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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Western Digital Launches Ultra-fast VELOCIRAPTOR 10,000 rpm HDD

WD is now shipping WD VelociRaptor hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives priced at $300.

Designed with an enterprise-class foundation, the new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is modified specifically for PC and Mac enthusiasts and professional workstations. The new hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation, according to Western Digital.

The WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps the drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.

The 10,000 RPM drives feature a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cachehard. WD is claiming the VelociRaptor can withstand a sustained transfer speed of 120 MB/s, which would indeed set new standards at the high end. The disks also offer a reliability rating of 1.4 million hours MTBF. oterh features include WD's Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis, as well as the SecurePark, which parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.

WD VelociRaptor (model WD3000GLFS) hard drives will be available on Alienware's high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. The hard drives will be shipping exclusively through Alienware this month and will be available through the company's online store ( and at select distributors and resellers mid-May. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 300 GB is $299.99 USD.

Basic Specifications

Transfer Rates
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 3 Gb/s (Max)
Transfer Rate (Buffer To Disk) 120 MB/s (Sustained)

Formatted Capacity 300,069 MB
Capacity 300 GB
Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 586,072,368

Physical Dimensions

Height 26.1 mm (Max)
Length 147 mm (Max)
Width 101.6 mm
Weight 0.489 kg

Environmental Specifications

Operating Shock (Read) 65G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 300G, 2 ms


Idle Mode 29 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 36 dBA (average)


Operating -0 C to 60 C
Non-operating -40 C to 70 C


Linear 20-300 Hz, 0.75G (0 to peak)
Random 10-300 Hz, 0.008 g / Hz

Low Frequency 0.05 g/Hz (10 to 300 Hz)
High Frequency 20-500 Hz, 4.0G (0 to peak)

Power Dissipation

Read/Write 6.08 Watts
Idle 4.53 Watts
Standby 0.42 Watts
Sleep 0.42 Watts

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