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Old 11-23-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default $79 WD VelociRaptor

just got a Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive form the EGG.

$79.99 w/free shipping! Reg. $199



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Old 11-23-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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5 years ago i would have bought one

but now it's too darn loud and not fast enough compared to SSD

i'd rather have a fast SSD for OS/programs and a silent HDD for storage
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5 years ago i would have bought one

but now it's too darn loud and not fast enough compared to SSD
It is no louder than normal 3.5" 7200RPM performance drives. You're probably thinking of the older Raptors, not the current VelociRaptors. Those Raptors were noisy.

How much does a 500GB 7200RPM HDD cost these days? Probably only $20 less.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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Really the best price for a latest gen VelociRaptor, next nearest are nearly $20 higher. I'm tempted to buy a few.

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but now it's too darn loud and not fast enough compared to SSD

i'd rather have a fast SSD for OS/programs and a silent HDD for storage
Why would you compare with a silent component? While the drive is louder than a silent SSD, if you have a video card with a fan on it or a CPU fan I bet you would struggle to hear the raptor over them.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
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Really the best price for a latest gen VelociRaptor, next nearest are nearly $20 higher. I'm tempted to buy a few.



Why would you compare with a silent component? While the drive is louder than a silent SSD, if you have a video card with a fan on it or a CPU fan I bet you would struggle to hear the raptor over them.
Great as a fast storage drive, wish the 1TB version was marked down the same percentage!
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In terms of reliability, how are these compared to 7200? Would it be lower cause they spin faster?
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #8
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FWIW, they have a 5 year warranty.

Remember reading review where it said this current generation of Velociraptor has about same power consumption and heat production as their desktop Green Power 5400 rpm drives (?)

Here is the Anandtech review of the 1 TB version (3 platters, vs. 2 in this one): http://www.anandtech.com/show/5729/w...000dhtz-review

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5 years ago i would have bought one

but now it's too darn loud and not fast enough compared to SSD
Spending $350 for a 512GB SSD for a Steam drive would be silly. Spending $80 for a Velociraptor vs a $50 7200RPM drive would not.
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In terms of reliability, how are these compared to 7200? Would it be lower cause they spin faster?
In practical terms, I've had no problems with four VRs spanning three generations, IIRC.
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Spending $350 for a 512GB SSD for a Steam drive would be silly. Spending $80 for a Velociraptor vs a $50 7200RPM drive would not.

Excellent point. I also have Windows Vista still so... I'd rather not deal with an SSD at the moment.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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Wow! They are still making these Dino drives, why? They should be extinct for a reason.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:35 PM   #13
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Bought one yesterday! And they have a 5 year warranty too!

@klienkenstein

B/C SSDs are pretty pricey and if you want more space~500gb ssd will run you $500. But WD should adjust pricing for the VR. But this was just a steal at $80.

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Old 11-24-2012, 03:47 PM   #14
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Waste of dinero IMO. Most any 3TB can pounce on the Dinosaurs. In raid0 they get bitchslapped. But hey, it's your scratch and rationale...I suppose.
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Waste of dinero IMO. Most any 3TB can pounce on the Dinosaurs. In raid0 they get bitchslapped. But hey, it's your scratch and rationale...I suppose.
raid0 implies you need to buy at least 2+ drives, making it cost about the same as the raptor lol. Plus data loss if one drive fails is problematic for some. But I agree, VRs are a dying breed as SSD prices are going down. But until SSDs become completely affordable, they will still be alive.
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Wow! They are still making these Dino drives, why? They should be extinct for a reason.
They work very well in RAID0 arrays providing good performance and capacity for things like large virtual machines that you probably don't want on your SSDs. If you short stroke them you can keep performance pretty high (high IOPS/sec).
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raid0 implies you need to buy at least 2+ drives, making it cost about the same as the raptor lol.
Okay, let's go with your logic. 6TB Barracuda @ $180 ($0.03/GB) shits on a 1TB Dinodrive @ $160 ($0.16/GB). But hey, no foul, it's your money.





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Old 11-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #18
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Waste of dinero IMO. Most any 3TB can pounce on the Dinosaurs. In raid0 they get bitchslapped. But hey, it's your scratch and rationale...I suppose.

Compare your precious 3TB Barracuda ST3000DM001 to the 1TB Raptor WD1000DHTZ (same line as this 500GB WD5000HHTZ) pounce is not found.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5729/w...0dhtz-review/2

To add. We get it. You posted the best deal. You must now justify your "best deal."
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Most any 3TB can pounce on the Dinosaurs.
Except, not. The latest gen raptor (which this is) is the fastest available mechanical drive. There is no faster 3TB drive.

Besides, you also get a 5 year warranty on these, and the bonus of not having your data randomly lost due to drive failure 70% of the time like it would be if you used a Seagate branded drive.

All in all this is an amazing deal.
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Google can't translate this.
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