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Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 Gb (10 000 rpm) SATA 16 Mb 3.5" Hard Drive (Backplane Compatible)

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  • Killer speed - built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives deliver mind-bending performance
  • Ultra-cool operation - consumes 35 % less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor
  • IcePack mounting frame - enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink
  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - optimises operation and performance
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • NoTouch ramp load technology - the recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear
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BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.8 Kg
Product Dimensions14.7 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
Item model numberWD3000HLFS
Hard Drive Size300 GB
  
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ASINB001FBH0HE
Best Sellers Rank 136,578 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight14 Kg
Date First Available16 Oct. 2008
  
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Engineered for maximum speed! WD VelociRaptor, the newest member of our unique class of 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives, combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache to deliver performance that's up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother.

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Engineered for maximum speed, the WD VelociRaptor (the newest member of WD's 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive family) combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache to deliver performance that’s up to 35% faster than other 10K drives.

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Seriously, you don't need reviews on amazon to tell you how good this drive is. What I'll tell you is how good the software is too. The software that you find on Western Digital's website. If you want to migrate your system partition to this drive, it lets you copy everything from C:\ to the new drive (not limited to velociraptor) including boot sector etc.. Basically a cloning except it doesn't need to have the two partitions at the same size.
You then boot from the new drive and voilà! The same environment but at a (very) different speed.

Highly recommended.
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Replaced the original system disc in a MacPro 2006 with one of these. Boot up time is massively increased and application startups are much faster.
In depth reviews are readily available elsewhere, but I don't need geeky numbers to say that this drive has breathed new life into an ageing computer.
My computer has been reborn!
The only down side is that disc noise is more noticeable during reading/writing, but I can live with it for the speed boost.
I would recommend installing the OS clean from DVD and migrating everything else across afterwards, rather than cloning from another system disc.
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I had the smaller 150Gb version of the velociRaptor as my system drive, fitted when new, and the difference now after the upgrade to 300Gb velociRaptor is really noticeable. Makes me wonder if something was wrong with the older one!

I was down to my last 3Gb on my system drive so I was purchasing this 300Gb as a replacement system drive. Using Acronis software cloning facility the change over was very simple and seemless. When I booted up for the first time the first thing I noticed was how quiet the new drive was compared to the older one (18 months old?!)I can now actually hear the cooling fan :o) Not only that but bootup seemed a bit quicker and smoother! All in all, I am very impressed. Highly recommended
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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!
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By Andrew TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2011
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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). Due to the increased heat generated by the 10,000rpm motor, the disk is fitted into a 3.5in heat sink casing to provide sufficient cooling.
The heat sink casing really benefitted from my front intake fans on my Antec 300 reducing its temperature from an idle temp of high 30's to low 30's.
While the VelociRaptor is a very fast hard disk, and grants obvious performance benefits over other hard disk drives, however don't expect it to match the near-instant responsiveness and feeling of using an SSD as a boot disk. However in comparison to other hard disks such as the WD caviar black I used to have it is about 10% faster in everyday use. They are also a lot quieter than their predecessors and use a newer sata interface to boost speeds.
A Raptor will be my first choice for a while to come yet until SSD's fall in price, increase in capacity and issues such as trim support and longevity are properly resolved.
Western Digital also provide some nice software tools on their website including Acronis which makes replacing a system disk far less painful. You literally use the software to clone your old drive to this one and then change the new drive to your boot drive and your done!
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