Western Digital Ships Fast New 2.5-Inch Drive

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-04-22 Print this article Print

VelociRaptor holds 300GB and spins at 10K RPM encased in its own IcePack drive cooler, keeping it cool but able to run in most standard configurations.

Western Digital, the world's second-largest disk drive maker behind Seagate Technology, revealed April 21 that it has started shipping its fastest hard drive yet for PCs and Macs: the VelociRaptor.

The 2.5-inch VelociRaptor SATA (serial ATA) drive runs at 10,000 RPM and can hold up to 300GB of data--35 percent faster and double the capacity of previous versions. Thanks to its 3.5-inch mountain frame, the new drive can be easily mounted into any standard system bay.

The drive also includes 16MB of cache.

Another feature that differentiates this drive from others is that the VelociRaptor is a 2.5-inch drive encased within its own IcePack drive cooler, which helps keep the heat from the drive under control but allows it to be used within most standard drive configurations, a company spokesperson said.

"We created WD VelociRaptor hard drives to lead PC enthusiasts into the next era of PC and Mac storage performance and satisfy their insatiable thirst for computing speed," Western Digital Enterprise Business Unit General Manager Tom McDorman said.

The $299.99 drives will be available through WD and at selected resellers in mid-May.

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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