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Western Digital VelociRaptor

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Overall 9

Expert Review

Tweak Town
12 June 2012
  • Excerpt: It's no secret that Western Digital's enterprise flagship enthusiast drive has lost a lot of market share to solid state drives. Before consumer SSDs became popular, every enthusiast on the planet was rocking a 10,000 RPM Raptor.
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Overall 8

1TB Western Digital VelociRaptor Review

maximum pc
5 June 2012
  • Excerpt: Western Digital releases a new Raptor drive every couple of years, and each time the performance and capacity increase while the price for the highest-capacity model stays around $300. This year’s iteration finally breaks 1TB, but the VelociRaptor remains caught between increasingly fast 7,200rpm drives and increasingly capacious SSDs. Is it the best of both worlds, or the worst?
  • Pros: Middle‑ground between SSD speed and HDD capacity/reliability; quick random-access times and fast raw reads and writes.
  • Cons: Awkward middle‑ground between SSD high price and HDD slow speeds.
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Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive

4 May 2012
  • Conclusion: It is interesting to see Western Digital give the VelociRaptor another boost and release the new drive given the fact that the enthusiasts storage has shifted toward SSD. There is no question that the VelociRaptor is the fastest desktop hard drive available. Compared to other hard drives, we can see that the VelociRaptor is 20-30% faster. Its fast seek speed and high sequential read and write throughput surely will put any platter drive to shame.
  • Pros: Good sequential read and write, Good seek performance, 1 TB of storage, 5 year warranty
  • Cons: Expensive; high price per GB ratio, Noisy
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Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB reviewed

18 April 2012
  • Excerpt: Western Digital released a 1TB version of the VelociRaptor. How does this 10,000 RPM drive stack up against traditional hard drives and SSDs?
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Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review

Legit Reviews
16 April 2012
  • Summary: We found the latest incarnation of the Western Digital VelociRaptor to be an solid economical alternative to pricey, large capacity SSDs while offering some admirable performance numbers. Still, with hard drive prices already inflated, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception they receive from consumers.
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Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Review - 10K RPM Hits a Larger Capacity

PC Perspective
16 April 2012
  • Excerpt: It's been a long while since we've looked at a hard drive, and how fitting that it be a new model of the Western Digital VelociRaptor! Western Digital appears to be on a somewhat fixed 2-year cycle with these, as out 600GB VelociRaptor Review went up two Aprils ago, and the 300GB two years prior to that. Well then, let's take a look at this new model! This new unit nearly doubles the capacity of its predecessor.
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Expert Review

Techware Labs
11 October 2010
  • Excerpt: In the world mainly dominated by slow cheap large capacity drives how does the small capacity expensive raptors keep up? Well with speed of course! The new Velciraptor from Western Digital is not only faster than its predecessor but also twice as large. Does the drive keep up with its claims? Does it even have a slot in the market now that SSDs are becoming more affordable? Is the price tag worth the performance gain? Read on and find out.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

28 July 2010
  • Excerpt: Affordable SSDs and hybrid hard drives steal some of its thunder, but this drive packs tons of speedy storage and impressive write speeds for far less than similar-capacity SSDs.
  • Pros: Fast read speeds and very fast write speeds, Impressive capacity for such a speedy drive
  • Cons: Slower than some budget SSDs at booting Windows, Expensive compared with Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid hard drive
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Overall 9

Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Review

maximum pc
24 June 2010
  • Excerpt: For years, if you wanted the speediest consumer hard drive you could get your hands on, you went with a 10,000rpm Western Digital Raptor. Its first incarnation, released in 2003, was a 37GB single-platter drive using a PATA-to-SATA bridge. The next year brought a 74GB SATA 150 drive, and thereafter the drives roughly doubled in size (and went up a SATA spec) every couple of years.
  • Pros: Fastest hard drive; 6Gb/s SATA; welcome capacity bump.
  • Cons: Occupies awkward performance/capacity middle ground.
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Overall 8

Western Digital VelociRaptor (1TB)

PC Magazine
9 May 2010
  • Conclusion: The Western Digital VelociRaptor is back in a 1TB version that reclaims the speed crown for spinning media?but it can?t compare to SSDs on the performance front.
  • Pros: Speedy for a hard drive. Inexpensive compared with SSDs.
  • Cons: Slower than SSDs. Pricier than traditional spinning hard drives.
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