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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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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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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.
I do know that but is used in a few models.
 

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I do know that but is used in a few models.
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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this isn't new the velociraptor was already 2.5" it was the enclosure/cooler that made it 3.5"
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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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.
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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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?
The new server drive is backplane compatible unlike the 3.5in version.
 
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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.
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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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.
How much energy would you use running around at 7.2k rpm . Think about it and you'll get the picture.