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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

WD3000HLFS Specifications

WD Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts' favorite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever and available in a 300 GB capacity. Engineered for maximum speed, WD VelociRaptor combines a SATA 3Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache, to deliver performance that's up to 35% faster than its speedy older brother. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high-capacity SATA drive and are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments.

Performance Specifications
Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size 16 MB
Average Latency 5.50 ms (nominal)
Load/unload Cycles 50,000 minimum

Seek Times
Read Seek Time 4.2 ms
Write Seek Time 4.7 ms (average)
Track-To-Track Seek Time 0.7 ms (average)

Transfer Rates
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 3 Gb/s (Max)

Physical Specifications
Formatted Capacity 300,069 MB
Capacity 300 GB
Interface SATA 3Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive 586,072,368

Physical Dimensions
Height 1.028 Inches
Length 5.787 Inches
Width 4.00 Inches
Weight 1.08 Pounds

Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
12 VDC
Read/Write 225 mA
Idle 200 mA
Standby 6 mA
Sleep 6 mA

5 VDC
Read/Write 675 mA
Idle 425 mA
Standby 70 mA
Sleep 70 mA

Power Dissipation
Read/Write 6.08 Watts
Idle 4.53 Watts
Standby 0.42 Watts
Sleep 0.42 Watts

Environmental Specifications

Shock
Operating Shock (Read) 65G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 300G, 2 ms

Acoustics
Idle Mode 29 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 36 dBA (average)

Temperature (English)
Operating 32° F to 140° F
Non-operating -40° F to 158° F

Temperature (Metric)
Operating -0° C to 60° C
Non-operating -40° C to 70° C

Humidity
Operating 5-95% RH non-condensing
Non-operating 5-95% RH non-condensing

Altitude (English)
Operating -1,000 feet to 10,000 feet
Non-operating -1,000 feet to 40,000 feet

Vibration
Operating
Linear 20-300 Hz, 0.75G (0 to peak)
Random 10-300 Hz, 0.008 g² / Hz

Non-operating
Low Frequency 0.05 g²/Hz (10 to 300 Hz)
High Frequency 20-500 Hz, 4.0G (0 to peak)

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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