WD Introduces Fastest Ever VelociRaptor HDDs

Need some serious storage to deliver your data in a hurry but you can't afford to tap into solid state drives yet? Western Digital announced today that it is now shipping VelociRaptor 450GB and 600GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives.

The WD VelociRaptor hard drive packs 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor; but it is also available in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink.

The new drives run on a SATA 6 Gb/s interface and with a 32MB cache, which WD claims will give it a 15 percent performance boost over previous generation.

MSRP for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD.

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  • mister g
    I wonder, does the heatsink really need to be there or is it because a full 3.5" version too expensive and/or too buggy to make.
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  • rkelly1
    will they still work on a sata 3gb/s interface
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  • XD_dued
    rkelly1will they still work on a sata 3gb/s interface


    Yes its backwards compatible
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