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Western Digital – Velociraptor 600 GB Hard Drive


In the world mainly dominated by slow cheap large capacity drives how does the small capacity expensive raptors keep up? Well with speed of course! The new Velciraptor from Western Digital is not only faster than its predecessor but also twice as large. Does the drive keep up with its claims? Does it even have a slot in the market now that SSDs are becoming more affordable? Is the price tag worth the performance gain? Read on and find out.



While the specifications for the new drive look similar to its predecessor one of the key features of the new design is the 6Gb/s transfer rate. This means that in order to take full advantage of the burst rates one must connect the drive to a SATA III interface. Other enhancements over the old drive model include lower seek times and more importantly a doubled buffer size.

Performance Specifications Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 32 MB
Average Latency 3.00 ms
Load/unload Cycles 600,000 minimum
Seek Times Read Seek Time 3.6 ms (average)
Write Seek Time 4.2 ms (average)
Track-To-Track Seek 0.4 ms (average)
Transfer Rates Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 6 Gb/s (Max)

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