WD Ships New 600GB High-Performance HHDs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-06 Print this article Print

With a faster spindle speed of 10,000 rpm, WD's new VelociRaptor hard drives aim to replace slower, smaller drives in all kinds of machines, including gaming platforms, high-performance blade servers, high-end PC workstations and Macintoshes, and standard rack servers.

Western Digital, which wants to be known as WD, on April 5 started shipping the fastest, most capacious 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive it has ever made.

At 600GB, the VelociRaptor VR200M doubles the capacity of the original version, which was released in 2008. A 450GB model is also available.

With a faster spindle speed of 10,000 rpm (most Serial ATA drives run at 5,400 rpm), the new drives are designed to replace slower, smaller drives for all kinds of machines, including gaming machines, high-performance blade servers, high-end PC workstations and Macintoshes, and standard rack servers.

They are too thick at 15 millimeters to fit into a standard laptop, however.

The new VelociRaptor features a 32MB cache and 200GB platter. Company benchmarks report an MTBF (mean time between failures) mark of 1.4 million hours, which is well above average.

As do most new HDDs, the new VelociRaptor machines run on the 6G-bps SATA standard, but these new drives are the only 10,000 rpm drives now in the market that support that I/O standard, WD claimed.

WD is setting the suggested retail prices for the 600GB at $329 and the 450GB at $299.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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