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Mystery Velociraptor

Discussion in 'Storage' started by devguy, Jan 23, 2009.

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    Hey, so I just got in an 80GB velociraptor (yes, 80!). I've added a pic of it. I can't seem to find a whole lot about this drive online, but some say that it is even faster than the 300GB version. There is supposed to be a 74GB version as well (that isn't yet sold retail), so I wonder how they'd have a 74GB and an 80GB?

    This drive apparently came from Dell and here is a link that has some HDTach scores on it. I'm wondering if it will be worth it for me to upgrade from my Seagate 7200.10 320GB drive, or just sell this velociraptor (it is brand new and sealed, still)? My HDTach reports about 69.4 average read, 13ms random access time and around 220 burst rate. Does it seem worth it?

    Also, slightly off topic, I just installed the southbridge drivers for my AHCI sb600 controller from ATI's Catalyst 8.10 (8.11 nor 8.12 has them). Using the stock Vista drivers, my boot time is about 12 seconds shorter with this barracuda, but HDTach reads CPU usage of about 10%. With ATI's drivers, the boot up is slower (in fact, the moving bar on the vista load screen actually freezes for the 12 seconds), but I only have about 2% CPU usage in HDTach. Is this normal for those of you who have the SB600 running in AHCI mode with Vista (or in my case Server2008)?
     

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    It looks like that is the one. And yeah, I heard about a 160GB version from them as well. And I knew that about the 300GB velociraptor already, xvi. Anyone have some possible answers to my questions?
     
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    BTW 80GB will be read as about 74GB in Windows. I think there lies the confusion. I doubt they make an 80GB for Dell and 74GB for everyone else. Dell just calls it 80GB..

    Just a guess.
     
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    Sounds right to me :toast:
     
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    That is what I figured when the guy selling it to me told me it was an 80GB. But they actually have seperate model numbers and while it may be true that you get about 74GB HDD storage after a format, how much storage to you get after the format of a 74GB model? 68GB?
     

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