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Western Digital Raptor 74GB 16MB Cache Hard Disk Drive Serial ATA <4.6ms 10,000rpm £55.03 Delivered + Cashback Available @ Novatech
Western Digital Raptor 74GB 16MB Cache Hard Disk Drive Serial ATA <4.6ms 10,000rpm £55.03 Delivered + Cashback Available @ Novatech

Western Digital Raptor 74GB 16MB Cache Hard Disk Drive Serial ATA <4.6ms 10,000rpm £55.03 Delivered + Cashback Available @ Novatech

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Just recieved an email about the clearance HDD offers at Novatech today and this one stood out to me. The latest model of this still costs well over £100 for only a small performance increase. If you are building a gaming rig or a Workstation which will be limited by hard disk speed then this could well be the answer. I have always fancied one but never wanted to spend over £200 on a 150GB RAID 0 setup, at £110 I think it could be just the boost my gaming rig needs.

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I wonder if WD will kill Raptor name or start naming SSD drives after them.

I suspect Samsung/Toshiba/Micron have a severe head start though

I have one of these (for the past 4 years) great drives, but they are noisy! I finally upgraded due to it not being big enough any more.
I bought a wd blue 640gb which is almost entirely silent and theres not much speed difference between the two, the raptor is faster booting for sure though.

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I honestly think I would struggle to hear this over the fans in my gaming machine. Wouldn't use them in my Media Center or Server though.

I had one of these drives in my PC, I was so impressed I bought a 150Gb one as well. Well worth the money.
I wouldn't go back and use slower drives now. My PC boots up in seconds!

Although the fan is a little noisy I'd much prefer a faster drive than a slower quieter one! It's not that bad.

G0OSE;5471497

I have one of these (for the past 4 years) great drives, but they are … I have one of these (for the past 4 years) great drives, but they are noisy! I finally upgraded due to it not being big enough any more.I bought a wd blue 640gb which is almost entirely silent and theres not much speed difference between the two, the raptor is faster booting for sure though.



If you have had it 4 years it will be the GD version which has a ball bearings spindle and not the fluid dynamic bearings used on this version.

Can this still compete against the new 64GB SSD drives? I'm really tempted to buy one of these as a boot disk for half the price of that new Samsung SSD that was posted here the other day.

czrsiNk;5472004

Can this still compete against the new 64GB SSD drives? I'm really … Can this still compete against the new 64GB SSD drives? I'm really tempted to buy one of these as a boot disk for half the price of that new Samsung SSD that was posted here the other day.



Not in most areas, but as you say this is significantly cheaper.

czrsiNk;5472004

Can this still compete against the new 64GB SSD drives? I'm really … Can this still compete against the new 64GB SSD drives? I'm really tempted to buy one of these as a boot disk for half the price of that new Samsung SSD that was posted here the other day.



The short answer is no
The longer answer is noooo

The samsung SSD is an order of magnitude faster in terms of latency (seek time) and is several times faster than the raptor in sequential transfer.

These raptors are old tech - newer high density 7200rpm drives will be faster - good SSD's many times so!

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qpan;5472675

The short answer is noThe longer answer is nooooThe samsung SSD is an … The short answer is noThe longer answer is nooooThe samsung SSD is an order of magnitude faster in terms of latency (seek time) and is several times faster than the raptor in sequential transfer.These raptors are old tech - newer high density 7200rpm drives will be faster - good SSD's many times so!



This is the 2007 single platter revision of the Raptor, not particularly old tech. It is not overall as high performance as the Samsung, but it is half the price. It will be far faster to seek than the new 1TB drives, but will not stream data as fast. As such it will in most cases provide a boost for your OS / Apps drive. With the five year warranty and proven quality it will likely last longer than the SSD drive as they have a shorter lifespan than enterprise grade HDD drives.

Personally I see these as a stopgap till you can get a 300GB-500GB SSD with good performance for around £100. Once they get to that size for a reasonable price they will become commonplace in decent PC's, especially as most homes will have network based mass storage sooner or later.

sibeer;5473496

This is the 2007 single platter revision of the Raptor, not particularly … This is the 2007 single platter revision of the Raptor, not particularly old tech. It is not overall as high performance as the Samsung, but it is half the price. It will be far faster to seek than the new 1TB drives, but will not stream data as fast. As such it will in most cases provide a boost for your OS / Apps drive. With the five year warranty and proven quality it will likely last longer than the SSD drive as they have a shorter lifespan than enterprise grade HDD drives.Personally I see these as a stopgap till you can get a 300GB-500GB SSD with good performance for around £100. Once they get to that size for a reasonable price they will become commonplace in decent PC's, especially as most homes will have network based mass storage sooner or later.



2 years = old tech in the computer world! ;-)

At this point in time, I would just stick with whatever you have now for the next 9months/year, at which point 128gb ssd's will be a semi-reasonable in price - performance gains from the raptor will be negligible. The 2.5" raptor is a different stroy that has much better performance than this drive!

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qpan;5473838

2 years = old tech in the computer world! ;-)At this point in time, I … 2 years = old tech in the computer world! ;-)At this point in time, I would just stick with whatever you have now for the next 9months/year, at which point 128gb ssd's will be a semi-reasonable in price - performance gains from the raptor will be negligible. The 2.5" raptor is a different stroy that has much better performance than this drive!



It's not that old :whistling:

The high density hard disk you mentioned earlier have hardly moved mountains since then. For instance the F1 only came out 6 months later and still seems to be the main contender for a general performance / storage drive. Reviews at the time found performance benefits to the Raptor back then, as the price is now so low it is still worth considering now.

