Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor
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24 January 2010
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. The first 10K Raptors were only 37 and 74 GB, SATA I, and noisy. The Velociraptor series is much quieter and comes in the 150 and 300 GB flavors and SATA II.
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. Having said that, it is ok as a boot drive, especially with the ridiculous SSD prices now, but expect huge bottlenecking from them.
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. My Vista boot time dropped about 20 seconds when booting from this drive, which is pretty impressive. However, when cloning my current Seagate 500gb drive to this one, I found very many bad sectors on the drive.