Before solid-state drives (SSDs), Western Digital's Raptor family of hard drives had always been the fastest internal drive for consumers. And spinning at 10,000rpm, these drives are still very fast, though offering less storage than other 7200rpm hard drives.
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That gap has become narrower; the company has just announced the latest VelociRaptor hard drive that caps at 1TB of storage space.
While 1TB seems small compared with other 3.5-inch hard drives that offer up to 4TB, the new VelociRaptor, like the previous two generations, actually comes in the 2.5-inch standard. However, it is extra thick and has an added metal frame to be as physically big as a regular 3.5-inch hard drive.
WD says that the new hard drive leverages enterprise-class mechanics to provide 24/7 durability under high-performance workloads, and is especially useful for applications that require a lot of writing to disk, such as video editing and digital content creation and management. These are applications where SSDs, with their limited program cycles, show weakness.
Specs-wise, in addition to spinning at 10,000rpm, the new VelociRaptor supports SATA 6Gbps and sports 64MB of cache. According to WD, the drive also offers ultra-cool operations, requiring less power than previous generations. It comes with Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that optimises operation and performance when the drives are used in environments that have lots of vibration, and NoTouch ramp load technology that is designed to improve the life span of the drive by ensuring that the recording head never touches the media.
While not yet available in Australia, the new VelociRaptor is available in the US in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities that carry the price tags of US$320, US$210, and US$160, respectively.