WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive (1 Terabyte)
With operating systems, software and games
getting bigger and bigger, Western Digital have come to the
rescue with their new VelociRaptor hard drive that boasts 1TB (1,000
gigabytes) of storage and some exceptional performance. At 10,000 RPM,
this 2.5" 6 Gb/s SATA hard drive combines performance with storage which
is also ideal for users who want to store photos, music, video and other
file formats without too many space constraints.
The VelociRaptor also
comes in three sizes that include 250, 500 and 1000GB models. The
2.5-inch hard drive also comes in an IcePack enclosure and a 3.5" inch
mounting frame that includes an in-built heat sink, ensuring that your
hard drive is well cooled during peak performance. Considering that just
recently, our Seagate Barracuda hard drive caught fire (May
2012), this is definitely a godsend and some true peace of mind.
Super speed - SATA 6
Gb/s interface and 64 MB cache optimize the 10,000 RPM WD
Higher capacity - WD
VelociRaptor SATA hard drives employ Advanced Format Technology to
achieve capacities up to 1 TB.
reliability - Designed and manufactured to workstation standards to
deliver stellar reliability in high workload environments.
- Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the
previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering greater capacity
Feed Forward (RAFF™) - Optimizes operation and performance when the
drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
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 when in transit.
conscious - In addition to being RoHS-compliant, this generation of
WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Other highlights of the
drive the Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) technology which
limits vibration in your chassis and the NoTouch™ ramp load technology
which increases longevity of the drive and ensures additional
protection to data when you transport your computer or hard drive. Then
you have the 5-year warranty which just adds to the great benefits of
this awesome drive.
- 250GB - WD2500HHTZ
- 500GB - WD5000HHTZ
- 1TB - WD1000DHTZ
- SATA 6 Gb/s
- Advanced Format
- 3.5" form factor
- Data transfer rate (max) Host
to/from drive (sustained) - 200 MB/s
- Cache - 64MB
- Rotational speed - 10,000 RPM
- Average drive ready time - 8
- Load/unload cycles - 600,000
- Non-recoverable read errors per
bits read - <10 in 1016
- Average power requirements (W)
- Random Read/Write - 5.1
- Sequential Read/Write - 5.8
- Idle - 4.2
- Standby and Sleep - 1.1
- Temperature (°C)
- Operating: 5 to 55
- Non-operating: -40 to 70
- Shock (Gs)
- Operating (2 ms, read/write):
- Operating (2 ms, read): 65
- Non-operating (2 ms): 300
- Average acoustics (dBA)
- Idle mode: 30
- Performance seek mode: 37
- Physical Dimensions - 1.028" x
5.787" x 4"
- Weight (± 10%) - 1.10 pounds
- Five year warranty
Interesting enough, the
WD VelociRaptor shares some similarities with enterprise drives which
creates this powerful drive for both computer enthusiasts and gamers.
With some exceptional performance specifications that include the 10,000
RPM spindle speed plus fast read/write times in both random and
sequential aspects, this drive zooms along. We'll get to our tests a
little later but let's just say, this is one of the fastest end-user
terabyte drivers available.
Installation of the
drive was a breeze and it simply slid into our Cooler Master Silencio
case with no issues whatsoever. Although Windows detected the drive via
our Device Driver, we could not use the drive until we formatted it via
Disk Management. Once the drive was formatted, Windows 7
immediately detected the drive and it became available for us to use.
Our first test was with
ATTO Disk Benchmark. The comparison drive used here was a Kingston
SVP200S3240GB (240GB SSD Drive). As you can see from the below results,
this non-SSD drive had some rather impressive scores through ATTO Disk
Benchmark. For the perfect system, we would recommend a bootable SSD
Drive followed the VelociRaptor for games and storage due to the
impressive read and write times.
WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive
Kingston SSD Drive
The next test was HD Tune Pro version 5.0 and once again we compared it
to the Kingston SSD drive. Both drives shared the same CPU usage of 1.8%
with the average access time of the VelociRaptor being 7.22ms and the
SSD Drive (as predicted) 0.213ms.
Although the drive cannot compete with SSD drives, the WD VelociRaptor
is easily one of the fastest non-SSD drives available.
WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive
Kingston SSD Drive
My favourite aspect of the drive besides
the decent read/write times was the technology used for cooling and
keeping the drive at low operating temperatures. The
included IcePack which the drive sits in has this large heat sink which
ensures that the components of the drive are kept considerable cooler.
Considering that the drive can operate at around 55 degrees Celsius,
this ensures that your drive is as safe as possible, especially in
relation to data loss or burning drives!
The power consumption of
the drive was also quite impressive that almost matched the other green
drives from both Western Digital and other hard drive manufacturers such
Through our tests, the idle consumption of the drive was around 4.07
watts with the sequential write at around 5.80 watts which is
The WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive is one of
the fastest SATA terabyte drives available that not only offers
exceptional high speed storage but some decent power-consumption, making
this drive quite eco-friendly. The benchmarks proved some great results
but more importantly, our real world tests proved that size doesn't
necessary mean a performance drop. Whether we were playing
Battlefield 3, Diablo III or manipulating large images in Adobe
Photoshop 5.0, the drive never lagged behind and provided us with fast
All in all, this drive
offers users around a 25% improvement (max) when it comes to accessing data
compared to similar drives. Even though it cannot compete with SSD, considering
the technology used to build this drive, it is still quite viable as either a main drive or a
second storage drive. Nonetheless, we would happily recommend this unit
to all computer users thanks to improved performance and great power
consumption and operating temperatures! When we're building our new PC
gaming rig, this drive will be on purchase list.