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Western Digital 150 GB VelociRaptor SATA 3 Gb/s 10,000 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive - WD1500HLFS


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150 GB
  • Rotational Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • Buffer Size: 16 MB
  • Capacity: 150 GB
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s
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Technical Details

Capacity: 150 GB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WD1500HLFS
  • Hard Disk Size: 150.00 GB
  • Warranty: 5 year limited warranty
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Details

Capacity: 150 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EQQW1A
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  • Item model number: WD1500HLFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004

Product Description

Capacity: 150 GB

Product Description

WD Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts' favorite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever and available in a 300 GB capacity. Engineered for maximum speed, WD VelociRaptor combines a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache, to deliver performance that's up to 35 percentage faster than its speedy older brother. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high-capacity SATA drive and are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer 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.

WD VelociRaptor – The evolution of 10,000 RPM SATA technology.
Features at a glance
  • Killer speed
  • Rock-solid reliability
  • 5-years limited warranty

The WD Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts’ favorite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever.

Killer speed- Built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance. Not only are they 35% faster than the previous generation WD Raptor drives, but they also beat out all other competitors in the field.

Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.

Double the capacity - State-of-the-art technology packs twice the capacity per disk compared to its older brother WD Raptor resulting in up to 300 GB of high-performance storage space in this enterprise-class 2.5-inch drive.

Ultra-cool operation - WD VelociRaptor consumes 35% less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor.

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

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

Compatibility

  • Windows Vista/XP/2000
  • SATA interface connector on motherboard or SATA host controller*
  • Available 3.5-inch internal drive bay

*Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Ideal For
Performance enthusiast systems, workstations, and servers

Customer Reviews

This is a very fast and very quiet drive.
Peter V. Brown
If you need a faster OS drive but don't want to shell out the money for a SSD right now, this is a wonderful alternative.
Alan LaMielle
The drive is very quiet and uses remarkably low power for a 10k RPM.
Yu-Jin Chia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Wavey Davey on May 3, 2009
Size Name: 300 GB Verified Purchase
This HD is a piece of work, and no wonder. Look at its statistics: 10K RPM, 300GB (279.5GB formatted), 1.4 Million Hour MTBF Enterprise reliability factor, 3-platter internal configuration, Icy Dock Heat-Sink/2.5" to 3.5" Adapter, Back-Plane ready, 16MB Cache...and best of all to go along with that 1.4 Million MTBF (mean time before failure) rating it's guaranteed to last 5-years by Western Digital's all-inclusive Factory Warranty, the highest in the business.

I'm a big fan of WD's Enterprise HD's, and use them extensively when building systems, or equipping my own system for ultimate reliability and performance. The "new generation" of VelociRaptor HD's is not only faster in all respects than Gen. No.1, its builders have tried very hard to make certain that reliability goes hand-in-hand with high performance, apparently. You can't say enough about attention to detail here either, with that very cool Icy Dock heat-sink/2.5" to 3.5" carrier mounting system either.

A lot of people don't realize that these HD's are in reality just 2.5" in size, truly a little dog doing a big dog's work! So getting 10K RPM performance out of a little 2.5" form-factor system is truly interesting to me, and I have a bit of respect for Western Digital engineering for pulling this out of the hat and making them better 2nd time around, all-around. Let me give you some statistics from HD Tune Pro's benchmarks, and we'll see how a fully loaded and empty Raptor 300GB performs, and perhaps that will shed some light on just how good the HD's are overall.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By zemes on March 10, 2009
Size Name: 150 GB
Very impressive speed. Nearly 40% increase in RPM over the 7200 RPM drives is a significant improvement. The system start-up is noticeably faster. But the benefit to actual application programs varies. For example, programs that require small amount of data exchange will see minimal benefit. The speed of these programs is largely determined by the processor speed and RAM, because nearly everything is loaded into the RAM and not dependent much on the hard drive. On the other hand, applications like virus scanning which heavily depend on disk activity to access files will see the biggest benefit. I did a controlled test which showed that virus scanning is at least 30% faster with this disc than a 7200 RPM disk.

Noise could be an issue. Anyone who claims this is quiet is probably used to noisy computing environments. If you have a quiet computer in a fairly quiet room, you hear this hard drive distinctively. I have an Antec 900 with all fans running at low speed. The case is quiet but by no means silent. In this environment, the velociraptor is audible, although not terribly noisy. The noise was a bit distracting in the beginning, but I got used to it gradually and will now have to listen intentionally to hear it. To be fair, this hard drive is actually quieter than most old hard drives. But the consumer-grade hard drives have improved so much in noise in the last five years that most of them have become near silent. This hard drive is noticeably noisier than some other new hard drives I've seen recently.

Despite the slight noise, the hard drive is quite cool. My computer has a second hard drive (7200 RPM) in addition to this one. Both have very cool temperatures. The VelociRaptor is even 1° cooler. This is very impressive.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bum on April 16, 2009
Size Name: 300 GB
This hard drive is FAST! Easy install into my MacPro HDD bay without needing any extra parts or cables. Yes, it was expensive, but I was tired of the HDD being the slowest part of my system (MacPro with two dual-core Xeon processors, ATI Radeon X1900 video card, and 6GB of memory). The MacPro boots up in half the time it did before, and programs launch much faster too! If you want hard drive capacity and speed isn't the greatest need, then buy a cheaper hard drive because you can buy a 1.5 TB HDD for less money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Abraham on March 17, 2009
Size Name: 300 GB Verified Purchase
Been a long time user of Western Digital hard drives and the one time I had an issue with one (about 12 years ago) they gave me a new drive at no expense to me even though it was out of warranty. Ever since then I continue to use their drives in my computers.

Using this drive as my Vista Home 64 boot drive and have been pleased with it's performance although I have not ran benchmarks on it. Vista's rating system gives it a 5.9, but that isn't really telling you anything.

Just be aware this is an OEM drive, meaning it comes in ESD bag without any cables, mounting hardware, or documentation. Not really an issue since any motherboard comes with more than enough SATA cables, but if you are adding it to an existing computer make sure to order yourself a cable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sorensen on September 4, 2009
Size Name: 150 GB
That's what I did. Amazing speed. Photoshop CS4 and all my brushes and plugins loads in less than 2 seconds. I can load a 100MB TIFF file in less than 2 seconds. Game levels like the first level in Crysis loads in about 5 seconds. This is a serious boost to your computer speed.

Getting two puts you at around 300GB and $350, while the 300GB version is about $300. Pay a little more and run two together at the same time in RAID 0 - you will basically double it's already fast speed. Then get a 1TB or more storage drive to store all your files. Keep the programs and Windows on the fast 10K RPM drives. You will not be disappointed!
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