Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor
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Michael B., Newegg
19 December 2011
Summary: I would purchase these drives new with the 5 warranty if you intend on keeping these long term.
Pros: These drives are FAST. Ive owned 3 of them for about 5 years. I've been very pleased with their performance and with the 5 year warranty. They are setup in a gaming machine one being master and others slaves. Light to moderate use. (weekend warrior)
Cons: I've had to RMA each of them at least once or twice during there warranty period. They become nosier and start to drop out during data transfers or they hang. A reboot usually fixes the problem but annoying none the less. As soon as I had my last replacements I rigged a fan to blow directly throu...
Cons: I expected some type of speed difference in boot times but really have not seen much of anything. My SSD in my other computer is MUCH faster and for the extra money I would go SSD if your even thinking about doing the VelociRaptor!
Summary: I'll just keep it because I only use this system as a jukebox and I have other drives in this case that have all of the music and video's. My 150 I bought new still shows 139 after 3 years in my main system.
Pros: It's fast and quiet just like my 150GB of the similar model 10K W.D.
Cons: Bought the 74.0 GB rebuilt and ended up with a fast 24.4 GB according to the drives properties page, that's alot of dead area on this thing
Summary: I'm using Intel's ICH10R chipset and am currently running 2 640gb AALS black in RAID0. The array is sliced and my access times have come down to 7.3ms range. With the velociraptors that number cannot be attained. I'm telling you straight.
Pros: Relatively cheap.
Cons: "Cons: People who are obessesed with a WD Caviar Black drive despite this drive being markedly faster and quicker in 99% of benchmarks." I quoted the above statement from an previous reviewer. My reply is there is no obsession about any caviar black drives. I am telling people here what my experi...
Summary: Take your chances, I do like the fact that they (originally) came with a 5 yr. warranty as opposed to the std. 3. Consider them a small, fast solution for an expendable station. If you're lucky, they do FLY :)
Pros: Peformance is significantly faster than any 7200 RPM drive!! Price is within reach of those who want a quick, small storage workstation that saves enough time to make them a real boost to a productivity! They do "grind a bit" but no issue for the 4 I've installed in the office. Overall perfomance...
Cons: Bought 4, 1 out of the first 2 were DOA, 2nd 2 are working "ok" but have significantly (JBOD) different benchmarks, gotta wonder why? I like' em when there working, as my 12 yr old would say, they really "snort" !
Summary: Pure specification numbers, particularly the 10K RPM speed, would logically indicate this is the fastest SATA II drive outside of solid state, but some benchmark reviews and my own experience brings up some questions. I do like that the drive is quiet compared to the Raptor predecessor.
Summary: Works well for a mechanical drive, but nothing impressive. Don't expect huge improvement over Caviar Black for instance, which is available at 2 TB capacity for a fraction more. The main problem with mechanical drives is the seek time, and having faster rotations does little to help with that.
ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com) "ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com)", Amazon
18 December 2008
Summary: Evaluating a hard drive is fairly easy; does it do what it is supposed to do? Is it reliable? In this case, the answer is yes, and maybe. The drive works fine, is lightning fast, and performs as expected.