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WD Announces 2.5-inch 10k RPM VelociRaptor HDD for Blade Servers

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    WD announced today the WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM enterprise SATA hard drives in an enterprise-class 2.5-inch form factor for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers. The newest WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built for business-critical applications with enterprise-class mechanics and packs up to 300 GB of capacity into the enterprise small form factor bays, while consuming 35 percent less power than the previous-generation WD Raptor drive.

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    "WD is bringing to enterprise customers what PC enthusiasts already appreciate about the WD VelociRaptor: a combination of high performance and high capacity for hard drive storage," said John Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. "WD's new WD VelociRaptor, designed specifically for the enterprise in an energy efficient 2.5-inch form factor, gives system OEMs and end users a new storage option to consider to meet growing storage requirements."

    WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide high reliability in high duty cycle environments, resulting in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.

    "In the server market, demand for high performance drives continues to shift from the 3.5-inch form factor to the enterprise 2.5-inch form factor," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's Enterprise Storage Solutions business unit. "The new 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is the only drive available that can offer server customers the flexibility of integrating SATA technology while benefiting from server-class performance and reliability."

    Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
    • Killer Speed -10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache deliver enterprise-class performance.
    • Rock-solid Reliability - WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide high reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.
    • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology - Optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
    • Ultra-cool operation - WD VelociRaptor drives consume 35 percent less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor drive.
    • NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

    Availability

    WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD3000BLFS) is under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors by the end of the month. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=494.

    Source: WD
  2. FreedomEclipse

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    well something like this definitely isnt going to be cheap. great news for laptop owners however
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    These can't work in a laptop, A) they are too tall, B) they need 12v power.
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    This will eat battery of the laptop as if it was a small snack. Laptops use 5400 RPM HDD.
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    Yea but like I said it won't even work in a laptop so it doesn't matter.

    And laptops can use up to 7200RPM drives. FYI.
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    Still... its good that WD are making these raptors smaller; they SHOULD theoretically last longer. WD Should really consider building the velociraptor with not only the heatsink but also an vibration dampener unit as well.
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    I do know that but is used in a few models.
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    i've got a 7,200RPM 60GB drive here. its nothing special. no extra power use, no extra heat. laptop drives were originally 4,200 RPM before they went 5,400 so its no different to that.


    These look like the normal velociraptor minus the heatsink enclosure.


    oh on the 12V comment: sata laptop drives could well use 12V. it was only IDE drives locked to 5V.
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    On my 2.5" 160gb drive thats in my caddy,it has a jumper for laptop(more power) or external use(less power)
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    this isn't new the velociraptor was already 2.5" it was the enclosure/cooler that made it 3.5"
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    yup i said that in the middle of my post. why release the same drive with no modifications except removing the heatsink? if it wasnt neccesary, why have it there to begin with?
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    but do you see 80Gb and 120 and 160Gb drives with 7.2k. I'm sure with higher capacities there will be more consumption(due to increased number of platters and more movement of the laser head). In any case coming back to the orginal point a 10k would destroy battery life.
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    The new server drive is backplane compatible unlike the 3.5in version.
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    compared to what? a hard drive draws a few watts max, I serioulsy doubt it'll be the cause of a low battery life, now a mobile 9800gtx, that might put a serious dent in your battery life.
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    Believe me, every watt saved is a blessing for the battery, there are huge savings to be gained just by shaving off a few watts!
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    How much energy would you use running around at 7.2k rpm . Think about it and you'll get the picture.
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    Its got such a small platter, which reduces power consumption, the moment of the platter, overall improving the lifespan of the HDD.

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