Friday, June 6th 2008

Western Digital Working on 20,000 RPM Raptor Drive

Sources close to bit-tech.net and the hard drive industry have revealed information that Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to counter SSD drives. Just like the company's latest 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor (300GB, SATA 3Gb/s, 16MB Cache), the 20,000 RPM unit will come in a 2.5-inch form factor with custom 3.5-inch enclosure. Other details are still unknown, since the drive is still in development stage. No release date has been unveiled, too.Source: bit-tech.net
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82 Comments on Western Digital Working on 20,000 RPM Raptor Drive

#3
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
20k rpm? Sheesh, I wonder how WD is going to keep the temps down on these. Sounds very inviting though.
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#4
psyko12
Me want me want :D although this gonna burn a hole on my pocket.
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#5
magibeg
At such a high RPM i wonder what the failure rate of these babies will be. Theres going to be so much more force involved now.
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#7
intel igent
people don't forget that there have been 15k RPM drives on/in the market for quite some time (they just happen to use SCSI interface vs SATA) so i think the jump to 20k isn't really all that harsh ;)

:toast:
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#8
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Very nice, if the price is right, this will definitely give SSD some competition.
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#10
Weer
by: newtekie1
Very nice, if the price is right, this will definitely give SSD some competition.
Shows how much you know about SSD's :cool:

An SSD makes this drive so useless, that only people who get excited by the 20k-figure would even think about buying it.
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#11
HTC
by: Weer
Shows how much you know about SSD's :cool:

An SSD makes this drive so useless, that only people who get excited by the 20k-figure would even think about buying it.
Unless it has more GB and / or is less expensive ...
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#12
Weer
by: HTC
Unless it has more GB and / or is less expensive ...
Price/performance wise, it's futile, as I've said.
Price/capacity wise, just get a 7200RPM drive.
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#13
regan1985
i think its gonna be to little to late and as its new and WD its going to be overpriced and i cant see it hitting off as most of us know the new tech is just round th corner!
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#14
HTC
by: Weer
Price/performance wise, it's futile, as I've said.
Price/capacity wise, just get a 7200RPM drive.
It depends on how deep ones pockets are: if priced right and with good capacity, it will give SSDs a run for their money.
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#15
karlotta
hello! a 20,000 rpm hdd will run circles around current SDDs. Really isnt any SDD faster that a Raptor now. There are alot of paper SDD that havent came out yet but are fast... whatever. And they cost way to much. Like a 20,000 rpm raptor... way to much.
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#16
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: tkpenalty
maglev bearings?
muffler bearings?
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#17
intel igent
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
muffler bearings?
that'd be a turbo ;)
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#18
GJSNeptune
No no. They're working on 20k RPM Raptor drives, as in raptor-shaped platter-shooters.
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#19
Steevo
A high capacity SAS drive, like a 400GB at 15K can SUSTAIN 160MBps reads, and only has a 3-4ms seek time. This is finally a Raptor worth getting excited about.
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#21
niko084
by: JrRacinFan
20k rpm? Sheesh, I wonder how WD is going to keep the temps down on these. Sounds very inviting though.
I'm not even worried about temps how about motor and bearing life...
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#22
twicksisted
by: psyko12
Me want me want :D although this gonna burn a hole on my pocket.
heheh... watercooling loop & heatsink lol... imagine :P
that would be seriously cool looking :D
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#24
Steevo
Yeah it is. YOu can buy a 400GB for $700 or less.
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#25
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Weer
Price/performance wise, it's futile, as I've said.
Price/capacity wise, just get a 7200RPM drive.
HDD's are better for long term data storage since the SSD has a limited read and write before they lose data but I doubt a 20K HDD would last long anyway.
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