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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

System Speed Test

I doubt that when DOS was put to rest, Vladimir Afanasiev ever thought he would see his System Speed Test software used again in professional reviews. This program offers comprehensive system information, but it also has a powerful benchmarking tool for memory, processor, and disks. In terms of disk performance, it measures interface and physical transfer rates, seek and access times at the hardware level, and it does so without delay or interference from Operating System software or running processes. This is why Benchmark Reviews will continue to use this test: it polls its results directly from the hardware without the need for Windows!

System Speed Test does not require a partition to be present for testing, so all of our Random Access Time benchmarks are completed prior to drive formatting. To detect the Random Access Time, each device runs the full test routine a total of five times. The highest and lowest scores were ignored, and the remainder was averaged. This would be prove pointless however, because the access time benchmark for every single SSD recorded identical test results between runs.

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Using the System Speed Test software, the top Random Access Time benchmarks places the OCZ Vertex EX, Mtron Pro 7500, and ACARD ANS-9010 at the very top of our results. With a lightning-fast 0.08 ms access time, every other SSD is forced to live in the shadow that these products have just created. The 0.9 ms performers include: MemoRight GT, Mtron Pro 7000, Mtron MOBI 3500, Intel 80GB X25-M. with the OCZ Vertex, Patriot Torqx, Super Talent UltraDrive ME, Mtron MOBI 3000, and lastly the OCZ Summit completing the remainder of sub-0.1 ms SSD products.

The DRAM cache buffer is common link between request and response time. Solid State Drive devices have the advantage of a nearly instantaneous NAND storage bank reponding to an even faster DRAM buffer. Conversely, Hard Disk Drive products depend on a fast spindle speed to reduce the delay before the buffer transmits data.

Although the SSDs at the slower end of our Response Time chart may seem less impressive, in reality you couldn't begin to perceive these subtle differences in real-world applications. Still, the slowest SSD product (0.51ms) is 14x more responsive than the fastest desktop hard drive. Hard Disk Drive alternatives are much slower to react, regardless of spindle speed and cache buffer size.

Even the very best of the desktop hard drive products, such as Western Digital's VelociRaptor, only produced a best response time of 7.15 ms. The older Western Digital Raptor took 8.53ms to respond, followed by 12.99ms for the Seagate 7200.11, and 15.39ms for the 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 notebook drive. The worst performer was the standard 5400 RPM notebook drive (Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 HTS541640J9SA00), which recorded a painfully slow 17.41ms Random Access Time.

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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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