The Fastest SATA III Hard Disk Drive (HDD) – WD VelociRaptor

In this era speed became a very essential factor to determine the quality and superiority of the storage device in any modern computer. With the emergence of extremely demanding software applications (such as HD video/audio editing software) that need a high I/O performance storage solution, and the surfacing of heavy resource games (such as Battlefield 3 and Arma 2) which take a too long time to load on a standard hard disk drive, Western Digital (WD) suggested a way-out of the hassle with its best effort in the consumer-grade mechanical hard disk drive arena, the VelociRaptor Hard Drive.

WD VelociRaptor

WD VelociRaptor hard drive is a 3.5″ SATA III interfaced that maintains a spindle speed of 10,000 RPM which drives it to be the fastest of its kind. Combining high performance and high reliability, the disk should be well-suited for applications like professional office machines, rendering boxes, high-end video and picture editing, small servers, and enthusiast-oriented desktops in need of a fast hard disk.

Western Digital also offers the new VelociRaptor in capacities of 1 TB (WD1000DHTZ) 250 GB (WD2500HHTZ) and 500 GB (WD5000HHTZ). Apart from their capacities, all three models share the same mechanical and physical specs. You get a spindle speed of 10 000 RPM, a 6 Gb/s SATA interface, 64 MB of cache, and Advanced Format compatibility. The disks are specified for 600 000 load/unload cycles, and offer five-year warranties. The massive metal frame encircling the VelociRaptor helps dissipate heat and it’s so effective, and sequential throughput of more than 200 MB/s makes the WD1000DHTZ the fastest SATA disk.

Be noted that the (WD1000DHTZ) model number of this drive that comes in 1 TB capacity size is the fastest in its lineup.

The biggest problem for the new VR today is: SSDs are much faster, and are quickly becoming more affordable. As a primary drive I wouldn’t recommend the VelociRaptor simply because you can get a better overall experience with an SSD. We have a number of very reliable, reasonably affordable, high-performing SSD options to choose from. (Check the best SSD list on our website).

But if you still need a high-capacity drive that offers significantly higher sequential throughput than competing desktop disks, but either don’t need or can’t justify the cost per gigabyte of an SSD, consider the WD1000DHTZ as an interesting compromise. Or, if you have more to spend, think about the relationship between an SSD and the VelociRaptor in the same machine

As secondary storage, the new VelociRaptor appeals to those users who need more capacity than an SSD can affordably offer, for active use. Launching applications, games, and working on (not just streaming for playback) large data files are all going to be quicker on the VR than on a standard 3.5″ drive. If you’re building the ultimate workstation, you could use an SSD + VR for internal storage coupled with some larger, slower drives in RAID as a backup or for your more passive data (movies, music, edited photos). For most users however, I’d honestly recommend an SSD plus a couple of large, 5400/7200RPM drives in RAID-1 for everything you can’t store on your SSD.

Note: The products prices are as of 21-August-2013 at 11:11 GMT -

WD Velociraptor 10K RPM HDD

Capacity Price Where To Buy
1 TB $222.79 Buy On Amazon
500 GB $143.14 Buy On Amazon
250 GB $97.99 Buy On Amazon

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