia_2K" 30th Nov 2011

Its only SATA II I'd want SATAIII at this price. It still pretty good for a Velociraptor but IMO not a worth while purchase when you could get a decent although smaller SSD for the same price. Not voted either way.

Cold. These drives were okay back in their day, but their day was like about five years ago. These days, they're like a poor man's SSD.

Hot and purchased already...also quidco available.
Would be good to use just as a games drive and a SSD for OS stuff

hs1ngh

Hot and purchased already...also quidco available.Would be good to use … Hot and purchased already...also quidco available.Would be good to use just as a games drive and a SSD for OS stuff



I think you would be better doing it the other way round, tbh. Games are going to be constantly reading, with a bit of writing to the disk, and once the game has started the OS should not be doing much on the disk at all. Thus, for the best performance where it matters (in games), the games should be on the SSD.

Hearnia_2K

I think you would be better doing it the other way round, tbh. Games are … I think you would be better doing it the other way round, tbh. Games are going to be constantly reading, with a bit of writing to the disk, and once the game has started the OS should not be doing much on the disk at all. Thus, for the best performance where it matters (in games), the games should be on the SSD.



Yeah - I want to keep my games on SSD drive but to be honest its a huge problem. Windows 7 - 20 GB just after install, World of Warcraft - 32 GB, new Star Wars online (beta) - 18 GB. Each good game these days means 10-20 GB. For a few games you need 512 GB SSD drive for about... 500 pounds. In such terms Western Digital Velociraptor with 300, 450 or 600 GB or Seagate Momentus XT with 500 GB its a realy good option for money. Both of them are really fast (of course slower then SSD) and trust me - every gamer will feel that are better then usual HDD - even Samsung F3. I had normal HDD, later Raptor and now SSD in my desktop. I have Momentus in my laptop. I know them well

Yep that's the plan. With hdd prices as they are I think this is a great deal for a quality and very fast drive. This for gaming etc, bigger hdd's for storage and an ssd for os would be a nice little setup. Good deal op again


Marek27

Yeah - I want to keep my games on SSD drive but to be honest its a huge … Yeah - I want to keep my games on SSD drive but to be honest its a huge problem. Windows 7 - 20 GB just after install, World of Warcraft - 32 GB, new Star Wars online (beta) - 18 GB. Each good game these days means 10-20 GB. For a few games you need 512 GB SSD drive for about... 500 pounds. In such terms Western Digital Velociraptor with 300, 450 or 600 GB or Seagate Momentus XT with 500 GB its a realy good option for money. Both of them are really fast (of course slower then SSD) and trust me - every gamer will feel that are better then usual HDD - even Samsung F3. I had normal HDD, later Raptor and now SSD in my desktop. I have Momentus in my laptop. I know them well


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