Summary: I bought three of these drives to update our XP Internet workstations so that we could upgrade to Windows 7 and still have a reasonable experience. Boy, what a difference these drives made over the performance of these systems compared to the drives originally installed. Boot times, file access times, and application speed all improved dramatically over the 7,800 RPM drives we had been using and that was before upgrading to Windows 7.
Summary: I was inpressed by the speed and capacity, and it worked very well for 3 years. Turned it on at 6 or 7 AM and off at 9 or 10 PM for 3 years and 3 months in a stripe pair. Now it is getting reread flags so I tried to re task it but it crawls on restore and fails. So seperate low priority work drives it is. I have replaced it with a pair of Crucial SSD's speed and reliability restored. Lesson? don'd go skimping if you really want the best.
Summary: Why bother with configuring a SCSI or two drive in raid 0 when this is just as fast and it plug in play. I would use this drive on the OS and program install only and a 2 terabyte for saving content like video pics and docs. \ As far as vs a Solid state drive yes the solid state book faster but who cares the important part is real world use like audio and video conversion real world transfer rates ect...
Raptor is the way to go for serious performance and general use as it is a long term lasting HD
Kid Icarus "The Lad from Hades", Amazon
30 December 2009
Summary: Firstly, I would never consider getting anything but the Raptor hard drive for any new computer I was going to be serious about(as in gaming and main rig) I usually prefer to pair it up and go "RAID 0" as it is a pretty solid drive and doesn't take damage so performance can be gained and you need not sacrifice it for "RAID 1" these things do not fail!(with proper front cooling).
Summary: EXPENSIVE AND PRONE TO FAILURE. Known firmware problems result in drive failure in 49.7 days of usage. WD recommends a cold power down of the computers containing the drive every 30 to 45 days. The issue results from problems in the TLER and FIS firmware programing. The error occurs when someone is reading or writing to on the 49.7th day of operation.
Summary: The Western Digital 10KRPM Velociraptor hard drive series is the fastest non-solid state drives out there. There are no funky drivers or software or connectors or cables or anything: the drive plugged in just like a standard SATA drive, bolted to my PC's chassis just like any hard drive, and was whizzing away at 10,000 revolutions per minute as soon as I hit the power switch.
Summary: First off, this is not listed as an OEM product, but it is in fact OEM. That means that it does not come with any supporting documentation, SATA cables, power cables, or retail packaging. Its very frustrating that Amazon has neglected to list this as "OEM." I don't have a problem buying OEM, I do it all the time as I've got a large supply of left over computer parts and always have things like SATA cables lying around.
Summary: First, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this drive. Regarding the position of the SATA connectors; this is a 2.5" form factor drive in a 3.5" aluminum cooling bezel for convenient use in most desktop computers. Look at the product picture and you can see this. If you need to use a drive in a docking situation where location matters, don't buy this drive. This is the OEM version of the drive. The retail box version sells at significantly higher price.