Unfortunately there is no way of judging when SSD prices will come down, or by how much. When they come down to this sort of price then this product clearly becomes unnecessary. Until then though it is an interesting price / performance crossover in the market.

Fantastic price for a stunning drive!! Ordered 2 for RAID :-)
Not only are these very rapid due to the 10k spindle speed but they are also extremely reliable and have build quality only comparable to SCSI HDD's imho. With 5 year warranty you can't go wrong!
Buy one, you won't regret it at this price.

Hot Hot Hot, cheers OP ;-)

You can get a 150GB velociraptor for the price of 2 of these. It would be much quieter as well.

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For the price, you could RAID0 3 of them. . . . . for the same price of a 64gb SLC SSD

cold. having done extensive testing with these i can safely say that they offer millisecond difference on most tasks and are only noticable (slightly) on startup. even if the drive was 500gb i wouldnt bother.

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sibeer;5471606

I honestly think I would struggle to hear this over the fans in my gaming … I honestly think I would struggle to hear this over the fans in my gaming machine.



Same here, I had the front inlet fan on wrong way round only found out due to the hot weather. Was sucking the hot air from the graphics card onto the hard drives making them register at 40C no surprise they started crashing. I think they are only made to tolerate up to 35C or something :whistling:

TonyHarrison;5475448

You can get a 150GB velociraptor for the price of 2 of these. It would be … You can get a 150GB velociraptor for the price of 2 of these. It would be much quieter as well.



True. Might cost a few quid extra - but definitely if your getting two 74's (if your not going to raid them) get the newer velociraptor.

Come to think of it - considering that, this is quite cold. (I actually have the 74GB raptor myself - 110 quid 2 years ago!)

Heat added. Not a bad price. Unfortunately, can't stand the noise anymore.

sibeer;5473496

...most homes will have network based mass storage sooner or later.



20% of uk homes still don't have broadband and have never heard of hotukdeals...i think we will have affordable SSDs before mass home network storage...

good price but don't see the point though...it's an old generation drive

GAVINLEWISHUKD;5471854

If you have had it 4 years it will be the GD version which has a ball … If you have had it 4 years it will be the GD version which has a ball bearings spindle and not the fluid dynamic bearings used on this version.


Fair comment mate - I dont know about the newer version. Im not knocking it at all though, superb drive and will be used again at some point :thumbsup: Thanks for the info!

ok, these drives maybe old but there blistering fast, if your a gamer and a serious one, get one, as pro gamers will no you need to get into servers fast, for best weapons etc, these drives obioulsly together with fast RAM will get you in first, trust me, other than that , old drives better out there , sound issues,mahahahahah dont even let that put u off

andycraze;5476452

good price but don't see the point though...it's an old generation drive



It's an previous generation drive for £55 when the current generation are £125.

lumoruk;5475529

Same here, I had the front inlet fan on wrong way round only found out … Same here, I had the front inlet fan on wrong way round only found out due to the hot weather. Was sucking the hot air from the graphics card onto the hard drives making them register at 40C no surprise they started crashing. I think they are only made to tolerate up to 35C or something :whistling:



You were reading the wrong temperature readings, nothing in a PC is going to be crashing at only 40°C, the microchips will tolerate anything up to 120°C (although CPUs and motherboard chips tend to be measured a far way away from the hottest part so they can crash at recorded readings as low at 70°C), and the hard drives will generally run at 50°C, and if they got too hot they fail permanently rather than just crashing.

Nellster;5475509

cold. having done extensive testing with these i can safely say that they … cold. having done extensive testing with these i can safely say that they offer millisecond difference on most tasks and are only noticable (slightly) on startup. even if the drive was 500gb i wouldnt bother.



Yeah right I'm a network admin and can assure you you don't have a clue what your talking about.

polly69;5478115

Yeah right I'm a network admin and can assure you you don't have a clue … Yeah right I'm a network admin and can assure you you don't have a clue what your talking about.



Well you should know these drives are more suited to high I/O situations then. They are great when you have many users on a network but on a single desktop they are not really going to make much difference over a modern 7200 rpm drive.

polly69;5478115

Yeah right I'm a network admin and can assure you you don't have a clue … Yeah right I'm a network admin and can assure you you don't have a clue what your talking about.



I'm Bill Gates and I can assure you that I am :-D:whistling:

BlkKnight;5475451

For the price, you could RAID0 3 of them. . . . . for the same price of … For the price, you could RAID0 3 of them. . . . . for the same price of a 64gb SLC SSD



Triple the chance of a fail? No thanks!

schizoboy;5471304

I wonder if WD will kill Raptor name or start naming SSD drives after … I wonder if WD will kill Raptor name or start naming SSD drives after them.I suspect Samsung/Toshiba/Micron have a severe head start though



I'd like to think they will keep the (Veloci)Raptor name :thumbsup: Though I get the feeling they saved the VelociRaptor name for something special, and probably the last one.

I'd be very, very surprised if WD weren't developing SSD technology along with the other companies, even if they haven't released anything yet.

[email protected];5479232

Triple the chance of a fail? No thanks!



I doubt these'll have exactly the same chance of failure as an SSD.

These are brutally fast at loading into games. I have one in my gaming rig as a system drive and playing BF2 online i am always the first into the game when a new levels loads by a good margin as well.

For BF2 players only...... on wake island you can load in and run to the runway and take a jet before anyone else even appears. Me and my clan call it a loading hack :whistling:
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