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WD VelociRaptor 500 GB Workstation Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 10000 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD5000HHTZ

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  • Ultra fast - Designed around a 10,000 RPM spin speed, these SATA 6 Gb/s drives include a 64 MB cache and deliver the ultimate performance for photo and video editing
  • Rock-solid reliability - With 1.4 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure), these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive
  • High capacity - State-of-the-art technology delivers a balance of high performance and high capacity perfect for data-intensive workloads that require large amounts of storage such as video editing, 3D rendering and scientific modeling
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video
  • 5 year limited warranty
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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB 10000 rpm Serial ATA-300
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 5.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007VPGK42
  • Item model number: WD5000HHTZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 19, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

WD VelociRaptor drives offer an unmatched combination of high performance and high reliability, perfect for workstations, high-end video and photo editing, low-end servers and performance enthusiast's systems. Comes with a 3.5-inch mounting frame for easy installation into today's high-performance systems and chassis. Ultra fast - Designed around a 10,000 RPM spin speed, these SATA 6 Gb/s drives include a 64 MB cache and deliver the ultimate performance for photo and video editing. Rock-solid reliability - With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive. High capacity - State-of-the-art technology delivers a balance of high performance and high capacity perfect for data-intensive workloads that require large amounts of storage such as video editing, 3D rendering and scientific modeling. Ultra-cool operation – Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor, while offering higher capacity and performance. Advanced Format (AF) – Technology adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities. IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch hard drive is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis. NoTouch ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit. Pre-emptive Wear Leveling (PWL) – Ensures reliability for applications that perform a high incidence of read/write operations at the same physical location on the disk. Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) – Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis. Environmentally Conscious – In addition to being RoHS compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor also provides a halogen-free design.

From the Manufacturer

WD VelociRaptor Hard Drives – High-performance storage for power users.

With its 10,000 RPM platter design, WD VelociRaptor hard drives deliver high sequential read/write performance, low access times and ultra-fast random read/write performance making them the perfect choice for workstations, high-end video and photo editing, low-end servers and performance enthusiast's systems.

Why you should choose WD VelociRaptor drives:

WD VelociRaptor delivers an unmatched combination of performance, capacity and reliability. These drives crush the competition in the PCMark Vantage benchmark for video editing, (a hard drive standard for measuring performance).

Ultra fast.
Designed around a 10,000 RPM spin speed, these SATA 6 Gb/s drives include a 64 MB cache and deliver the ultimate performance for photo and video editing.

Ultra fast.

Rock-solid reliability.
With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.

5-year warranty

High capacity.
State-of-the-art technology delivers a balance of high performance and high capacity perfect for data-intensive workloads that require large amounts of storage such as video editing, 3D rendering and scientific modeling.

High capacity.
WD VelociRaptor
Advanced Format

WD Certified
Ideal for:
  • High-performance computing
  • 3D rendering
  • Digital content creation and editing
  • Scientific computing
  • Image management
Features:

Ultra-cool operation - Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor, while offering higher capacity and performance.

Advanced Format (AF)- Technology adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities.

IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch hard drive is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Pre-emptive Wear Leveling (PWL) - Ensures reliability for applications that perform a high incidence of read/write operations at the same physical location on the disk.

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™)- Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

Environmentally conscious - In addition to being RoHS compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor also provides a halogen-free design.

Upgrading your drive is easy - WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive. Note: Bare drive does not include any cables or mounting hardware.

The WD advantage - WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) prior to any product launch. On average, each new product goes through 600,000 hours of testing. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles. You can also call toll-free support 7 days per week in the U.S. and Canada. See the WD Support site for full details.

WD-certified packaging - All WD drives purchased from Amazon.com are shipped in WD-certified hard drive packaging. It is designed and fully tested to provide WD products with the highest of safety while in transit. With WD-certified packaging, you can rest assured that your WD hard drive will arrive safely, fully protected, in an environmentally-friendly, non-descript, easy-open package.

Compatibility
Works with Windows, Windows server, Linux and Mac OS.

Features at a glance

  • 500 GB high-performance storage
  • SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • 64 MB cache
  • IcePack mounting frame

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WD VelociRaptor
Solid performance
and reliability for everyday computing.
Cool, quiet operation
for efficient eco-conscious computing.
Maximum performance
for power computing.
The right drive for home
or small office NAS.
High-performance storage for power users.
Ideal for Family and business computing. Desktop PCs, secondary storage and external drives. Photo and video editing, and maxed out gaming systems. Specifically designed and tested for small office and home office, 1-5 bay NAS systems. Performance enthusiast systems and workstations.
Capacity range 80 GB – 1 TB 320 GB – 3 TB 500 GB – 2 TB 1 TB – 3 TB 250 GB – 1 TB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
PATA 100 MB/s
SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Form factor 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch 3.5-inch
Cache 8 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 32 MB – 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB
Limited warranty 2-year 2-year 5-year 3-year 5-year
Highest capacity
Highest performance
Photo/video editing
Network Storage Systems

