WD Raptor 150GB or WD Black 1TB

What is your guys advice on Hard drives, I don't really need any new hard drive, but want one anyways :) But do I want a VelociRaptor or WD Caviar Black 1TB drive. I have about a $150-200 budget, so I can get 2 drive, do I get both and have best of both worlds or get 2 of 1 kind and put them in Raid 0

How much faster is the Raptor, it can't be that much faster, sure it is 1000 vs 7200 but 1TB had blocks smashed to gather so it can read more in one revolution, then the raptor can. Right?

I am thing about 2 1TB drives at the moment, but it is kind a cool to have the bragging rights of saying "I have a WD VelociRaptor in my computer" :)
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  1. The Velociraptor is much faster on things like boot time and on loading application to memory, and putting this on RAID will be a bit faster on things like copying file and time to load and save large documents.

    Even two WD Caviar Black 500GB on RAID 0 would be far better than One WD VelociRaptor 300GB (but you opt for 150Gb?)

    You can choose a Velociraptor for OS and 2Tb instead for storage.
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    I am thing about 2 1TB drives at the moment, but it is kind a cool to have the bragging rights of saying "I have a WD VelociRaptor in my computer" :)

    That pretty much just means "I wasted money". You want real speed an SSD is the only wany to go. They have got too cheap here lately to make a 10,000RPM mechanical drive worth it. In real world situations the 7,200 RPM 500GB per platter drives were almost as fast as the Raptors/Velociraptors anyway.
  3. Hmm maybe I wont get the Velociraptor, How fast was that 2TB drive? I am guessing it isn't a 7,200RPM because they have all of the green stuff built in?
    Did that 2TB WD Drive just come out? there isn't even a review on it yet at newegg.

    Hmm maybe I will get both that 2TB and the 1TB I have a 1 TB drive already so I can Raid the 1TB drives and use the 2TB for storage or something.
  4. If you have the budget get a 120GB SSD with a Sandforce controller. The Crucial C300 , GSkill Phoenix pro and OCZ Vertex 2 are all about egual and you can find one for ~$200. Then get a 1TB Spinpint F3 cheap from here: Notice the extra 15%off.

    My Vertex 2 has Windows 7 Ultimate, Office and all the games I am playing on it and has 24.6GB free. Perfect size.
  5. I thought SSD were a lot more expensive then that. Last I looked and it was like 2-3$ per GB. now it is a little under 2 I guess.

    So how much of a performance boost will I be expecting?
    Are there any downsides to SSD over a harddrive beside the price and size.
    Is there any reason why would I want to get a 3.5 sizie drive
    over the 2.5
  6. 3.5 and you do not have to use the adaptor plate like with the 2.5 to mount it in a normal case.

    My Windows goes from the first screen to fully booted in 13 seconds. Anything hard drive dependent is almost instant now...levels loading, Office documents you name it.

    I ran a RAID 0 as a C drive in one config or another since around 2003 and this SSD blows any of that away.
  7. Hmm maybe I will wait and see what comes out, Hopefully SSDs will be getter Bigger faster and cheaper down the road
  8. Best answer
    If it's a choice of a Raptor/Velociraptor or save money for an SSD I vote save for the SSD and just get a fast 7,200 RPM to last until then. The Spinpoint F3 has been the best "bang for your buck " for a while now. 1GB versions have been running in the ~$60 range.

    15% off with code and free shipping.
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