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Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 2.5 Inch, 16 MB Cache, 10,000 RPM SATA II WD3000GLFS

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  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WD3000GLFS
  • Hard Disk Size: 300 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 5 Years
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
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"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 is up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother. Key Features & Detailed Specifications: Average Latency 5.5 ms, Warranty 5 Years, Formatted Capacity 300 GB, Form Factor 3.5""-internal, Spindle Speed 10000 rpm, Compliant Standards RoHS, Interface Type SATA 3G, Cache/Buffer Size 16MB (Read: Adaptive & Write: Yes) and Average Seek Time 4.2 ms, User Sectors Per Drive -- 586,072,368. Transfer Rates: Buffer To Host (Serial ATA): 3 Gb/s (Max) and Transfer Rate (Buffer To Disk): 120 MB/s (Sustained). Average latency is 5.5 ms. Drive ready time -- 7.0 sec (average), 10 sec (maximum), Error rate (non-recoverable) <1 in 10e15 bits read. Supports LBA. Seek time: Read: 4.2 ms (average) & Write: 4.7 ms (average), Track-to-track seek time -- 0.7 (maximum). Load/unload cycles -- 50,000 minimum. Limited warranty -- 5-year "

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Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B001AQWLTQ
Item model number WD3000GLFS
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3.0 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,445 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 2, 2004

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By Mark Harkey on December 14, 2008
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There is no other speed improvement investment you can make on your computer that will have a more significant effect on speed than a fast hard drive. Faster video card? Nope. More memory? Nope. Faster CPU? Nope. I have done them all.

For home use, us hacks are forced to use mainstream parts because of costs. SCSI is the fastest alternative to SATA and EIDE drives. But, an Adaptec SCSI card costs about $300+ and the hard drive can cost $300 to $500 depending on size. SCSI hard drives for that reason are always smaller in capacity and most are under 100GB. I'm in engineering and my work computers have always been SCSI. But, you can make any dog computer rock by upgrading to SCSI if you have a big wallet.

This WD Velociraptor hard drive is the in between choice. It is not as fast as SCSI but close, and it is much faster than the standard hard drives. Compared to the 120GB SATA hard drive I replaced, I can notice a huge improvement for programs to load. If I had to guess I would say the speed is about double or a little more. Based on the specs for a 12msec standard hard drive, these are in the 5 to 6 msec range. Not bad for a $200 300GB hard drive. Some have complained about the cost per GB being high, but if you look at the cost per GB per second of the Velociraptor, it is the cheapest available on the planet. And remember, speed upgrades are not linear relative to costs. To get this close to SCSI speeds for this size hard drive I could spend $1000 in the SCSI world. I am impressed with this hard drive.

For those out there who might be hesitant because of the difficulty factor on how to transfer your current data onto the new hard drive, WD has created software which will do this whole change process for you with about 3 clicks of the mouse.
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Replaced my 150GB Raptor with this VelociRaptor and an immediate change was noted. Very fast. Very impressive.

Want the fastest desktop hard drive available? Get this drive.

Enough said.
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First off, this is not listed as an OEM product, but it is in fact OEM. That means that it does not come with any supporting documentation, SATA cables, power cables, or retail packaging. Its very frustrating that Amazon has neglected to list this as "OEM." I don't have a problem buying OEM, I do it all the time as I've got a large supply of left over computer parts and always have things like SATA cables lying around. However, for the 'average joe,' expecting a retail package, the way this item is listed could be very misleading. Usually OEM parts are listed that way in their title. This one isn't.

Evaluating a hard drive is fairly easy; does it do what it is supposed to do? Is it reliable? In this case, the answer is yes, and maybe. The drive works fine, is lightning fast, and performs as expected. My Vista boot time dropped about 20 seconds when booting from this drive, which is pretty impressive.

However, when cloning my current Seagate 500gb drive to this one, I found very many bad sectors on the drive. I've uploaded a photo to support this. There were so many that I was ultimately forced to do a 'ignore all' just to get the cloning finished. That many bad sectors on a brand new drive is really annoying and simply not acceptable. I'll be returning the drive for a replacement, and will update this review once it's been received.

In concussion, this is a fast drive. It is OEM and not listed as such. I experienced a whole lot of bad sectors when cloning from my old drive. I have no choice but to leave this a drive a pretty poor review. Your mileage may vary, and if you get one of these with no bad sectors, you will likely love this drive.
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First, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this drive. Regarding the position of the SATA connectors; this is a 2.5" form factor drive in a 3.5" aluminum cooling bezel for convenient use in most desktop computers. Look at the product picture and you can see this. If you need to use a drive in a docking situation where location matters, don't buy this drive.

This is the OEM version of the drive. The retail box version sells at significantly higher price. This means a warehouse worker will re-package the drive from a bulk shipping container into an anti-static bag. Mistakes can happen and it's also not really the proper way to ship hard drives, so if you want the retail box version pay the extra $50 and get it. If you roll the dice and take a chance to save the $50 then suck it up if you have to return a DOA drive once in a while.

This drive is fast and performance costs money. It is also very energy efficient and quiet when compared to the fastest 3.5" drives. I have owned every one of the WD Raptor series starting with the original 35GB and most recently the 150GB and every one of them carried a stiff price premium. All have served well in my high utilization business environment. This latest revision is the best of the bunch by a significant margin. The combination of access time, transfer rate, (finally) NCQ, and low heat and noise dissipation make this drive a very reasonable bargain for those that actually need it. It's not designed to win the $/GB prize. Write times actually beat Intel's X-25 SSD (solid state drive). If you need the performance, this is the drive.
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