Western Digital deploys 600GB VelociRaptor

  • Western Digital has refreshed its VelociRaptor lineup with two new 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives.

    The 450 GB and 600 GB drives are apparently designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Macs, workstations and rack servers.

    "As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation," explained WD spokesperson Tom McDorman.

    "The Raptor is built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor."

    McDorman added that the drive was also available in an IcePack enclosure, which he described as a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink to fit the drive into a standard system bay. 

    Additional specs include: 

    • SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache.
    • 1.4 million hours MTBF.
    • Halogen-free.
    • 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 less wear to the recording head as well as improved protection in transit.

    The 450GB WD VelociRaptor retails at $300, while the 600GB model carries a $330 price tag.