Western Digital Releases Updated Velociraptor Drives

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Western Digital’s original VelociRaptor drive quickly became the gold standard for PC enthusiasts looking to add a little extra pep to their performance-oriented gaming and workstation systems.  Despite the shift to SSDs, today the storage giant released updated versions of its high-speed drives.

Unlike the old drives, which seemed to have been marketed at enthusiasts first and enterprise users second, the updated versions are clearly labeled as belonging to Western Digital’s enterprise division. Despite that, users will still be happy to know that if they want some relatively affordable high-speed capacious storage, they’ll still be able to buy them.


  • Form factor: 2.5-inch HDD inside industry-standard 3.5-inch metal housing
  • Available capacities: 600GB
  • Spindle Speed: 10,000rpm
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Host interface: Serial ATA (SATA)
  • Host data transfer rate: 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with 1.5Gb/s)
  • Seek time: 3.6ms (read) and 3.6ms (write)
  • Temperature: Operating (0°C to 60°C); Non-operating (-40° to 70°C)
  • Acoustics: 2.7BA-3.4BA
  • Power consumption: 7W read/write, 4.3W idle, 0.7W standby/sleep
  • Load/unload cycles: 600,000 minimum
  • MTBF (mean time between failures): 1.4 million hours
  • Limited Warranty: 5 years

The new drives are available in two capacities at launch: 450 and 600GB (the old versions were 300GB at launch and 150GB at a later date). The 450GB WD4500HLHX will retail for $299 and the 600GB WD60000HLHX will be available for $329.



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