WD VelociRaptor 600GB RAID review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

WD VelociRaptor 600GB RAID review

Introduction

Back when Solid State Drives were in their infancy there was one clear choice if you wanted to have the absolute highest performing hard-drive available, the Western Digital VelociRaptor.

It was so much faster than the average hard-drive that it seemed to come from the future. The main problem with it was that the capacity was significantly lower than other hard-drives, and yet it cost quite a lot more.

Time moves on and the Solid State Drives have become larger in capacity than their early models, significantly cheaper when it comes to price-per-gigabyte, and pretty much become the default performance choice. Similarly to the old VelociRaptor though the main bone of contention levelled against it is that the capacity is low whilst the price is high, when compared to standard drives.

Of course when we're at the performance end of the spectrum price becomes much less of a consideration. If you were more interested in saving pennies than performance you'd still be running a P200MMX.

We recently wondered if it was possible to solve the performance/capacity problem by returning from the world of the solid state back to the place it all began, the WD VelociRaptor. To make sure we give it the best chance of really nailing the performance per pound bracket, we're going to be running 2 600GB ones in RAID 0.

Technical Specifications

No doubting that the VelociRaptor is deserving of its vicious namesake.

Data Transfer Rate (maximum)

Buffer to Host

Host to/from drive
6.0 Gb/s max
145 MB/s sustained
Average Read Seek 3.6 ms
Average Write Seek 4.2 ms
Track-to-track Seek 0.4 ms maximum
Average Latency 3 ms
Read Cache Adaptive
Write Cache Yes
Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM
Buffer 32 MB
Error Rate (non-recoverable) <1 in 1015 bits read
Load/Unload Cycles 600,000 minimum
LBA Support Yes

 

Let's have a look at what we have today.

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Most Recent Comments

02-11-2010, 19:15:22

tinytomlogan
Before SSDs there was the Western Digital VelociRaptor. With price per GB seemingly stable, it's time to revisit the HDD performance King.

Continue Reading

02-11-2010, 19:28:38

dipzy
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Before SSDs there was the Western Digital VelociRaptor. With price per GB seemingly stable, it's time to revisit the HDD performance King.

Continue Reading
They still pretty amazing drives, i got a 120gb ssd for my operating system, 300gb velociraptor for my programs and games also a 2tb sata drive for my music and HD Video's

There still alot of people who would still buy them as they are becoming cheaper

02-11-2010, 19:30:29

yggdrasil
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Originally Posted by dipzy View Post

They still pretty amazing drives, i got a 120gb ssd for my operating system, 300gb velociraptor for my programs and games also a 2tb sata drive for my music and HD Video's
How dose that setup work for you?

Work well?

I am thinking of setting my system up the same way.

02-11-2010, 19:39:16

dipzy
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Originally Posted by yggdrasil View Post

How dose that setup work for you?

Work well?

I am thinking of setting my system up the same way.
It works extremely well, you know where everything is and it easy to manage files on the pc. I find that since upgrading to this setup from just one 1tb drive with everything on it, my pc has become so much responsive and storage is not a problem no more

I would recommend a setup like this to everyone

02-11-2010, 19:42:16

yggdrasil
I just would use it for large programs, games and what not and the SSD for windows and smaller programs.

I got to much data to fit on a 600GB drive 5.5TB to much

02-11-2010, 19:45:50

dipzy
Quote:
Originally Posted by yggdrasil View Post

I just would use it for large programs, games and what not and the SSD for windows and smaller programs.

I got to much data to fit on a 600GB drive 5.5TB to much
5.5tb ? that a lot of data, you would need 3 x 2tb drives or more for storage

02-11-2010, 19:49:17

yggdrasil
I got one 1tb, one 1.5TB and 2x 2TB.

But my OS is slow as heck so this 600GB 10k RPM drive would serve nicely next to a Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB SSD

since I'm a Western digital fan and Mushkin seems promising

02-11-2010, 20:17:18

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Before SSDs there was the Western Digital VelociRaptor.
And 15k LVD Cheetahs

I'm not sold on these drives. I would rather buy 4 Samsung F3 and raid them.

WD need to get with the times and get some SSD going. Infact what better way to progress the Raptor than to bring out an SSD that trumps everything else?

Sadly WD lately are reminding me of Jack Horner in the movie Boogie Nights. They seem to be refusing to get with the times and it's odd Bryan mentioned VCR because WD are living in the VCR age.

It will cost them eventually. By the time they do release a SSD (and let's face it they're going to have to) the entire world will come down on them like we all did on Nvidia for a bitterly dissapointing start with the 4 series (above all price was the deciding factor on that one, at least now they're cheap enough to ignore all the flaws).

Quote:
Originally Posted by yggdrasil View Post

I got one 1tb, one 1.5TB and 2x 2TB.

But my OS is slow as heck so this 600GB 10k RPM drive would serve nicely next to a Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB SSD

since I'm a Western digital fan and Mushkin seems promising
Just be careful. On SATA 3 controllers they can act up and after reading a review on them in Custom PC (though admittedly one, not Raid 0) they weren't anything special. And by the time you raid 0 them for over 400 you can buy a huge SSD.

03-11-2010, 14:15:15

steve30x
Ive been using Raid0 with a year with two 250GB HDD's and it is faster than a single HDD but when it comes to small 4k - 28k files it is a whole lot slower than a single HDD. Sometimes when I am doing a defrag I have to restart the defrag process because the HDD's get stuck on a 4K file no matter what defrag software I use. Ive always liked to get two 300GB Veloceraptors and raid them , but with my current case I cant immaging how much resonance across my computer desk that would cause. With three 7200rpm HDD's the desk resonates horribly from my HDD's
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