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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- 300 GB Capacity
- SATA 3 GB/s; 16 MB Cache
- 10,000 RPM Spindle Speed
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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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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.Read more ›
Want the fastest desktop hard drive available? Get this drive.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GAMERS... THIS IS YOUR CAT's MEOW... HEAVY USERS - also, excellent - must havePublished 19 months ago by OneTinSoldierUSMC
I was inpressed by the speed and capacity, and it worked very well for 3 years. Turned it on at 6 or 7 AM and off at 9 or 10 PM for 3 years and 3 months in a stripe pair. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by Burt
Why bother with configuring a SCSI or two drive in raid 0 when this is just as fast and it plug in play. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by TechPimp
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EXPENSIVE AND PRONE TO FAILURE. Known firmware problems result in drive failure in 49.7 days of usage. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Marvin P. Braswell
Firstly, I would never consider getting anything but the Raptor hard drive for any new computer I was going to be serious about(as in gaming and main rig) I usually prefer to pair... Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Kid Icarus
I can't say allot on HDD, its fast and doing the job.
Take in consideration these important factors:
1- it's not exactly 3. Read more
I purchased a case of 40 of these drives for 20 servers (RAID 1) in my datacenter. I had 6 fail within the first 3 months of operation. The drives are great when they work. Read morePublished on March 21, 2009 by Brian Reigle
I built my PC with one of these drives and then added a second to form a RAID 0 set. To say the least, I'm extremely pleased with the result.Published on February 7, 2009 by AMF