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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS
WD VelociRaptor Features
WD3000HLFS Specifications
Closer Look: WD VelociRaptor
Drive Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IO Bandwidth
Random Access IOPS Tests
I/O Response Time
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Sequential Performance Tests
Buffered Transaction Speed
Storage Media Final Thoughts
WD VelociRaptor HDD Conclusion

WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive

Considering the state of the global economy, along with local recession and unemployment, performance computer builders have had to make some difficult decisions. It's not easy to convince enthusiasts that they should invest their money in mechanical hard disk products in the age of Solid State Drives, especially when performance favors SSD's almost two-fold. But the cost of high-performance HDDs has remained very affordable, and the capacity is ever-expanding. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive against a large field of high-performance storage solutions.

Anyone familiar with articles published here at Benchmark Reviews should be very well-aware of our obsession with Solid State Drive technology. They're complex, and every SSD is different than the next. SSDs are nothing like Hard Disk Drive (HDD) technology, which improves as spindle speed and cache buffer are increased. The battle between SSD and HDD technology teeters between performance, price, and capacity. This is why we offer so much coverage on the topic: it's interesting and exciting.

Western Digital has enjoyed a long history of successful hard disk product lines, and the two most popular desktop products have come from the WD Raptor and WD VelociRaptor series. For the past six years, the Raptor series has stood strong as the go-to hard drive for performance enthusiasts and impatient gamers. In 2008 the Raptor product line was replaced with the VelociRaptor series, which doubled the capacity and improved cooling with an attached "IcePack" 3.5" heatsink tray.

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000HLFS 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive

Nevertheless, gamers and performance enthusiasts have been keeping notes on SSD technology for a while now, and until recently the price and performance of Solid State Drives were not within reach for casual consumers. SSD products have quickly moved into the mainstream, and former marketing points like power consumption is now the least impressive of all benefits a Solid State Drive delivers. The real payoff is in the practically instant response time and high-performance throughput. Capacity and price were once the major hurdles keeping SSDs from replacing HDDs, but now it's just capacity.

While SSDs have a decent speed advantage over HDDs, cost and capacity still favor products like the WD VelociRaptor. The WD VelociRaptor still packs an impressive punch for just over $1/GB, but as of August 2009 there are now Solid State Drive storage devices selling online for nearly $2 per gigabyte. Data storage capacity is the tallest obstacle for SSDs, but not in the high-performance sector where the WD VelociRaptor offers 300GB of storage space and most mainstream SSD models offer 256GB. So it seems that the age of the hard drive may soon be relegated to high-capacity applications, unless products like the VelociRaptor can put up a good fight. In this article Benchmark Reviews discovers what life is like for the Western Digital VeliciRaptor, in the age of the Solid State Drive.

About WD: Western Digital Corporation

WD is the brand name for Western Digital Corporation. WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.wd_logo_300px_blue.png

WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.



 

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# not satisfiedprasanth 2010-02-16 20:06
speed is good i am happy with it but the storage capacity is not as i expected
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# Not Satisfied eh?Josh 2010-05-01 16:56
you bought a 300gb but expected a 1tb eh?

This review said it all, it's the best HD on the market right now and its price still beats SSD's - but not for long, I'd expect that by the end of 2010 they will be very nearly neck and neck
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSPete 2010-05-10 00:24
Not Satisfied. Strange comment by Prasanth: 300GB gives you 300GB! Surely you did not expect more storage capacity? I have found the drive to be very impressive "in normal use" and a very acceptable alternative to the (presently) too-expensive top of the range SSDs. Josh is spot on!
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSlol? 2010-05-29 22:12
ssd's beat raptors for price vs performance a long time ago lulz.
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# TechEmad 2011-01-30 06:21
This drive should be great but it dies
I installed six of this drive on three servers with two mirrored on each. After one month one of then died. And after six months another one died. Good thing I had them mirrored.
I got the first one replaced and will have to replace the other one.
So be prepared.
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# Re VelociRaptor and SSD'sforwards 2011-10-26 13:38
Well here we are at the end of 2011 and still waiting for that SSD price fall and still paying in excess of the $2.00/GB here in Australia. Also newest SSD failed after four days with bad sectors. Wonder if S.M.A.R.T.Reporter is actually the right tool to monitor SSD's.
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# COOLHungarian 2011-11-07 09:33
I have a WD3000HLFS (bought end of 2008, or 2009, don't remember), and I statisfied. No any problems, the speed is enough, the capacity sufficient for the all day usage.

VIVA WD VelociRaptor :-)
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# RE: WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFSjames braselton 2012-07-16 17:17
hi there wii has 512 mb ssd wii u 8.5 gb ssd xbox 360 slime 4 gb ssd ps3 ultra slime 16 gb ssd xbox 720 will be using the 10,000 rpm veloci-raptor 2.5 inch 250 gb hard drive playing halo at 10,000 rpms will be alwsoume if microsoft next gen console woth next gen hard drive then 20,000 rpm veloci-raptor then a laser velociraptor at 50,000 times 20,000 rpms thats 10,000,000 rpms hard drive then a hybride 20,000 rpm hdd/ssd/laser hdd 20,000 rpm hard drive solid state with laser too the veleci-raprtors petabytes per second read write speeds
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