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WD VelociRaptor 80gb refurb worth?

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It would be a nice little boost. 160Gb for 50 USD that would maybe run at 200MB/s isn't too shabby, but you have to ask yourself if the extra noise and using up more drive bays is really worth it. Personally I would save up for an SSD because no rotational media drive will give you access speeds like an SSD will (sans ram disks.) Consider for a moment that velociraptors do great with sequential reads and write but still lacks on random read/writes.

So really it's up to you, the raptors will be cheaper but an SSD will be faster so the SSD will reap much larger benefits than raptors in RAID-0. Bandwidth aside, the higher IOPS for random reads is what gets a lot of stuff to load faster in more cases than not. I would only consider velociraptors if I was storing a lot of data where capacity is a bit more important than speed as opposed to SSDs where it's the opposite, speed is a bit more important than capacity.

On a side note: I find that refurbished WD drives tend to last. I haven't ever had to send a refurbished WD drive back (you get refurbished drives back after doing an RMA).
 

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I would say NO, because they are big and noisy while small in capacity. They had their good times, but it's over now. I would save up for an SSD instead.
 
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Ok, thanks for the tips