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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

Closer Look: WD VelociRaptor

Most would agree that the large "IcePack" heatsink tray attached to the Western Digital VelociRaptor looks just as cool as it performs. But the downside to permanently placing a 2.5" hard drive in a 3.5" tray is that you've just cut out the largest growing market segment of computers: notebooks.

It's great to know that Western Digital offers a 5-year warranty on the entire Raptor/VelociRaptor series, but removing the IcePack unit will cut this to zero.


Western Digital offers the VelociRaptor in 150- and 300GB capacities. For our tests in the past, the 150GB version served well. For this performance review, the 300GB WD3000HLFS model will be used for benchmark testing.

The WD VelociRaptor is the last remaining high-performance hard drive product on the desktop storage market segment. Performance Enthusiasts have several choices available to them, but high-capacity storage devices are quickly catching up with the Raptor/VelociRaptor's 10,000 RPM spindle speed performance by adding larger cache buffer DRAM amounts.


While competing Hard Disk Drive products feature 32MB cache buffers, WD held firm to 16MB for the VelociRaptor. The previous generation of Raptor HDDs used a standard-size magnetic platter, but the new VelociRaptor improves response time with a smaller 2.5-inch (64 mm) platter. Unfortunately, the WD VelociRaptor does not offer perpendicular recording technology like that found on other Western Digital storage products.


Without sounding bias towards SSD technology, which is difficult to avoid considering our healthy selection of articles on the topic, our 300GB VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS hard drive will be compared and contrasted to the competing product space. Benchmark Reviews knows both HDD and SSD technologies inside and out, so this article should offer fair judgment of strengths and weaknesses as we head into our testing section.



# 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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