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Western Digital releases 1TB Velociraptor hard drive

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Mon Apr 16 2012, 14:40

STORAGE VENDOR Western Digital has released a 1TB Velociraptor hard disk drive.

wdfvelociraptorWestern Digital's Velociraptor hard drives have long been the only SATA drives that spin their platters at 10,000RPM, however in order to do this the firm sacrificed capacity. Now Western Digital has updated its range of Velociraptor hard disk drives to offer 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities.

As Western Digital has upped the maximum capacity of its Velociraptor hard drives, the firm has also stuck with its tried and tested 10,000RPM, 64MB cache setup in a 2.5in drive. The firm has put the Velociraptors in a heatsink that lets users mount the 2.5in drives in 3.5in drive bays.

Western Digital couldn't help but take a swipe at solid state disk (SSD) drives by saying, "Creative pros use write-intensive applications that manage large, dynamic files; for example, video editing and digital content creation and management, which ultimately put a strain on storage devices that utilize write-challenged NAND memory for performance enhancement."

Given how far SSD performance has come in the past two years, few SSD users will agree with Western Digital's claims that write performance of NAND flash memory found in SSDs is a problem.

As usual Western Digital's problem with the Velociraptor is making the drives relevant with the current crop of SSDs and higher capacity hard drives that offer comparable sequential transfer rates. With the firm pricing the 250GB, 500GB and 1TB drives at $160, $210 and $320, respectively, many desktop users might think that a combination of SSD and hard drives can offer better performance and greater capacity. µ


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