Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor
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So far, so good
L. Spain, Amazon
16 March 2011
Summary: This device -- a Western Digital 300 GB VelociRaptor SATA 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive -- was really easy to install. After formatting it with Windows XP, it booted-up without error and has been performing smoothly in my computer for about a month, now. The drive operates swiftly in concert with my computer's configuration -- Intel Core2 Duo E6850 CPU at 3.0 GHz, four GB's of RAM, on a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard.
Don't expect Windows Experience Index to go up, unless you RAID
Nick Birkner, Amazon
28 September 2010
Summary: This is a nice, fast disk, as should be expected. I have had no problems with it so far after one month of use. However, if you are trying to get your Windows Experience Index to go up, you had better be prepared to buy two of these for a RAID setup, because this drive is being rated at 5.9, the same as my last drive. It seems as if only RAID or SSDs will raise that score any higher.
Summary: This item does not include a SATA cable. Spend the .50 cents extra now, order one from an independent online retailor. If you try to buy a SATA cable at "Best Buy" plan on spending $25!!!!! I did and it was a humiliating experience. For whatever reason, if its time to install a new HD, buy even a 30GB version of this one and use it for a boot drive. TOTALLY WORTH it. I have the 300GB, install all games on it.
Summary: I don't have test equipment and since I was reloading all new software I did not have the benefit of a known system that I could compare the feel of a single component change. Never the less I did my homework before choosing this to purchase the WD Raptor and I have never seen programs load as fast or files transfer with such speed as I have while using this Hard drive. In fact I purchased a second unit for this same computer. One for the programs and operating system.
A large fast hard drive, but maybe not worth the money
P. Tjarks, Amazon
15 July 2009
Summary: I was running (2) 75gig Raptor hard drives with the OP system on one and other programs on the other, and a third for storage of documents but it would get sluggish when searching for files. So I went to the one 300 gig Velociraptor and combined the two Raptors on it. Oddly enough it seems to me that the Single drive is acually a bit slower than the two drives in day to day switching between files and programs, but it no longer freezes during the start of a search.
Summary: If you're familiar with the previous Raptor drives, you have an idea of the amazing performance delivered by WD's enterprise drives. One word of caution though: The models ending in GLFS, such as this one, have the SATA connector in a nonstandard location. That makes this unsuitable for RAID arrays, Mac Pros, Dells with fixed-position ribbon connectors, etc.
Summary: This is a fantastic high performance drive and quite frankly until ssd's come down in price and their lifespan increases I will be sticking with these. Western Digital has used the smaller 2.5in size of drive to reduce overall platter size and the read/write head movement required and thus increase the access speed. The drive itself is slightly taller than a normal 2.5in laptop hard disk though (so you can't fit it into a netbook or typical laptop).
Summary: With the prices of SSD's faling quickly now, if you don't NEED the 300gb that this offers, you can get a faster SSD (64GB) for your operating system and programs. Having said that, this is stil very good and still just about faster than more modern, larger, fast drives - just not the good value it once was!