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It works flawlessly and was easy to install as expected.
Patrick P
The drive is very quiet, some commenting about the noise I do not hear any noise and it runs quietly.
Ashok Soni
If you're not getting an SSD...this is the next best thing, and well worth it!
phredi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jenkins on August 23, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I have been looking at this hard drive for at least a year and I'm glad I finally purchased it. I am using an SSD for the operating system etc and the Velociraptor is the hard drive with all my games' pictures, downloads etc. This thing is fast. I tested my old hard drive which is WD Black 7200RPM and the read speed is 70.07mb/s and the write speed is 68.42mb/s. The WD Velociraptor has a read speed of 187.5mb/s and write speed of 188.8mb/s. That is on sata 3GB (sata2) as my motherboard does not have sata 6GB (sata 3) which this drive can use. I have seen benchmark tests on sata 6GB and the speeds on the WD VelociRaptor 1 TB has the drive performing around 215 MB/s read and 205 MB/s write for sequential speeds. The VelociRaptor still comes no where close to the access times of a SSD drives but since the prices are still high on SSD drives it is a great alternative compared to the 7200RPM drives and also having the 1TB of hard drive space is a big plus. I am very pleased on how much faster games load and play and my computer is much faster all around using the WD Velociraptor.
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By pdubbs330 on September 17, 2012
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
WANTED NOTICE: Performance junkie with O/S and programs on an SSD looking for a place to put his small collection of pictures, music, and home videos. User is spoiled by near-instant load times of SSD's, so low latency and quick response time is a must. Enough space to create a C-Drive backup partition a definite plus.

CONS: People concerned with the noise level of their PC's should probably look elsewhere. This is a performance drive though. I always chuckle when noise comes up as a con in reviews of high-performance products. Don't you people have 4,000 RPM fans cooling your rads? What about the noise-cancelling headphones that you surely own? Have you not set your video card's fan profile way higher than it needs to be to keep things cool in your case?

SUBJECTIVE PROS:
- Price: Half(ish) the cost of a similarly sized SSD.

- Hot: IMO, the best looking internal hard drive on the planet.

- Noise: When I hear the drive as I load a video or a group of pictures, I imagine those platters spinning at almost twice the speed of lesser drives and I smile.

STATS: M/B per second from CrystalDiskMark. Drive at 16% capacity.
- Sequential Read | Write: 192 | 190
- 512K Read | Write: 77 | 134
- 4K Read | Write: 1.0 | 3.7
- 4KQD32 Read | Write: 3.5 | 4.0

FINALLY: A great warranty secures the fifth star and erases doubts about the reliability of the product.

STATS UPDATE 2013.01.29 (NOW WITH RAID 0 TIMES 3!): I took advantage of the amazing prices on this drive last Black Friday and got a couple more for the fun of it. It's complete and utter overkill for my intended application. Here are M/B per second numbers from CrystalDiskMark. This is right after I created the array, so it's at 0% capacity.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on December 6, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
Installs effortlessly, encased in it's own heat sync, very fast and one of the most reliable hard drives on the market. Although the price is a little steep, I found it to be $30 cheaper on Amazon. It's nice to have a blazing fast hard drive to run Win7 64...the boot time of my pc has been cut in half because of the VelociRaptor. I had a Seagate 7200 RPM 1T drive running Win7 and it took about a minute for the pc to fully boot to desktop. So, I cloned all of the data over to the Raptor and booted from it....WOW, what a huge difference in boot times! Even defragging the hard drive is cut in half. I also have a 600G VelociRaptor that is dedicated for Flight Sim X.....can't beat the speed, performance and reliability of WD VelociRaptors. I have owned a 300G Raptor in a previous pc build and it never failed after 4 years of intensive flight simulation use. I sold the previous build 1.5 years ago and that 300G Raptor is still going strong. This just shows how reliable Western Digital products are, but I know that some do fail from time to time. In my experience with Raptor drives, I have nothing but high remarks for this product.

Amazon did a pretty good job on the packaging of the product, too. Furthermore, the delivery arrived on schedule. I have found NO issues at all with this product.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jere Marrs on August 9, 2012
Size Name: 250 GB Verified Purchase
This disk is running quite well. I placed it in one of my drive trays, attached the power and SATA connectors and my BIOS saw it as a blank drive, which is good, of course. Once in the OS (Win7 Pro 64-bit), I used the Acronis Clone software, obtained from the Western Digital website, to clone my original boot disk to the Velociraptor. That went well and was finished in about 8 minutes. After the clone, the Velociraptor was assigned as the boot disk, drive c: and the original boot disk was given another letter designation. The computer booted beautifully although it seemed to do so in about half the time. I didn't do a quantitative determination. I opened several programs that always seem slow to load and they seemed very quick. I think it's working OK.

As time permits, I may actually measure its speed but my main reason for wanting a faster drive was for it to SEEM faster and it does. I know it's not as fast as an SSD but I don't have to worry about wear leveling or TRIM and it has a very high MTBF. It's ready for prime time and mission critical applications.

It is very quiet in my quiet system. I could hear the seeking in the WD1002FAEX but I can't hear the Velociraptor.

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX
CPU: AMD FX-8150 8 cores at 3.6 GHz
Memory: 16 GB (4X4GB) G.Skill 1866 MHz, 1.50V ("Ares") CL9
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W 80+ Bronze
Disks: WD2500HHTZ, WD1002FAEX, Seagate 250GB
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850

Amazon's packaging was very good for shipping a mechanical disk drive and it arrived in good time.
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